There has been an outpouring of tributes to Joe Bower, the cheerful, conscientious progressive educator in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, who recently died of a massive heart attack at the age of 37.


Through his blog and on his Twitter feed, Joe inspired many people who never met him. Many people have expressed their gratitude to him in comments on this blog, and tributes continue to arrive on other blogs.


His last post showed the difference between assessment and measurement. He shared a chapter from a book he co-edited with Paul Thomas on de-testing and de-grading schools. We can all learn much by browsing through Joe’s posts on his blog “For the Love of Learning.”


Joe was only 37, but he was greatly admired and loved.