Journal of Thought

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer

Becoming a Positive and Effective Special Educator: Lessons Learned from a Special Education Mentor
I will never forget the day my principal walked into the copier room and inquired, Can you come to the office with me for a minute? There's a retired teacher that wants to meet you. She would like to volunteer. Stunned, I jumped up and headed...
Contested Definitions of Excellent Teaching: An Analysis of the Discourse of Quality
Concern over the quality of teaching in American public schools has existed for as long as the schools themselves (Cruickshank, 1992). Currently policy makers in the U.S. and around the world are heavily focused on educational improvement efforts centered...
Laughing and Crying through First Year of Teaching: Moral Education and Real-Life Elementary Children
Introduction What situations and dialogues happen in U.S. schools that inspire first-year teachers on their career path? To shed light on one aspect of this question, I will focus on interactions that stem from teachers' moral compasses and how...
Letter from the Editors
Dear Readers, The editorial team here at the Journal of Thought was saddened recently when we learned of the death of Dr. James J. Van Patten. Dr. Van Patten was the founder of the Journal of Thought, and made many contributions to educational philosophy...
Pearson Learning and the Ongoing Corporatization of Public Education
Over the past 20 years, Pearson Learning has become the largest and most powerful publisher of educational textbooks and education-related materials used throughout P-12 public education, as well as in higher and adult education in the United States....
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
In the New York Times Bestseller and 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, author Nicholas Carr takes the reader on an historical journey of technological inventions perceived as advancements, as he informs...
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