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The Magic of Disney

“I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.” - Walt Disney continue reading...

08-Feb-11 13:09

22nd Century School - The Future of Education

Needless to say, the purpose of schools (not necessarily the schools themselves) has evolved over time. During the late 19th century/ early 20th century, conformity was the emphasis. Technology was developing with the advent of the airplane, the automobile, and the submarine, all within a relatively close time-frame. Furthermore, the assembly line had been invented by Ford, democracy was on the rise, and industry was booming. Because of this, trade/apprenticeship skills were diminishing and, in an assembly line fashion, conformity was emphasized among the general populous. This trickled down to the education level and created what has been termed the “factory school.” continue reading...

06-Dec-10 09:26

The Silent Epidemic: Obesity in American Schools

In the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, there is a rather rotund character by the name of Augustus Gloop. Pretty much obsessed with eating (especially chocolate), Augustus ends up following his belly instead of his brains and finds himself eventually stuck in a chocolate transportation pipe. If you’ve watched the movie, you know he is dis-missed from the premises and loses his chance to win the lifetime supply of chocolate. Perhaps that’s a good thing, in his case. continue reading...

22-Nov-10 10:47

Factory School: The need for creativity

In 1913, ten years after he founded the Ford Motor Company, Ford installed the first moving assembly line in one of his automobile manufacturing plants. Its design enabled a car, which normally took 14 hours to construct from scratch, to be manufactured every 93 minutes. Immensely efficient and constantly in motion, the assembly line became a staple instrument and icon of the 20th century. The faster turn-out rate also allowed consumers to benefit from the decreased costs of production. All in all, everybody was happy. continue reading...

20-Oct-10 13:40

Absorb Criticism | Reflect Honor

You’re sitting at your first parent-teacher meeting. Parents file in casually, helping themselves to your budget-friendly assortment of treats and drinks. As they individually finish their side-conversations, one turns toward you to discuss her two children, Ashley and Johnny. continue reading...

07-Oct-10 14:56

The power of one.

Time and time again in history, we see how critical turning points of entire civilizations hinged on the actions of small groups of individuals and even at times on sole individuals. Aristotle changed the way we as humans view logic and the world around us. continue reading...

21-Sep-10 15:16

The Third Teacher

The fact that a student’s environment affects their learning is a well-known fact with a plethora of studies to support it but the concept of it also being a teacher in itself is revolutionary, to say the least. The question that follows this discovery is quite simply, “Then how should an environment teach?” continue reading...

02-Sep-10 22:29


Upon the start of this school year and the inception of this blog, my mind swarmed with discussion topics. My biggest question was “What can SOEA do, as an organization, to affect a change in Oklahoma’s school system?” continue reading...

02-Sep-10 22:28

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