That Weird Math Course

O. Guy Morley February 1, 2019 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. If there is a choice between a test … Continue reading That Weird Math Course

Concerns about McMindfulness

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org April 18, 2017 (First written: December 2, 2016) Mindfulness is everywhere, from spiritual and medical facilities to workplace, military, prison, and school. While I am not against the fact that more people are becoming aware of the benefits of mindfulness, I am deeply concerned about some aspects of the proliferation. One of … Continue reading Concerns about McMindfulness

My Not-So-Mainstream Position about (High School) Education

Nobo Komagata March 25, 2018 (minor correction/revision on August 23, 2018) Goal I would like to live in a peaceful world. I guess (almost) everyone, including children, would like too. Unfortunately, we, adults, have failed to build such a world (need evidence?). No wonder, many children and young adults do not aspire to live in … Continue reading My Not-So-Mainstream Position about (High School) Education

Why Don’t We Start from Students’ Problems?

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org March 24, 2017 (slightly edited: May 19, 2019) »»» This essay is dedicated to some HMS teachers who do their best. ««« I am against a lot of things (of course, not everything) that are happening at the Hunter Middle School (HMS), a pseudonym for the middle school where my daughter goes. … Continue reading Why Don’t We Start from Students’ Problems?

Education as a “Buying” Process: Contrasting with the Conventional, “Selling” View of Education

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org October 8, 2016 (First written: January 10, 2014) A lot of discussion on education focus on what and how to teach. To “sell” their teaching materials and methods, teachers often become salespeople. But unless the buyer is interested in their products, salespeople are simply ineffective. This seems exactly what is happening in … Continue reading Education as a “Buying” Process: Contrasting with the Conventional, “Selling” View of Education

On Positive Behavior Support: A Critical View

Nobo Komagata PA7H.org October 17, 2016 (First Written: September 20, 2013) A Letter from the School At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, I received a letter from my daughter’s public elementary school. The letter states that the school community: “will implement a new and exciting school wide behavior initiative called Positive Behavior Support … Continue reading On Positive Behavior Support: A Critical View