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 Podcast #6 - "Gathering Places"

School, as we know it, will soon be obsolete. If we continue to view it merely as a place to deliver curriculum, it already is! So, what should a school be? Besides standard academic content, what should be taught there? On this episode, I talk with my daughter, first grade teacher Kylene Richards, about the most important lessons she teaches - and how we can keep brick and mortar schools relevant.