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Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2015
Diana Senechal teaches philosophy at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering in New York City; in addition, she serves on the faculty of the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. In this article she states that if someone had told her five years ago that she would be a high…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Curriculum Design, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2013
America was made by and for big ideas. Insofar as big ideas have shaped it, it is ever on the verge of hyperbole and dream. Today's big ideas come with an air of celebrity and accessibility; they glitter with glamour but demand little of the Americans. While they have many manifestations, people see them epitomized in TEDTalks. TED (which stands…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Trends, Educational Change, Poetry
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2012
Success has meant wealth, virtue, excellence, wisdom, personal contentment, or any combination of these, but its definition has flattened over time, particularly in the past few decades. A combination of economic anxiety, aggressive advertising, ubiquitous ratings, and verbal vagueness has led to an emphasis on the external aspects of…
Descriptors: Achievement, Success, Definitions, Rewards
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2012
There is only one practice of solitude: to make a choice and carry it out well. The particulars assemble around this simple principle. One may later regret the choice; one may end up reversing or abandoning it. The choice may consist of doing nothing or refraining from a decision until the time is right. But no matter what it entails, one must…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Writing Relationship, Writing (Composition), Reader Text Relationship
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2011
A strong curriculum brings clarity to a school's endeavor; it has practical, intellectual, and philosophical benefits. It gives shape to the subjects, helps ensure consistency within and among schools, makes room for first-rate books and tests, and leaves teachers room for professional judgment and creativity. In this article, the author explains…
Descriptors: Creativity, School Culture, Teaching Methods, Evaluation
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2010
As long as there have been public schools, there have been reformers of public schools. All too often, they have insisted on sweeping changes; enamored of their bold, new idea, they haven't considered whether anything established ought to endure. The result? A century of faddish ideas, but little real progress. Among today's most vocal reformers…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Objectives