What do you teach?

Imagine if we had to label our classes with names other than “content” names. You could not call your class social studies, or Algebra II, or AP Physics…you had to call it what you really want the kids to get out of it, what values you would like kids to explore…Courage 101, Know When to Rebel, Innovation…Kindness. And maybe if we couldn’t settle on what to label our classes, we could agree that they could and should all be called one thing…life.

What do I teach? I teach Life.

Above is a comment I left onĀ this post.


  1. I’ve always felt math classes should be called “How not to be ripped off in the real world.”. That focus would be far more beneficial for most kids than the Algebra and Geometry I tried to get my students to understand.

  2. Hey Paul,

    Been thinking about this recently – with all the talk about “bases” for the curriculum – mastery-based, content-based, skills-based, standards-based, project-based, etc. It seems to me that whatever we “base” it on will eventually manifest itself in the chopping of curriculum into whatever discrete units is deemed appropriate. So I posit a “meaning-based” curriculum – if followed, any content division would be meaningless and moot.

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