No constraints = no problem to solve = boredom

What makes a great educational environment?

In a great educational environment students are engaged/interested in learning/doing something they see value in, that provides a challenge that seems attainable, with people who they know care about them.

My Speech at the Statehouse to the Indiana Coalition for Public Education

Good afternoon, it is a profound honor to speak to you today, thank you. I am Phil Downs. I am a social studies teacher currently on assignment as the superintendent of Southwest Allen County Schools, and I was asked to speak for five minutes today on the research I have done into Indiana’s budget and its Voucher program.

How do images move and transfer?

"Something inside one person takes external form — contained by a poem, picture, melody, play, etc — and through a certain kind of engagement, is transferred to the inside of someone else. Art as a transit system for images." - Lynda Barry

Address to the 2019 Indiana School Board Association Conference

In 1949, my parents were 10 years old, Harry Truman was president, the Mann Gulch fire revolutionized the study of forest fires, the Berlin Blockade ended, Mao Tse Tung became the premiere of the People’s Republic of China, the Geneva Convention was signed, Lucky Lady II performed the first non-stop circumnavigation flight of the planet, 1984 was published, NATO was established, Newfoundland joined Canada, the world's first commercially available computer, The Ferranti Mark 1, was released, and the first ISBA/IAPSS conference was held.


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