This blog has long been a discrete hobby for me but recently, I've noticed that people are starting to visit it. And I'm partially to blame since I mentioned a few of the articles to people and in comments.
So quick! I need an "about me" and a disclosure. So before the FTC comes banging at my door, lets be clear: I run a for-profit educational technology company so readers should be aware that this is a form of advertising for our services and products The primary relevant products are:
VocabularySpellingCity: website and app - Word Study
Science4Us: website and app - Early Elementary Science
My name is John Edelson, I'm the founder of these services and the company that creates and markets them. I'm interested in education both because that's how I make my living but more importantly, because I think education is fascinating.
What is education, what is learning, what is trivial, what is meaningful? I know what skill-building and credential-granting is but surely we have a sense of education beyond that?
Should schools and teachers and curriculum vendors be accountable for student outcomes? Can the meaningful part of education be measured on standardized tests? I think in many ways, the answer is yes. Reading is a foundation and reading skills can and should be measured. Schools should be responsible for delivering a quality education even to, and especially to, those kids who are least likely to show up ready to learn and pay attention.
Is that enough of a rant to start my about me with?
And on a formal day, this is what I look like in 2015: