things take longer to happen than you think they will,
and then happen faster than you thought they could."
- Lawrence Summers
by C.J. Westerberg
Do check out The New York Times' Education Life today, which has some provocative reads.
breed cosmopolitanism -
that students have international experiences, and classes in the social sciences draw on examples from around the world.
On another note, for those of us who are in an "always learning" mode, Patricia Cohen serves us, "A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond." Whether we have to go to college to do this is the question and critique of the following "finding", but it just makes sense that we continue to learn new things:
As it turns out, one essential element of mental fitness has already been identified. "Education seems to be an elixir that can bring us a healthy body and mind throughout adulthood and even a longer life," says Margie E. Lachman, a psychologist at Brandeis University who specializes in aging. For those in midlife and beyond, a college degree appears to slow the brain's aging process by up to a decade, adding a new twist to the cost-benefit analysis of higher education - for young students as well as those thinking about returning to school.
Let us know what you think -
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The Flipped Class Manifest
Crossing the Math Chasm
Always Learning: The Next Work-out for Gen-X and Boomers?
The Grown-up Brain: Better than the younger version?