What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.

The Missing Pieces in Education Podcast #5 - Mission U and Rigor

In this episode, Jaime and Aatash welcome former XQ Super School colleague, Carl Shan. The three discuss Adam Braun's Mission U and the 14 hard and soft skills students most need to master to be attractive in the job market. Later, Jaime and Aatash talk about rigor. What really is rigorous? Jaime argues that A.P. Courses are not that rigorous. Here are the links Jaime promised in the pod: Adam Braun's interview on EntreLeadership Pencils of Promise Udacity