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Jeff Edmonds
Works at University School of Nashville
Attended Williams College
Lives in Nashville, Tennessee
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Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the Heat
It's muggy here in Tennessee. You walk across the asphalt, and it shimmers, and you think you need a snorkel to breathe. It was hot in Dallas yesterday, too -- 97 degrees, and it had been that way all week. Now there are these murders, which we've seen with...
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More Thoughts on Anxious High School Students
School leaders and teachers across the country are seeing rates of teenage anxiety and depression skyrocket. The school where I work is not immune from these trends, and it's something that faculty and administrators alike are wrestling with -- and honestly...
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On Trying to Be a Person: some thoughts after reading Knausgaard
A few quick notes after reading the first two volumes of My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard.  Why it works: even though My Struggle is personal and autobiographical, it is not confessional. It's personal narrative without guilt or its close brother: aspirat...
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How things generally go
Mornings feel best to me. The vagueness of consciousness mirrors the early dawn and portends lucidity. There is a wariness to morning, the small fear that we all feel when at the beginning of something. The best mornings are the ones that stretch out not qu...
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On Vitality, Schooling, and Training
An acquaintance told me a week ago that there is a deep connection between training for a marathon and approaching education and encouraged me to draw this connection. The connections at first seem obvious. Perhaps school is like training. You put the work ...
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On the necessity of anxiety for education: the wild and unholy learning of adolescence
Anxiety is a condition of learning. It's a feature of adolescence, not a bug. Schools these days are worried about reducing anxiety, and with good reason. Young people are very anxious, and it's impeding their learning. We've been asking how to reduce that ...
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Politics and Schools: on educating in a toxic atmosphere
We talk about the political climate as if it were not the very air of community. As social beings, we have no choice whether or not to participate in politics. Politics is necessary in the sense that it names the fact that communities of people are forced t...
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A Runner's View of the Elliptical
I haven't really told the story of my running over the last couple of years, and that's because there's no running story to tell. The story is of an achilles tendon on my right heel that over the course of 6 years and 15,000 or so miles of running and racin...
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Shallow Optimism, Deep Hope: a quick formula for resilience in education
"I am not an optimist, but I am a prisoner of hope." --Cornel West Three quick points: 1. Apparently only 31% of students nationwide agree that "I can find many lots of ways around any problem." 2. We always ask: why aren't students more invested in their o...
"I am not an optimist, but I am a prisoner of hope." --Cornel West Three quick points: 1. Apparently only 31% of students nationwide agree that "I can find many lots of ways around any problem." 2. We always ask: why aren't s...
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On Teacher Autonomy
"It is ... advisable that the teacher should understand, and even be able to criticize, the general principles upon which the whole educational system is formed and administered. He is not like a private soldier in an army, expected merely to obey, or like ...
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Twin Cities Marathon and the Black Lives Matter Protest
Black Lives Matter in St. Paul has planned a protest to block the finish this weekend at the Twin Cities marathon. Here are my thoughts and hopes for how this goes. * * * We all know that running is an expression of great individual freedom, which is why we...
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On Education as a Human Act: a report from the trenches
The process of learning is call and response. It's back and forth. It is flow and rhythm. It's a method of measuring -- how much can I take in without being overwhelmed. You can't gulp the glass; you have to drink deeply but breathe while you are doing it. ...
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  • Williams College
    Philosophy./ Physics, 1998
  • Vanderbilt University
    PhD Philosophy, 2009
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  • University School of Nashville
    Academic Dean, present
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