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Embedded: Alyson Greenfield in the Creativity and Problem Solving Music Education Class 

As a newcomer to Teachers College, I did not know what to expect when walking into Professor Randall Allsup’s Creativity and Problem Solving in Music Education class.  When entering the light-filled room, I was greeted by a couple of grand pianos, an inviting, semi-circle of chairs, and an excited buzz among the students. …

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A&H Chair Gaudelli Calls For More Global Citizenship Education at UN Academic Meeting in Seoul 

William Gaudelli, Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, called for immediate action to broaden and strengthen global citizenship education in a panel discussion on May 20 in Seoul, South Korea. He was an invited panelist at the Second United Nations …

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EdTPA Conference a Success, Department of Arts & Humanities Well Represented (VIDEO LINK)  ☆

By Tim Ignaffo On March 8, nearly 150 people attended a National edTPA Conference at Barnard College, a joint event co-sponsored by TC Departments Arts & Humanities, Curriculum & Teaching, and the Barnard Education Program. The conference was organized by students at Teachers College with the generous support of Department Chairs Marjorie Siegel and Ruth …

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Self in the City: An Argentinean Exploration 

Carmen James is a Ph.D. student in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia. This summer, with generous funding from Columbia University’s Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) for pre-dissertation research, I travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The three-month investigation, entitled Constructing Culture: City, Space and Advocating for Humanity, aimed to understand the …

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English Education Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz on Bullying  ☆

In a story investigating a spate of violent anti-Asian attacks in an impoverished, culturally mixed South Philadelphia high school, (a nonprofit platform to pioneer community powered reporting) spoke to English Education Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz about the underlying causes of bullying. Read her response--as well as the steps this particular school took to make the classroom …

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Professor Robbie McClintock’s Tribute Blog  ☆

TC students, colleagues and alumni create a chorus of gratitude, respect and congratulations on a tribute blog for retiring professor Dr. Robbie McClintock. Eloquent stories, insightful anecdotes and photos from all vintages round out the tribute to a most esteemed educator. Heralded for his “radical openness,” the John & Sue Ann Weinberg Chair in Historical …

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The Dollars and Sense of Teacher Compensation 

In these troubled economic times, common sense dictates that frugality rules.  So anything that smacks of fiscal extravagance seems to defy our collective good sense. Jonathan Cohn recently wrote a fascinating blog entitled “Why Public Employees Are the New Welfare Queens” about the contentiousness surrounding civil servants’ compensation.  He posted the blog less than two …

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Retooling English 

My family had many ways of knowing and doing.  My mom was creative—she loved to garden, learn new crafts, quilt and sew.  She could transform the simplest components into something lovely or useful. My dad was (and still is) an artist when it came to carving the earth with a backhoe and a bulldozer.  He …

Posted 110 months ago by

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The Death and Life of the Great American School System: A Review  ☆

"The Death and Life of the Great American School System” has been one of the most talked about books around Teachers College this summer. Having finally digested what this work has to offer, I can understand why. Diane Ravitch writes with the rigor and clarity of a fine historian, about issues that are all too …

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What is college really for? More thoughts on society and the liberal arts 

In his recent book ,” Matthew B. Crawford calls into question the prevailing sentiment that “knowledge work” is somehow more intrinsically valuable than skilled trade labor. Crawford earned a Ph.D in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, and is now a fellow and the institute for advanced studies at the University of Virginia. Just …

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(re)Considering Theory 

There was a rather amusing article in The New York Times a couple months ago, in which Rebecca Newberger Goldstein relates a comical tale expressing the tension between what she describes as philosophy and theory. Goldstein was a former professor of philosophy but is now a novelist. Her anecdote recalls the time when Theory began …

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Universality and a Liberal Arts Education 

In a recent post in the New York Times Opinion blog, Stanley Fish couched an impassioned case for classical, liberal arts education within a review of three recent books on the state of American education (“The Core” by Leigh Bortins; “Not For Profit” by Martha Nussbaum; and “The Death and Life of the Great …

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Social Justice and the Arizona Ethnic Studies ban 

As a student in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, addressing the question of social justice education is impossible to avoid. It seems this could be said for any TC student. From the moment we walk in the front door, John Dewey (along with just about every program or departmental mission statement) is …

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