Monthly Archives: September 2013

From Mongolia to MIT, via MOOC

At TLC Middle School, we will start our mornings by discussing news articles from around the world. One article we’d certainly discuss is a piece called The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator — it’s about a 16-year old boy from Mongolia who did … Continue reading

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Students need to know about 9-11

It’s hard to understand the modern world without knowing something about 9/11 — a seminal event that happened before today’s 6th graders were born. At TLC Middle School, we will learn about 9/11. We will approach the topic in a thoughtful way. … Continue reading

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What employers want: real world experience

When I went to work out at Duke today, I had to share the gym with a career fair: Two interviewers for Deloitte & Touche were in the section of the gym where I was working out, eating their box … Continue reading

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Let’s get real and teach about Syria

If you walk into a school today, and you go over to any student, and you say, “is the work you are doing real or fake?” they can give you an answer just like that [snaps fingers]. That’s the first … Continue reading

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Abandon your curriculum: Unpack Syria (and the Arab Spring)

Students want to learn about events in Syria. They are fascinated with what’s going on. Here’s proof: My friend Mike Harris took time on Wednesday to talk about Syria with his 6th grade students. After each class, Mike’s students posed … Continue reading

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UNC discussion about Syria

Last night, I attended a panel discussion at UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center. As you can see below, the room was packed: The panelists (whose bios are available here) included three historians, an international law professor, a journalist/editor with experience … Continue reading

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Teaching Syria to 12th graders

I met today with John Guerra, one of my former students who is now a senior at Cary Academy. John is a bright and diligent student who is taking the most advanced physics class at his school, the top literature … Continue reading

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