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Our kids are telling us something. There is a revolution rocking their world in education.  Do we all know what's really going on? Are we prepared to guide them toward the right choices?

For the first time in decades the education game has changed with hyper-speed momentum with technology, globalization and the ever-growing achievement gap  as huge factors.

Yet we should also be looking at the other signs.  Have you noticed a growing sense that our kids are increasingly overworked, disengaged, or intellectually bored?  Or worse yet, are all three at once? 

That's why we all need to be smarter about education.There are answers but we also have to know what questions to ask. 

As provocateur, muse, catalyst and game changer, The Daily Riff will "sniff and sift" through our edu-culture, "curating" news and opinion in quick, digest-sized take-aways for you to use and share.  We're doing the grunt work for you - eliminating the long, dry and irrelevant to present the "best stuff" every day.

A daily dose of education knowledge is power. The Daily Riff asked why does education feel so inaccessible?  For something so personal and powerful, it makes no sense.  It's time to tear down the edu-crat ivory tower walls.

Too many people steeped in the educational "system" are steering the conversation away from those interests that matter most: our students who are the future.  Kids and parents feel something is just not right.  So do the best educators.

We are here to let you know what we find... and to sort it out with you ...every day.  

It should be a wild ride - jump in and join us -

C.J. Westerberg, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

CJ is a parent, education writer, researcher, former school board member, and active entrepreneur.- in doing and thinking, wherever she is. Former founding publisher of a major magazine, CEO of a high profile communications, branding and marketing firm in NYC, SC and HI, after holding various executive positions in NYC media - with companies such as Meredith and Conde' Nast, she believes these experiences have brought her to a very different perspective as to learning and what you do with it :) when she launched The Daily Riff.

She continues with her mission of "being smarter about learning and education", while also being a Group Publisher based in Hawaii as her day job, curious as ever, finding out what and why people choose a path, and also finding out why they want to change it mid-stream.

CJ is an avid life-long learner and most of all, an "unlearner". 

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The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
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Schools and Parents: A Kabuki Dance?

CJ Westerberg, 10.11.2017

We asked then, why do some schools still play a kabuki dance when it comes to parental/family engagement?

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Riffing good stories


Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

CJ Westerberg, 10.11.2017

"Conventional wisdom holds that different people learn in different ways. Something is missing from that idea, however, so we offer a corollary: Different people, when presented with exactly the same information in exactly the same way, will learn different things." - John Seely Brown

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Higher Education when it ROARS! 3 minute VIDEO

CJ Westerberg, 10.11.2017

The delightful case for Project Based Learning

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Math Heaven and Hell

CJ Westerberg, 10.10.2017

"My different studies have shown that students who engage actively in their mathematics learning, rather than simply practicing procedures, achieve at higher levels." - Stanford professor Dr. Jo Boaler

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Is Math Art? Dream or Nightmare? TOP 10 BEST BOOK

CJ Westerberg, 10.09.2017

"A Mathematician's Lament"
Every parent & educator should check out this book excerpt

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James Paul Gee: How Kids Learn Through Video Games

CJ Westerberg, 10.07.2017

So the next time you fret that your child is on a mindless video game (of course, depending which one), take a chill pill. It may not be as bad as you think. Recommended videos.

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What do you remember from high school? (Humor)

CJ Westerberg, 10.06.2017

Week-end Funnies - VIDEO Viral video parody (nudity alert!) Some Study That I Used to Know is already at 1.5 million views. It's another play on Goyte's hugely viral video

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Learning Math: The Symbol Barrier

CJ Westerberg, 10.06.2017

Street Math, School Math, and Video Games

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Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

CJ Westerberg, 10.05.2017

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