Author Archives: Zachary_Goldman

“Learn to change the world” OR “Learn, to change the world.”

Last spring, I completed my Master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). As the next batch of new students will be starting classes in a few weeks, I’ve been thinking back to the school’s slogan: “Learn to … Continue reading

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Education Cities’ “Education Equality Index” is a metric with problems

Education Cities has released a new report and interactive data on achievement gaps nationally. They have collected a large national data set and have created a new metric, which they are calling the Education Equality Index (EEI) in order to compare … Continue reading

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5×3=5+5+5

The teacher is wrong to take off points, but this is a flawed critique of Common Core. Continue reading

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The “challenge zone” and group norms

You may be familiar with the following model of task challenge and learning: Comfort Zone: Tasks are easy and comfortable and pleasant–little learning occurs. Challenge Zone: Tasks are complex enough to push the boundaries of one’s thinking and skills and maintain … Continue reading

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My Philosophy of Education

For one of my courses, students were asked to bring a quick summary of their philosophies of education. Here is (a slightly modified version of) what I wrote. I have lots of opinions about education. I think most emerge from what is … Continue reading

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The chair rotates 360 degrees!

My 88-year-old grandmother recently got a new desk chair. It is a pretty typical chair. After putting it together for her, I walked her through getting the back adjusted to the right level. We discussed how to use the lever … Continue reading

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How I think about conflicts

When thinking about most conflicts, large or small, I find myself mentally organizing people’s responses to the conflict into particular rungs within this ladder (a personal model adapted from the work of the Arbinger Institute, Sustained Dialogue, and other sources)…. … Continue reading

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Intelligence Squared debates: voting data

Intelligence Squared US is a series of public debates on a wide variety of important, contentious topics.  A motion is proposed and two experts who support the motion debate two experts who oppose the motion. The debates take place in … Continue reading

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Service and Self-Efficacy

I recently had another post published on City Year’s internal IJ Blog! You need a City Year login to be able to view the original, so the full text is included below. Sorry that there is some City Year jargon … Continue reading

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To what extent are insights gained through introspection generalizable? (II-PT #1)

This is part 1 in a new series of posts titled Irresolvable Inter-Polar Tension, or “II-PT,” for short. The acronym conveniently looks like “two-part” and can be pronounced in that way.  F. Scott Fitzgerald once claimed that “the test of … Continue reading

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