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My Schooling

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

Essays and personal accounts about my education.

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Subjects in the Classroom and Life

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A discussion on the utilitarian value of the subjects our schools teach. This editorial on education was one of the last pieces Shawn Olson printed as a Messenger writer.

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educational subjects, subject relevance in education

Education

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Jun 4, 2003
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The Call for Religion in Schools

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

An unpublished editorial on religion in the classroom.

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religion in school, science and religion, religion and education

My Swing Against the Anti-Spanking Movement

Posted on Oct 4, 2005 | Last Updated Mar 4, 2015

Essay on corporal punishment, parenting and American society.

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corporal punishment, parenting, society, education

Nature and Education

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

Shawn Olson calls for more inclusion of nature in education.

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nature education, natural curiosity

Cultural Cataracts

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

A personal conversation about the challenges facing educational and cultural progress in the face of overwhelming ignorance and myopia.

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parenting, education, society, culture

The Price of Learning: Gradecard Dilemma

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Aug 16, 2013

There is a paradox concerning a parent's push for good grades. The kids don't care about learning.

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misplaced values in education, gradecard dilemma

Jack Buckingham Retires after 31 Years in SWCS

Posted on May 30, 2009 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
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Jack Buckingham was one of my teachers at Westland High School. This is a short feature on Buck.

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How to get better teachers.

Posted on Jan 27, 2003 | Last Updated May 31, 2007

There is only one way to get better teachers. Pay them more.

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education, salary, money, teacher, standards
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