Iain Mavro Coggins


My experiences as a public school student drove me into teaching with a mind for reform. Yet my experiences as a teacher drove me to a complete rethinking of what it means to be educated. Foremost in my mind is the question of purpose—what John Dewey terms “the aims of education”—and how to revive a truly learner-centered approach to schooling. I have been influenced by many thinkers, especially Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, an early 20th century Japanese education reformer. His theory of soka, or “value-creation” profoundly influences my work.

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Lost Apple
By Iain Mavro Coggins
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 121,940. Language: American English. Published: June 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
Laid off by their school districts, Frank, Paul, Arianna and Jan are enticed by billionaire Tim Schimmel's generous financial offer. The only catch: surviving his summer program (and each other) in the stifling, bug-ridden hills of the Arkansas Ozarks. But physical discomfort is a minor nuisance when confronted with the bizarre machinations of their wealthy host.

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