Opinion

Does Access Always End in Excess?

The fact that access and excess resemble each other is because of a family resemblance they brought to English from Latin, their shared language of origin. They also came into English at the same...

Let Teachers Be the Influencers

A recent NEA survey found that 55% of all educators plan to leave the profession earlier than expected due to pandemic-related stress.In just two years’ time, the US is expected to have about 200,000 fewer...

Learn Local, Think Global

Our concept of global education needs to adapt more quickly to the reality of our increasingly interconnected...

Make the School Day Longer?

Will extra time in school help children make up for instruction lost because of the pandemic? The...

Pluralism of Nouns

People who grow up speaking English never have to worry about one of the odder parts of our grammar: noncount nouns (also called mass nouns).These are words like sand or butter that don’t have usual plural forms, don’t use indefinite articles...

Pretext for Learning

Our school systems are structured around the simple plan that students learn to read for the first few...

Hearts and Minds

As the Russian army proceeds with its invasion of Ukraine, our natural inclination to defend the weaker, younger, more democratic nation against its aggressive, giant, authoritarian neighbor is suppressed by the fear that any...

What Does It Mean to Ask ‘How Does Ukrainian Compare with Russian?’

To ask “How does Ukrainian compare to Russian?” is to admit that you’ve heard of Russian but didn’t realize that Ukrainian was even a language. It is not your own fault, it’s a consequence...

Assessing Change

Our ability to adapt to new situations is key to success. However, change often happens too slowly for us to recognize it, so it takes a sudden, dramatic shift in circumstances to spur a...

Capitalizing on America’s Languages

We’re at an unprecedented point of opportunity for education reform in the U.S., but we need to ensure that adopted reforms rejuvenate our systems and make them more flexible to suit the diversity of...
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