Only a lot of boys and girls?
Only the tiresome spelling, writing, ciphering classes?
Only a public school?
Ah more, infinitely more…
Public education is often derided as a low-paying, low-status career, fit for those unable to do anything more important. That view is profoundly misguided. Given the school’s place in preserving or challenging cultural norms, shaping children’s morals and habits of mind, and ultimately bringing new worlds into being, quite a lot hangs in the balance every time a teacher steps into a classroom.
I engage learners with Socratic principles of freedom, inquiry, and independence: all of my courses require students to reflect on important texts and to engage in conversations about the purposes of teaching and learning. I rarely lecture, and prefer to use a few well-placed questions to guide conversations.
I currently teach undergraduate and graduate courses in educational policy, philosophy, and history at the University of Maryland–College Park. Current course syllabi are available below: