September 4, 2014 - Author Cathy Buyrn sends us an update. "While educators beat the drum about the importance of parental involvement in their child's education, many really mean parental compliance." Read more
Get up in the morning and make yourself a cup of Sanka with Sweet 'n' Low. Line up all the lunchboxes on the formica counter top in your kitchen. Open up a bag of Wonder Bread and do this assembly line style. Read more
Adolescents, on the other hand, respond more like cats - aloof, unpredictable, hard to locate, not always coming when they are called, rubbing up against you or jumping into your lap on their terms. Read more
"Why does it matter that most of our tests
are written by specialists in statistics?
Well, when psychometricians write a test,
they spend a lot of time
ensuring standardization and reliability."
Liz Bowen, The Baltimore Sun, reports that a group of Arundel mothers deliver petition for national legislation. Caption showing high schoolers for the STEM magnet school catching a school bus at 6:15 A.M. Read more
Now, here were college grads looking for jobs,
and not recognizing
that showing curiosity and asking engaging questions
could show MORE about WHO they were
than reciting some resume paragraph
in a random interview.
-C.J. Westerberg Read more
Many parents in the United States assume that (math ability)
is just some kind of aptitude -
some kids have it, some kids don't . . .
The result is most of our kids (in the U.S.) don't do really
well in Math . . ." Read more
"It may help to have in our minds a picture of what we mean by understanding . . . "-John Holt, Why Children Fail, p. 177by C.J. WesterbergI recently had a loooong conversation with a parent about whether his child... Read more
"We dedicate this book to the parents of children
who are growing up in the digital age.
We hope our contribution will illuminate the strange and wondrous learning styles
of the next generation." John Seely Brown Read more
"First, students have to jump through
ever-more demanding, preassigned academic hoops.
Instead of developing a passion for one subject,
they're rewarded for becoming professional students,
getting great grades across all subjects,
regardless of their intrinsic interests."
- David Brooks, The Creative Monopoly Read more
"Long ago my son determined exactly how not to let the institution of school
get in the way of his learning,
had explicit plans for choosing courses carefully so that he had ample time
to attend local university lectures and participate in arts events."
Here is a great "manageable" (for those of us who are time-crunched) Summer School opportunity from Dr. Joanne Boaler.I've signed up - do check it out here.The Daily Riff previously featured Dr. Boaler in the post, Math Heaven and Hell.-... Read more
"We talk to children about rights and responsibilities
so they can better understand the consequences of their actions and
develop true self-discipline.
We use codes of conduct rather than rules;
reflection and restoration rather than punitive sanctions." Read more
"Other researchers at the University of Virginia center
have found executive function, fine-motor skills,
and general knowledge in kindergarten
are better predictors of 8th grade reading and math achievement
than early-literacy skills." Read more
. . . .most high schools' science "experiments" are really "demonstrations," because they are "rigged" for the right answer, thereby disqualifying them as true experiments where outcomes are unknown. Read more
Musings on college: Visiting with high schoolers, David Brooks and Stanford University's new video series on MOOCs: " . . ."It's the beginning of a wholesale reorganization of teaching and learning in higher education." Read more
Artless & Senseless? "Once it is recognized that productive thinking
in any area of cognition is perceptual thinking,
the central function of art in general education
will become evident."
-Rudolf Arnheim, Visual Thinking
For most of my career, I was an awful listener
in almost every possible way.
I was arrogant throughout my 30s for sure--maybe into my early 40s.
My conversations were all about some concept of intellectual winning and "I'm going to prove I'm smarter than you."
-Why I'm a listener, Amgen's CEO, Kevin Sharer Read more
FACEBOOK Zuckerberg father: "Rather than impose upon your kids or try and steer their lives in a certain direction, to recognize what their strengths are and support their strengths and support the development of the things they're passionate about." Read more
"What's particularly interesting about recent research is the revelation
that sitting for extended periods of time does significant damage
to human health that cannot be undone by exercising."
It's an amazing skill. Also, they feel more comfortable talking. They report they are participating in class discussions and backing up what they say with evidence and that they feel very comfortable in their first year of college.
It's amazing how often we hear from college profs and job recruiters how these skills - writing, communicating, researching and supporting an argument in-depth - are lacking, even from "A" students. A disconnect of assessment, one would think. Read more
"Creativity, he said, might be an even more valuable asset
that educators and parents should emphasize."
-WSJ quoting Larry Summers, former President of Harvard, President Obama and Clinton advisor Read more
Larry Ellison of Oracle recently closed on the purchase of a majority ownership of land in Lanai, Maui, Hawaii (for those who've been on vacation), which was the catalyst for re-publishing this classic post which may still resonate . . . Like it or him or not, he is another M.I.A. (Missing in Action- didn't graduate or attend college who is among the notable and/or accomplished) Read more
"Parents could turn the system on its head
if they weren't so caught up in outmoded mentalities about education forged in the stable economy of the 1950s
(but profoundly misguided in today's chaotic, entrepreneurial economy)." Read more
There is a Play Deficit in our country and it is harming our children. Our children are playing less than any previous generation, and research clearly shows this lack of play is producing profound physical, intellectual, social and emotional problems for today's kids. Read more
There is a "high" one get from this substance - which is also hidden in so-called "healthy" foods such bread, tomato sauce, yogurt - where one needs more of it over time to get the same feeling of satisfaction, even after a week. Read more
But the two families - one Chinese, one Mexican/Jewish - have made strikingly different decisions about how to pursue academic excellence. One relies on a parent-driven focus on tutoring, advanced classes and testing drills, while the other allows . . . Read more
What Parents Can Do to Promote Learning. We know that children who are exposed to more real-life outside- the-class-wall activities guided by parents and schools, usually having to do with level of income in their household, tend to do better in school and in life. Read more
The series is called "Desktop Diaries" - with three videos that are such an indulgent insight into their working minds, as expressed by their organization - pack rat version, the
streamlined version Read more
"They (educators) need to be able to model
their own learning process for their students.
Ask just about any student how much her teacher knows, and you'll get a quick answer. Ask a student how her teacher learns, and you'll likely get a confused look. This must change . . ."
"It is sad to me when I hear parents feeling bad that they aren't doing "x",
or feeling bad or embarrassed that they are doing "y"or doing too much of "x",
or reluctant to ask questions and convey their concerns." Read more
"Rather than riding the texture of a live conversation to figure out how to give and receive information, people are now used to simply pushing their thoughts out into the world, to be responded to at some undetermined future point." Read more
Youth Motivation & Mastery: Create the environment conducive to having kids discover what it takes to become good at something on their own, rather than having "us" - the authority figures - telling them how. Read more
" . . we had a PC education -
people tried to hide from us as long as possible that not everyone is equal
we were told we all have a fair chance of making it
that's just not so
and we're starting to realize that . . ."
Chris Wejr is school principal at Kent Elementary School in British Columbia. He has spent his career working with students as a high school physical education, math, and science teacher, an intermediate teacher, an elementary vice-principal, as well as a... Read more
The parents reading this article in the Wall Street Journal are more likely to be the ones
having their their children tutored, equally-scheduled, and possibly kinda cheating,
and/or privately schooled, and legacy-guaranteed to some
marquee-name university, so they can agree with Chua's so called superior- parenting techniques . . . ." C.J. Westerberg Read more