I wish we could instead spend the millions wasted on textbooks towards more useful materials like high-interest books. Unfortunately, here in California, this unfortunate laser-like focus on textbooks has led to the well-intentioned but flawed Williams Act, which requires every student to have an up-to-date textbook but which doesn’t allow those funds to be spent on more useful materials. In fact, apart from our Theory of Knowledge textbook, all the useful texts I’ve in my classes have come out of our school’s funds. Fortunately, our school’s leaders understand what our students need.
Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).
Public television and radio station KQED’s popular Mindshift blog is hosting me tomorrow, Friday, noon Pacific Time, at a Facebook Live discussion on “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop the Intrinsic Motivation to Write.”
Just go to their Facebook page at that time and you should see the live video feed. I’ll talk for awhile and then you can write in questions and share your own ideas, too!