John Skelton

[BLOG] Freedom in an Unreal World

First, a bit of explanation for the sparsity of my blogging. I’m currently working on a my final project, something they call a “capstone” (because it’s all about the branding). It’s kind of like doing a research project, but perhaps a bit more practical. My topic, in case I didn’t state it in an earlier post, is a guide for home educators (i.e. parents) in hiring a “professional teacher” (and what that term even means). You can be sure I’ll share it here when I’m done. Now to the subject of my post, which is an obvious reference to Harry Brown’s “How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World”. In this case, though, I’m referring to a completely fictitious world ...

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[BLOG – SCHOOL ISSUES] The Professional Teacher

Part One: A Definition (From As I have alluded to in a previous post, one of the important definitions to be made is in regards to the term ‘professional’ as it relates to teaching. Before we turn to the dictionary for a suggestion of meaning, we need to understand that this term is very vague. Professional implies that something is done as a profession (i.e. a career). It also, connotes a sense of high quality – the result of specialized knowledge and skills. In modern usage, it also has come to include the idea that there are rigorous credentialing processes that insure that only the best individuals attain this status. (Would that such a thing were a guarantee!) Now, ...

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