Promoting Interest in the Classroom
An essay about the role teachers play in making subjects interesting, valuable and relevant to students. Prompted by an Open-House visit to Westland High School.
My Experience at Westland High School
How an honor-roll student can lose heart and drop out
An overview of Shawn Olson's experience at Westland High School.
Jack Buckingham Retires after 31 Years in SWCS
Jack Buckingham was one of my teachers at Westland High School. This is a short feature on Buck.
Subjects in the Classroom and Life
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.
Smart Kids in Distress
Advice for young artists and free thinkers struggling in high school.
Discipline in School
A strict look at the need for strong discipline in the classroom.
Education in the Digital Age
Essay on education in the modern digital age.
Observations on high school drop-outs and society.
How to get better teachers.
There is only one way to get better teachers. Pay them more.