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Executive Functioning and Self-Discipline

Executive Functioning and Self-Discipline
Executive functioning has become a popular term to help parents and educators come to terms with their continual failure to get children to perform to standard levels of performance or proficiency, either their own defined standards or global standards, despite the highest per pupil spending in the world. With all this money pouring into education, and an ability to slot only so many children into... 

Goal Orientation Theory and Education

Goal Orientation Theory and Education
In “The Little Engine That Couldn’t,” we see the frustration that Russell Esky, a prototypical rookie teacher feels while working within the system to teach children, struggling to deal with motivation problems that spring forth from both the system and from external environments, but seemingly blaming his struggles on only himself and factors external to the system (at least he doesn’t blame... 

Competition should have no place in K-12 education

Competition should have no place in K-12 education
“Let’s stop the hippy dippy nonsense and teach our kids that the real world sucks and that we need to learn how to deal with it.” Maybe not everyone should get a trophy, but maybe not everyone should be making YouTube videos. Competition currently has a very prominent place in K-12 academic settings, a central place, but it should not. The elevated position that competition has in K-12 academics... 

Memorization

Memorization
There are endless valid critiques of the status quo, traditional education system, as there should be given the very damaging outcomes that it produces. The status quo, traditional education system is a highly coercive, punitive and demoralizing institution that treats children more like widgets or dollar signs than complex individuals with unbound potential and very real emotional and social needs.... 
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