The Problem With Conventional Wisdom

Conventional wisdom is the body of ideas or explanations generally accepted as true by the public or by experts in a field.  Here is some of the conventional wisdom regarding education over the past century: Education is primarily about delivering … Read More

The Homework Question Revisited

Nothing much has changed since the last time I wrote about homework, in 2010. The most recent research supports earlier data that shows little to no correlation between homework and achievement in the elementary grades, with one caveat:  there is … Read More

Soft Skills, Solid Values

Recently, in an nprEd article, “Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?” the author, Anya Kamenetz, wrote that more than ever before, people in education and in the workforce agree on the importance of learning … Read More

Change Or……!

In a day and age when knowledge is easily obtainable by grabbing your smartphone from your pocket, and information learned may be outdated two minutes after a student graduates, employers care less about facts and more about whether a graduate … Read More

Who Needs an IDEA Collaborative Anyway? (And Why It’s Jewish)

Why does Hillel need the Audrey and William Farber Family IDEA Collaborative?  Simply put, we are determined to prepare our children for the 21st  century world they will inherit, not the world of the 20th century. To teach them the way … Read More