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In the Garden of STEM

By Steven McGee /

“April showers bring May flowers,” is a common expression in the midwest of the United States. Those April showers also bring May weeds. The state of Illinois lists the dandelion as an official weed. Dandelions are particularly pernicious for homeowners as they have evolved to bring joy to children. When the dandelion flower turns to…

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The Election of Pope Francis Highlights that Everyday is April Fools’ Day

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If you believe that this essay was posted on April 1, 2013, you can thank Pope Gregory XIII. If you identify the date this article was posted in some other fashion, April Fools’ Day is for you. Prior to 1582, much of the world used a calendar that was developed under Julius Caesar, known as…

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The End of My Writer’s Block with Educational Lessons from One of the “Worst American CEOs of All Time”

By Steven McGee /

“Oh, darn writers blockWhy is my mind in a lock?It’s taking over my mindOh, the right words are so hard to find I think my sanity is gone‘Cause this writer’s block has lasted far too longWhy can’t I get the words dead-on?Every single word I write seems wrong!” – Boo to Writers’ Block by fruitilicious…

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This Year’s Outbreak of Illinois Teacher Strikes is Oxymoronic

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When Illinois enacted new education reform through Senate Bill 7 in June 2011, Arne Duncan praised the passage of the legislation by saying, “While some states are engaging in noisy and unproductive battles around education reform, Illinois is showing what can happen when adults work through their differences together. Illinois has created a powerful framework…

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The Boy Scouts vs Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The motto of the boy scouts is “Be prepared.” Legend has it that when Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the boy scouts, was asked, “Be prepared for what?”, he responded, “Be prepared for anything.” I think Baden-Powell’s view of the boy scouts sums up modern education. The boy scouts program aspires to prepare boys with…

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What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Education

By Steven McGee /

The London 2012 Olympics have been over for two weeks and I am sill experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The Olympics pack the adrenalin rush of an entire sports season into a 2-week period. There are so many amazing stories of incredible athletes, from newcomers to experienced athletes. One of the first U. S. gold medalists was…

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