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“The Darn Thing’s Not Working”


Today’s “Pickles” comic strip has many applications to education. Often, in the classroom, we might see a issue needing a solution — a student needing to develop a greater capacity for self-control, a reluctant reader, etc. — and wonder why our solutions (punishment, etc.) don’t work. One reason might be because we’re applying the wrong “tool.”

The same is true for many school reform ideas — merit pay, a longer school day, more standardized testing. These tools are not the right ones for the job.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Thank you so much for your sites. We have a little academy in Tenerife, teaching English mainly to the children of local fishermen. They love our high tech classroom. Your suggestions were just what we needed to make it flourish.

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