The human search engine

March 29th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m working my way through danah boyd’s recent book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and really enjoy it.  It describes the Internet in a way that feels like it actually is, situated somewhere between our worst fears, and highest aspirations for technology.  Framing youth through their use of social media also serves to […]


More Chicago teacher strike context

September 17th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Why the U.S. is not Finland with regard to education policy: http://blackagendareport.com/content/why-us-can%E2%80%99t-compete-educationally Disconnect from wealthy funders of anti-teacher union candidates and largely low-income public school students: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/09/american-teachers.html#ixzz26iDsyahX Culture of “teacher bashing”: http://www.otherwords.org/articles/chicago_and_the_psychology_of_teacher_bashing Infographic on growth of charter schools: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/sep/17/educating-tomorrow-k-12/


New metrics

September 15th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

A friend posted an image on Facebook related to the Chicago Teacher Strike that said: Legislators want teachers to be paid according to their effectiveness as evaluated by student test scores. How about paying legislators according to their effectiveness — as evaluated by job creation and economic growth? To unpack this a little, I’d say […]


See Click Fix for civic processes

March 27th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Growing up, I was lucky enough to be able to walk or ride my bike to my school.  When I was a bit younger, and lived farther away, the district had door-to-door bus service.  This isn’t the case in Chicago.  Students who go to magnet or selective enrollment schools have to, in many cases, figure […]


Counting on you

February 24th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

West Ridge community organizers and census representatives hope community members can get everyone counted To get to the census workshop, attendees must first be buzzed into the building and directed to the library, past the school children lingering in the hallway. Inside the library, chairs have been hastily arranged into a wide ‘U’ and the […]


How to Walk to School offers a compelling blueprint, but not a foundation

October 30th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Moving to Chicago with two 9-year-olds, I had my first adult experience with “shopping” for schools. My household didn’t have the resources to consider private schools and were moving long after the deadline for applications to the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) selective magnet schools. So, the search for a good school was focused on the […]


Single gender classrooms

February 9th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This article came across my feed reader.  From the article: “The practice of separating girls from boys in the classroom was the norm decades ago. Now, it seems to be something of a new trend.” A few thoughts … I read a book on gender and computing that said that while girls do better in […]


Reading across the lines

August 20th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The book group I’m facilitating at the county jail met again this past week, interrupting an Uno game going on in the common area of the cell block.  I had just played a game of Uno that afternoon, sprawled out across a post-picnic blanket on a grassy patch just above the lake.  Kids splashed below […]


Non-College Kids Outsiders to Rising ‘Youth Vote’

February 28th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From a story on All Things Considered: Since the 2000 elections, the number of young Americans going to the polls has increased steadily. This year is no different: In some states, double and triple the number of voters younger than 30 have turned out for primaries, compared with 2006. But another trend is also emerging: […]


georgia multicultural school, many students refugees

December 24th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Georgia School Melds a World of Differences – New York Times: “The fact that we don’t have anything in common is what we all have in common,” said Shell Ramirez, an American parent with two children at the school…. “The mission,” Ms. Thompson [one of the founders of the school] said, “was never to create […]


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