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Chinese Super Schools?

"No one, after 12 years of Chinese education, has any chance to receive a Nobel prize, even if he or she went to Harvard, Yale, Oxford or Cambridge for college . . ." Yong Zhao Read more
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Weekend Funnies: How to inspire kids to be "Not a scientist"

Man-Made Climate Change?The Colbert Report  - VideoThe "I'm not a scientist" riff starts at the 2:50 mark.  The entire video (under 5 minutes)  is well worth the watch: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video... Read more
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MIT Prof argues that Higher Ed Online Learning is Misguided

Bring in the Hollywood budgets and special effects Read more
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The problem with tests that are not standardized

Alfie Kohn delivers a blow to teacher-created tests (the wrong kind for the wrong reasons) Read more
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Hacking School Ratings & Test Scores

"Recognizing that their students learn best when actively engaged, Consortium Schools typically use inquiry-based methods of learning . . ." Read more
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NEW POST: Veteran Teacher "Shadows" High School

Admits to Teacher Snark Directed at Students Read more
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Ideal Elite College Students: "Excellent Sheep"

"Everybody - administrators, admissions officers, faculty and students - knows that the pressures of the resume race are out of control." Read more
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What should you learn after graduation?

. . . and what exactly are students learning in school now? Read more
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Big Thinking & the College Promise

" . . . these kids, like any others, are hungry for big ideas." Read more
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Is Learning a Sport?

Maybe . . . Why Kids Care More About Achievement than Helping Others Read more
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Parenting Cats and Dogs

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
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Ivory Tower: The Movie

A documentary about higher education that "questions its cost and value" . . . Read more
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College Debt and Banks: It's called "Skim"

aka. No-brainer money for bankers; debt for students for brain-credentials Read more
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How the Arts Prepare for a Life's Work in any Discipline

Including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Read more
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Shaping Serendipity for Learning: Conversations with John Seely Brown

"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. Read more
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Want smart & different kind of brilliant? Check out John Oliver

Video - Humor His Climate Change segment with Bill Nye and "the deniers" is just that. Read more
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How Chicago's BAM (Becoming a Man) program works

Teaching students to identify thought patterns that contribute to depression & anxiety so they can work to replace them with healthier patterns. . . Read more
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What you should really know about testing in education

"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." Read more
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The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System

New update December 2, 2013 which includes Yong Zhao link and comments PLUS CNN videos Read more
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Sleepy Teens in School: Does a later "start time" for the school day work better?

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
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How to Create Nonreaders

Why Johnnie and Jane don't like to read . . . and what to do about it
Alfie Kohn Delivers a Powerful Essay About MOTIVATION & Learning Read more
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Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

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 to interviewers in a random interview. -C.J. Westerberg Read more
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Wanted: Teacher, Coach or both?

"The coach is the boss of you, but they're not the boss." Read more
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Would You Hire Your Own Kids? 7 Skills Schools Should Be Teaching Them

Tony Wagner, Former HS teacher, Principal & Co-Director At Harvard School Of Education Posts. "The Ability To Ask The Right Questions Is The Single Most Important Skill." Read more
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The Satori Generation

Enlightened or Generation Resignation? Read more
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It's Personal: How a Parent Perspective Changes Everything

"For every problem that technology solves, it sort of creates a new one." Read more
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American Teacher: responding to students, environments and conditions

"There are very few schools that purposefully try to create lines and connections between different fields. The way most high schools are set up, you're in history class, and then the bell rings; then you go to science class, and then the bell rings." Read more
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See Dick & Jane Not Run

Kids Less Physically Fit Than Their Parents Read more
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MIT Invention: Touch Through Your Screen

Future inForm?"inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the... Read more
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Qualities of Leadership: Entrepreneurs vs. Turn-around CEOs

Guess who needs more of the right stuff? Video via Biz Insider Read more
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The Paradox of Wealth

"But what is overlooked in all the shouting is that paradoxically, the people who have the most to gain from insuring some measure of economic equality and social justice are the wealthy." by Joseph Ganem Ph.D. Read more
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Parents: Are we sabotaging our own kids' math "ability"?

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
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Video: What is the link between "design-thinking" and creativity?

Creative Confidence: Must-Watch Interview on Charlie Rose Read more
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NEW: Weekend Reading

Looking for Intimacy in the Age of Facebook is a higher education course (yes, you heard right). Interestingly, social media may inhibit creativity and innovation Read more
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Noam Chomsky: In the news again, this time about Twitter and High Schoolers

Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at MIT, "father of linguistics", political commentator.  From bio: "Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today":               ... Read more
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Does your school have a beehive?

"If we want children to be inventors, we have to give them opportunities to invent." - 5:00 mark, Mission Hill video Read more
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From iApe to iPad

Are our kids sitting too much? (Are we?) Exercise: Miracle-Gro for the Brain Read more
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7 Things I Learned in 7 Years

"The cult of productivity has its place, but worshipping at its altar daily robs us of the very capacity for joy and wonder that makes life worth living . . ." - Maria Popova Read more
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Seven Questions: Is your child a recipe-follower or a real learner?

"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
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ADHD: One in 5 high school boys diagnosed

Mental Steroids to the Rescue - - - - The Real Deal, "Pseudo-ADHD" and the Money Trail Read more
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Tom Friedman: Think Like an Immigrant

Five Ways to Succeed in Life and Work Read more
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The Case Against Algebra 2

"Algebra 2 Common Core (textbook) is, in other words, a typical, old-fashioned algebra textbook.  It's a highly efficient engine for the creation of math rage: a dead scrap heap of repellent terminology, a collection of spiky, decontextualized, multistep mathematical black-box... Read more
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Why Other Countries Do Better in Math

Should Parents "Race to the Tutor"? It's not what you think. Guest post. Read more
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10 Things I Learned at (Bard) College Which I Couldn't Possibly Have Picked Up Elsewhere

I've often switched careers - from the arts world to human rights to international relations. "From law to writing and development to events management, Bard has taught me that with the right mindset, flexibility is possible, and versatility allows you to remain calm under pressure . . ." Read more
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Campbell's law in education: test scores vs. accountability

"A society in which decisions are based solely on numbers instead of sound judgment is one in which no one is truly accountable." Guest post. Read more
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Homeless Man Developing App for Climate Change - Video

A Mentor-Mentee Story:  $100 or Learn How to CodeCheck out this story:  after being given a choice and after four weeks of learning how to code by someone who took the time, has developed an app that is almost ready... Read more
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Can Entrepreneurship be Taught?

"I always say this, "What do penicillin, electricity, Reese's peanut butter cups, and Velcro have in common?" They were all invented by mistake." -Tim Draper Read more
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The New Stupid: Parents

"I think you're Crazy . . . . . .You really think you're in control??" -Gnarls Barkley Read more
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Obama: Higher Education Shouldn't Be a Luxury

Proposes three initiatives including Pay-as-You-Earn Read more
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Nervy Minerva: Taking on Harvard

"I didn't have habits of mind that a liberal arts education was supposed to have given me." Read more
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The Parent-School Relationship: The Importance of Listening

"....I have been part of schools that have constantly told me what to do but never listened to what I had to say.' " Read more
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Famous Failures who didn't "make the grade"

What Michael Jordan and Thomas Edison had in common - One Minute Video Read more
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We've gotten to the point where there is so much private info out there that . . .

Personal Data, its Uses, Ethics & Profiling, and the Rights of People in the Network Read more
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3 Things Needed for Authentic Learning

Allowed to Be Curious, Messy and Reflective Read more
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Guest Post: The Difference between a Mentor and Role-Model

"a good mentor takes the time to understand" Read more
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NEW POST: The MFA (Master of Fine Arts) as the new MBA?

Sir Ken Robinson: STEM, STEAM and the Humanities Read more
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The Education Horse Story

15 Ways to Ride a Dead Horse Read more
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Creativity: My Way or the Highway

Doesn't work that way, folks Read more
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We're Gonna Make You POPular!

The Top Ten MOOCs Higher Ed "Stars" are Male- Not a Single Woman - Really?? Read more
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High School: Are the Kids Alright?

"Long ago my son determined exactly how not to let the institution of school get in the way of his learning, and had explicit plans for choosing courses carefully so that he had ample time to attend local university lectures and participate in arts events." Read more
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Why Parents & Educators Should Know about the Maker Movement

Essentially, if your kid can't build, do or make, maybe you should re-evaluate their education Read more
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How To Learn Math: FREE Summer On-line Course from Stanford U for teachers & parents

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
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10 Questions for "Guiding Knight" Sir Ken Robinson

"At the heart of my argument about what should happen in education . . " Read more
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What Makes Kids Creative? A Box or a Spaceship?

Just tell me what to do. I want to be right. Read more
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Lego Founder Opening School (and it's not your parents' school)

"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
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Want students to learn Math? Try Rock-Paper-Scissors (& not the game)

"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
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The Inner Net

Connected and Disconnected Read more
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Advice for Teens Going to College

Weekend Funnies: "Amid skyrocketing tuition costs and dismal job prospects, Aasif Mandvi imparts a healthy fear of higher education in a group of at risk young people." (04:57) Read more
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Ouch! Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation?

and/or The Next Greatest? The 80 million Americans born between 1980 and 2000 Video Read more
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Engaging Students through Problem-Solving, not looking for "one right answer"

A Good News Story: Middle-schoolers building an energy-saving device to improve lives. Read more
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Students Need Different Things: "We Are All Part Of The Puzzle"

Guest Post By California English High School Teacher & Author Jim Burke Read more
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Battle Of The Minds: Why Don't Kids Like School?

Sparks Fly In This Book Review By Guest Jonathan E. Martin about Daniel Willingham's Book & His Conclusions About Learning, Imagination & Knowledge Read more
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The Bad Habits You Learn in School

And it's not about smoking. John Coleman via Harvard Business Review Read more
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How to Develop Students into "Problem-Finders" and why it matters

Designing for Great Learning: Moving Beyond Project-Based Learning Read more
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Turning on the Light

Blog post from MIT student Kirsten L. - #BostonStrong #MITStrong Read more
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Cartoon via Boston Globe by Wasserman Remembering the dead and the injured.... Read more
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21st Century Skills: A "thorny problem" in the classroom

. . . .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
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Weekend Funnies: My Teenage Son is "Going Through a Phase" Video

Gabriel Iglesias' smart teenage son doesn't talk to him anymore. 2 Minute Video via Comedy Central Read more
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High Schoolers: "What You'll Wish You'd Known"

It's dangerous to design your life around getting into college Read more
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"The Little Discussed Dark Side" of Public Education

"We've completely distorted learning." Read more
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To be Daringly Vulnerable

Transforming Education, Parenting and Work, PLUS the Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto Read more
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The Pineapple Question Redux

The assessment has become the curriculum. Read more
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Time to Re-think School Award Ceremonies?

Should school leaders take another look at how award ceremonies affect learning and motivation? Read more
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Weekend Video Funnies

Watch 9-Year Old play tennis with "No Fear" vs. pros and Ben Stiller Read more
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Should Schools Teach Students How-to-Code + Lessons Beyond

More concerning is that if we can't portray what is taught in school as compelling, maybe it's not as relevant as we think. Read more
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Gifted Student or Test-taker Extraordinaire?

The iconic educator Howard Gardner sends a brilliant Letter . . . Read more
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How to Get to Mars (in 6 minutes)

In case you missed this one - very cool, it is!... Read more
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Wanted: A new superhero to feed America

"My superhero is the food angel. She leaves a basket . . . " - Feeding America PSA Read more
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Mother Nature's Child: New Documentary Trailer

Children today spend on average spend less than 40 minutes "outside" Read more
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Jon Stewart: Time to have some new voices in education on your show

Gardening, Tools and Too Much Fertilizer Can Burn Sir Ken Robinson Video Below: Teachers are like Gardeners Read more
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Rocketship Education charter school founder on a new flight

"Rocketship Education founder John Danner leaves charter school to start online-learning company" Read more
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"Revolution Hits the Universities": MOOCs

"Nothing has more potential . . . " -NYTimes Columnist and Author (The World is Flat) Thomas L. Friedman Read more
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Rethinking College

"I believe that we are in the midst of a major transformation in the human experience." - Dr. Joseph Ganem Read more
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Friday Funnies: Law of Drama

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Hamlet, Shakespeare Read more
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This is your child's brain on homework. Or, is it?

Homework: Too much, too little, or the wrong kind? Read more
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Maker Faire Africa 2012 in Pictures

Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls. Read more
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Math Heaven and Hell

"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 Read more
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Three Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Tweens & Teens (Yes, you heard right)

Interesting that two of these three recommendations have to do with a teacher . . . Read more
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7 Ways to Spark Engagement

Moving from on-task to learning: "Have you noticed that 'on-task' does not always mean engaged?" Read more
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What Students (Really) Need to Know

"A good rule of thumb for many things in life holds that things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could." - Lawrence Summers Read more
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The Most "Inarticulate Generation?"

2 Minute Video - Truth in Humor Read more
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Why I'm a listener

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
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Are our kids sitting too much? (Are we?)

"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." Read more
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Time to Change STEM to STEAM

Innovation: STEM enables it. But Art drives it. Read more
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8th Graders "Design" Their Way to Learn Math, Science & Writing

STEM to STEAM. Make it real. Make it matter. Let me see how it's done, and I will show you next. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + the ARTS (Design) = STEAM Read more
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A Fine Line

Do you have a first-rate intelligence? Read more
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The Day I Abolished Grading

"There was no love for learning. It was a game that I was perpetuating - and I was done perpetuating it." Joe Bower Read more
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Mayor Bloomberg on Guns: "What are you going to do?"

"It's not about gun control, but crime control" Read more
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Learning. Outside the box.

When you are taught inside a box, you lose parts of yourself. Must-Watch Quick Video. Read more
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"It's good to be curious about many things"

VIDEO - Steve Jobs and Mister Rogers have something in common Read more
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Note to Aaron Sorkin

Dig Deeper into Education Read more
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Education: That was the ticket to prosperity. . . Now, not so sure

VIDEO. Wonder if education will play a significant role in the upcoming election. Specifics, anyone? Read more
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Teenage Whisperer: Hear Me Roar

"So please stop shuffling the paper me around And stop, talk and listen and then I might just be found . . ." Read more
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Ten Lessons For My Daughters - From a Dad

"Take Trips, Girls. Take Chances. Take Off." - Bruce Feiler - The Council Of Dads Read more
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The Flipped Class: Students Talk

"There is no one-size fits all in education, but as teachers, we always can benefit from observing and listening to our students." Results from Student Satisfaction Survey on the flipped class shared in The Daily Riff Read more
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What's Missing in Education: The Entrepreneurial Edge?

Video Interview- Eric Ries, "The Lean Start-up," and Mark Suster: . . . numerous take-aways for educators, parents and students, covering topics such as the necessity of failure; Steve Jobs; what the next middle class will look like; getting out of our silos (one of my favorite topics); how software development is not just about creating another Facebook; and what's missing in education. Read more
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Teachers Share Their "Aha Moments"

"There was a time when I was a young teacher where I really thought my worth as a teacher was judged by how much I could cover and how much I could transmit to kids . . ." Read more
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E-Learning in Singapore: Where Teachers are Involved in Product Development - NEW Post

This gives teachers and schools an important voice in how textbooks, technology and other learning resources are developed. Read more
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Q&A with The Daily Riff: Lessons from Singapore

Even though all schools in Singapore are essentially public schools (even the relatively few private schools must adhere to ministry guidelines), Singapore schools have a lot of autonomy. Read more
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Technology in Education: Who's in charge? What's it supposed to do?

Lessons from Singapore: To develop self-directed learners, teachers are encouraged to give students opportunities to think about and choose what they want to learn, conduct research, and share what they have learned with their classmates. Read more
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How Design Impacted a Rural School System

A "Small Story" with Big Implications: "We need to be better citizens in our own backyard" Read more
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Rebuilding our Schools

Maggie Murphy, editor of Parade, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, talks about how . . . video. Read more
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Three Great Reads on High-Stakes Standardized Tests

Three Great Resources for Parents, Teachers & Administrators Read more
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The Flipped Class = flipped homework

flipping a class is also flipping homework. I know, "no kidding, Sherlock" you may be thinking, but the flipped class will have impact on disrupting the concept of homework. Read more
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Jon discovers Instagram and Google Glass

"People are living in the moment and want to share in the moment" Professore Sundar said."Two huge tech stories, Google Glass and Facebook's purchase of Instagram, that have wiped patent lawsuits news off the front page, for now at least. ... Read more
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The Minerva Project: Shaking up the Ivies?

A Start-Up "E-lite" University with Urban Classrooms backed by Silicon Valley and Larry Summers Read more
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A Favorite Quote for the 4th of July

in order to give their children a right . . . to study painting, poetry, music, architecture . . . John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 5th, 1780 Read more
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"Sugar and Kids: the Toxic Truth"

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
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Two Families. Two different paths to "academic excellence." And, the winner is . . .

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
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The best way to reach each student? Private school Math teacher flips learning

Stacey Roshan , private school teacher at Bullis School in Maryland, is asking and answering questions about the "backwards or flipped classroom" & how if affects the way students learn, in new guest post. Check out parent & student reactions, too. Read more
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The Chinese Curse. Is America Next?

"HIGH SCORES BUT LOW ABILITY"
Is America Leaving Behind What Asia Wants? : Controversial Book & Video Read more
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Are you "That" Parent?

How many good questions aren't asked about schools and education because of the apprehension of being "that" parent? Read more
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TED-Ed Launches

TED-Ed's mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos. Read more
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"Gaming the System: Redshirting in Kindergarten"

"I wonder if we'll look back on the way children were raised in our particular time and place and say, 'What were we thinking?'" -Malcolm Gladwell Read more
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What is the "right" kind of parent?

"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
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The Case for Distraction . . . or Ritalin?

"It is the attempted standardization of a human being and of a notion of achievement that is limiting, prescriptive and bullying." Read more
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Jon Stewart & Arne Duncan: Two Different Conversations

Last night on The Daily Show, Sec'y of Education Arne Duncan joins Jon Stewart. Video. Read more
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Are Teacher Education Programs Irrelevant?

"The most innovative teachers are drawing on experiences and skill sets they developed outside of education." Read more
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BIG SHOES: The "de facto national model of the digital school"

the genuine heartfelt desire of young people to be in the company of adults who are doing adult work, and the way our institutions and adult lives are structured more and more to keep us at a distance. - Diane Meier, "In Schools We Trust" Read more
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Have The Jetsons Arrived?

From "Connect A Million Minds" Initiative - 3 Minute Video. Read more
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"What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?"

"Let me summarize my feelings toward Asian values: . . .F--- grade-grubbing. F--- Ivy League mania. F--- deference to authority. . . . F--- earnest, striving middle-class servility." Read more
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The Dark Side of Our Achievement Culture

New "Race To Nowhere" Trailer Video Read more
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Understanding Dyslexia: Watch Documentary Video Trailer

"By conservative estimates, one in five people are dyslexic.' James Redford, director, of "D for Dyslexia" premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month. Read more
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Technology: Enabling a "Golden Age" for Introverts?

"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
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How U.S. Education is Failing our Kids: Eric Ries

. . . how our educational system teaches students that incremental effort always brings incremental benefits. Not so . . ." Read more
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What does it mean to be a tech-savvy and connected principal?

I wasn't there. In fact, I was almost literally half-way around the world. It happened in Philadelphia and I'm in China. Read more
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Cheating: Ace test-taker takes SAT for other students for $$

"I totally give him this like, a new lease on life. He's gonna go to a totally new college, he's gonna be bound for a totally new career and a totally new path in life." -Sam Eshaghoff on 60 Minutes Read more
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Crossing the Math Chasm

Asking the Right Questions: So at one end we've got falling interest in education in math, and at the other end we've got a more mathematical world . . . teachers are also frustrated. Read more
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Holiday Reading: Thinking fast and slow

Because it is much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to identify and label the mistakes of others than to recognize our own. Read more
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Are Your Students "Learning How to Learn"?

A Canadian teacher shares what she learned about teaching with technology, and discovers more what our students need to learn. Short Video. Read more
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Bravo, Gustavo Dudamel!

The 29 year-old Conductor Who Is Redefining Music Education Read more
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Are Girls Really Alright?

"The Morale of this Story? Embarrass Your Daughters"- Rachel Simmons Read more
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Richard Dreyfuss: "We have mis-educated our children so badly"

New Update links: Announces new Civics Initiative PLUS his iTunes EULA Read more
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The 10,000 Hour Rule At Play: Federer Video

What Does It Take To Get Really Good At Something? (Humor) Read more
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"Why Can't Playgrounds Look More Like This?"

"Because a playground doesn't have to cost a million bucks and come in a box. In fact, it's better if it doesn't." Read more
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The Flipped Class: Shedding light on the confusion, critique, and hype

The Flip is in flux . . . as is an educator's evaluation of any instructional practice. Plus "Is Khan Academy an example of the flipped class?" Read more
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Charlie Rose: The Creative Brain

"Inspiration is for amateurs. Painter Chuck Close: "The rest of us just show up and get to work. Because everything grows out of work. You do something and it kicks open a door . . . " Read more
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A More Complex Steve Jobs Revealed

Reporter Steve Kroft of CBS' "60 Minutes" reporter Steve Kroft interviews biographer Walter Isaacson in 2 prime time videos PLUS Jobs' relationship and views on Bill Gates, Larry Page of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. Read more
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"I'm her mom, not the nanny!"

" 'I don't think we know anybody Hispanic who isn't a baby sitter,' he said." Read more
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Entrepreneurs: Pirates in the Arena

In honor of Steve Jobs - the quintessential role model for entrepreneurs everywhere. Read more
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A.D.H.D.: An American "Dream" or Reality?

What are the currents in our time that might be causing an upwelling of psychopathology? Read more
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The Great Disruption

"Two master narratives - one threat-based, one opportunity-based, but both involving seismic changes." Read more
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Occupy Wall Street explained in a NY minute on Bill Maher's "Real Time"

Bongo drums, disorganization, and incoherence? Maybe not so fast . . . Read more
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Modern Manhood: Bill Bennett on Morning Joe

William Bennett promoting his new book, "The Book of Man," below, which prompted an interesting discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe today. Read more
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Taking a homework break and "feeding my brain"

13-year old daughter is doing homework on-line. Mom walks in. Sees her watching a video when "supposed" to be doing homework . . . Read more
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The Unintended Consequences of Grading "Effort"

"Even when I try really hard, I'm still dumb." Grading effort is a precarious endeavor that teachers need to think long and hard about before . . . Read more
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Teaching For Students. Sounds Obvious. Not.

"Seeing" Learning From The Student Perspective: Guest Post By Bill Jackson, Scarsdale Math Teacher, From Day 6 Travel Journal To Japan Read more
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Education at the Crossroads

By Seth Godin. Should this be about school or about learning? For a while, smart people thought that school was organized to encourage learning. Read more
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Phillips Academy Andover Students Rap About Learning

It's all there - auto-tunes and rap juxtaposed with professors and football fields. Read more
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Random good reads: "Face it. Don't Facebook it."

"I felt they wasted a lot of time at Lulu's school" - Amy Chua, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" Read more
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"Why It's Smart to be Bi-Lingual" - the brain's new super-food?

Watch actor Bradley Cooper, of The Hangover impress in this interview done in French. Read more
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Above and Beyond

Video "tells the story" of how the 4Cs in school -- communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity - can spark learning Read more
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A New Type-face to Help Dyslexics Read Better?

Christian Boer's "Dyslexie" doesn't exactly make the letterforms look conventionally beautiful, but since when is that a prerequisite for well-designed? If it works, it works. Read more
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Facebook and education? Social media? Ask kids what they think.

The Southpark Episode A group of teens set me straight this week-end when I asked them about Facebook. Read more
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Digital Natives: Another Myth?

Are adults relinquishing responsibility for technology to kids? Tom Whitby weighs in. Read more
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And the beat goes on . . . from Atlanta test score cheating to Wall Street to oil spills

" . . . the cheating occurred at 44 schools and involved at least 178 teachers and principals, almost half of whom have confessed, the governor said." Read more
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Harry Potter: It's been a great ride

"My childhood is over . . ." Read more
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What Should Kids Know?

What about reading and writing, civics, life skills, mastery skills, pleasure of knowledge? What kind of Math should high schoolers learn? Read more
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Got Jobs? Yup. Got Tech?

A Help Wanted Listing via Fred Wilson post Read more
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The Social Network Grows Up with Google Plus

What goes round must . . . What circle of "Friends" are you in? Sound familiar? Read more
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Are You Ready to Flip?

Part 2 of 3 of "The Flipped Class" Series - Guest Posts Read more
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Burma Through Skateboarding

Video - was hooked after the first minute. Global, Culture, Education. Read more
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Great Movie Moments - The Declaration Of Independence

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace; that two, are a called a law firm; and that three or more, Become a Congress!" -- John Adams Read more
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Commencement Speeches 2011: Amy Poehler at Harvard and Tom Hanks at Yale

Very different speeches, laden with humor, but both circle round to our shared humanity, lest we forget. Read more
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Lady Gaga bullied in high school: "it sticks with you for life"

Lady Gaga visits Barbara Walters and the gang on ABC's "The View." Video. Read more
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Robotics in High School: the "Football Culture" Alternative?

CNN Documentary follows 3 Students through a National Robotics Competition Read more
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HBO's "Journey into Dyslexia"

"Are these people more visionary, can they see things differently?" Read more
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How about a Family Awards Ceremony?

The key here is that by encouraging our children to strive for these awards, and defeat the other, they will achieve more and be pushed toward a more successful career in the real world. Read more
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The Unintended Parent-Child Disconnect

"The real value of college isn't in teaching what is known; it is in preparing students for the unknown." Read more
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25 Techy Tips for Non-Techies

Great Finds for Teaching, Learning & Creating Read more
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Teachers "Doing The Flip" To Help Students Become Learners

"The way we were taught is not necessarily the way we should be teaching students." - Stacey Roshan, High School Algebra Teacher, Bullis School, Montgomery County, Md. Read more
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Shocking Study: One in 38 Kids Found w/ Autism Spectrum Disorder

"Two-thirds of the children with autism that we ended up identifying were in mainstream schools, unrecognized, untreated . . ." Need socialization and peer engagement skill building. Read more
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What if . . . College Had No Clothes?

How would high school be different? Read more
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Commie Core Standards?

State Governors have convened again to bring in a system of Common Core Standards across the country so that all children will be taught exactly the same thing in English and Math from kindergarten through high school... Dr. D. Rigour Is Baack! (Humor) Read more
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Teachers: Impossible Expectations

Guest post: "Teachers cannot be essential and irrelevant at the same time." Read more
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If you have to spy on students, your new digital school program isn't working

The principal illustrated how she could monitor every student's screen during class. In fact, she "caught" one student playing a video game, and sent a note directly to him digitally. Read more
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Colbert takes on Renaissance man, James Franco

"Is his brain like a shark, and will die if he stops learning?" Read more
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College: another institution to be wary of?

"Since when have colleges become so controversial? They used to embody humankind at its most elevated; now, they're just another institution to be wary of." Read more
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The Story of One School : Disaster in Japan

60 Minutes' reporter Scott Pelley reports that the crisis is so vast, unimaginable, and difficult to convey that he he chose one story to capture the devastation and impact on so many lives. He brings us to one elementary school. Read more
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Some Big Questions for Educators & Parents

"Are we intentionally, purposefully, and explicitly modeling these new technology literacies for our students?" Read more
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The Shift is About to Hit the Fan?

"I Am" documentary by Tom Shadyak, director of Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Read more
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Don't Take Away My Extra-curricular Activities or Charge Me Extra

Over the past few decades, we have tended to define human capital in the narrow way, emphasizing I.Q., degrees, and professional skills. - NY Times David Brooks Read more
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Apple: "When technology gets out of the way"

Such smart branding from Apple with this new commercial. Read more
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Stephen Colbert To Mr. Math: "Lies, Damned Lies"

Find out which numbers are lonely, lucky, liberal or conservative! Read more
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Ten Points to Consider When Transforming Towards a Digital Curriculum

"A digital curriculum allows the creation of a society of creators, innovators, and learners." Read more
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Waiting for SuperMath

The Unintended Consequences of Investigations "New" Math - Video Read more
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" . . . when you teach kids, you have a moral obligation to work to see the best in them . . ."

Leader Chris Lehmann Slams Teacher Blog Denigrating Students in "Bloggate" Read more
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10 ways to build resilience . . .

Does your child's school and class culture sound like this? Read more
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School Pie Charts LOL

Final Exams, What Teachers Hate Most, What I Like About Being a Father, What to do About Homework, What I Got From My College Degree, and more . . . . funny charts Read more
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Starbucks Announces Education Collaboration on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

"It's about all of us." -Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks Read more
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Stephen Colbert Interviews Tiger Mom

Well, we asked when the story broke, and Stephen did get around to interview Amy Chua - aka the Superior Chinese Mom" - last night on The Colbert Report. Read more
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Is a new "Thank You" culture coming?

Gary Vaynerchuk on "Morning Joe" with a message that social media will drive a more humanized and "small town" world. Read more
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Why does this viral video about child-driven education make so many uncomfortable?

A Child Driven Education: Two Videos that may change the way you think about the ability for a child to learn and the role of technology in education. Two viral videos: Sugata Mitra Read more
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The Most Important Higher Education Study in Years - "Trust Us" won't cut it anymore

"Trust Us" Won't Cut It Anymore: American higher education,' the researchers found, 'is characterized by limited or no learning for a large proportion of students.' Read more
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David Brooks Says "Superior" Chinese Mom is "Coddling" her Children

"Practicing a piece of music for four hours requires focused attention, but it is nowhere near as cognitively demanding as a sleepover with 14-year-old girls." Read more
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Are Chinese Moms Better than American Moms?

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
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Randi Weingarten on Morning Joe Today

Originally posted February 24, 2011... Read more
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Bill Gates Riffs about Math Education

Video: The Future of On-Line Lectures plus what Bill is reading and watching these days - Read more
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How NJ Gov. Chris Christie "Did His Homework"

Plus Two Videos: MSNBC 's "Morning Joe" and viral heckler Read more
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A School Leader Chooses Student Potential Over Test Scores

"Ensuring that every young person learns means constant reassessment of the curriculum, multiple measures of student achievement, and support systems throughout the school." Read more
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Dealing with Parents of a Cyber-bully

Parents who present the other parents with a printout of their child's most repugnant moments should be prepared for minimization, even denial. Why schools must be involved. Read more
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Michelle Rhee to Stephen Colbert: Students Ask for Great Teachers

" . . .the problem is you have no organized special interest group that represents children." Read more
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Jeb Bush on "Morning Joe": Digital Learning Takes Center Stage

"We hope we can get to a point, Governor Wise and myself, where digital learning becomes . . . as nonpolitical issue . . . becomes kind of the core way that we educate children." Read more
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The Battle for the Mind of the High School Student

UPDATE: Technology & the Teenage Brain Mash-up Read more
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Cool, Cheap & Clever: 7 Designs for School

Check out the "Lily Pad", a very cool mat for developing countries (why not living rooms?) and the SoapShish - too cool for words so why not Math? Read more
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Stephen Colbert on the Mark Twain 'Huck Finn' Censorship

"As long as the 'N' word doesn't appear in the Cliff Notes, you're okay . . ." Read more
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"the Jersey Shore-ization of American Society"

"School Shock": TIME's Joe Klein riffs about parental involvement and our "crap culture" Read more
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So you want to get a Ph.D. in Humanities?

Humor: Video Series Plus "So You Want to Go to Law School" Read more
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Bullying & the Brain: Tips for Parents

As parents, "our emotional brain wants to fix" the situation and often times we are counter-productive by not being calm in this very chaotic situation. The three steps to remember Read more
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Pushing back on mediocre professors

Seth Godin: "The vast majority of email I get from college students is filled with disgust, disdain and frustration at how backwards the system is." Read more
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"Pretty" Blown Away

Not just for parents of girls: Poetry Slam video Read more
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Washington Post: Top High School Prevents Curiosity in Learning

"Is that the best way to encourage learning? Are we so stuck on managing classroom competition that we can't let students explore libraries, or the Internet, and make connections between the textbook and the real world?" --Jay Mathews, The Washington Post Read more
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Can The iPhone Be The Magic "Cure" For Dyslexia & Reading?

Orig. published The Daily Riff April 2010Can The iPhone Be The Magic "Cure" For Dyslexia & Reading?Howard Hill writes from the guardian.co.uk  sharing an incredible discovery at the age of 57:"I was hopeless at school, messy and terrible at spelling.... Read more
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Education of a President

"Change is hard," Obama says. "If people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place."- "Obama in Command: The Rolling Stone Interview" by Jann Wenner"'Given how much stuff was... Read more
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A Very Modern President: Music Spoof

Hilarious. . . H/t PBS tweet.  Video below:... Read more
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The Education Crisis: "The Daily Show" Version

Wish-We-Thought-of-ThatThe Daily Show Version of "Education Nation" and "Waiting for Superman"Video Below (Humor)An education news round-up that only Lewis Black on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show can do . . . Black takes no prisoners with NBC's special "Education Nation"... Read more
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Doodling in Math Class: Snakes & Graphs

Math as Art: "math relies too much on memorization and not enough on immersion" Read more
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Using Ed-Tech To Individualize Education: Three Videos

From Education Week's Technology in Education Conference: Leadership Forum Read more
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Colbert to Parents: Keep Fear Alive

"The More You No" Video: Banning Books & the March on Washington DC in October Read more
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Today's Interview w/President Obama & Matt Lauer: Longer School Year?

 President Barack Obama was interviewed this morning by Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" program as a part of NBC's "Education Nation" special programming event.  Full 30 minute interview is featured below.Beginning with several sobering statistics, the President and Lauer discussed... Read more
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Arne Duncan, Michele Rhee, Randi Weingarten, Robert Bobb Kick-Off NBC's "Education Nation"

If you missed yesterday's "Meet The Press", do check out the clips below from this kick-off program for NBC's intensive three day "Education Nation"with panelists Sec'y of Education Arne Duncan, AFT head Randi Weingarten, DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee and... Read more
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Waiting for Superman: A "Signal Moment" In Education?

"It's a moment ripe with ferment and possibility, but also rife with conflict, in which the kind of change that fills many hearts with hope fills others with mortal dread- and which gives a movie like 'Superman' a rare chance to move the needle." Read more
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New First Impression: Your Child's Digital Tattoo

A "New Cache Society"?On-Line Messages Live Permanently On the WebFuture College & Job Seekers:  Listen UpVideo Below With so much press dedicated to cyberbullying and the ill effects of too much time spent on-line, let us not forget how important... Read more
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ADHD? Or, Too Young for School?

Rampant Misdiagnosis of ADHD - Grow Up! Read more
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The Professional Lives of Teachers in Singapore

An American Math Teacher Travel Journal Read more
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"What Makes A School Great": Time Magazine Special Report

Teachers, Charter Schools, Business, Testing, Unions In The Hot Seat on "Morning Joe"Richard Stengel, Time magazine's editor-in-chief, announced next week's cover story, "What Makes A School Great" which, if judged by the teacher-obsessed conversation on today's MSNBC's "Morning Joe", should... Read more
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The Illustrated Guide To A Ph.D.

Very cool representation of the process and end result of obtaining a Ph.D. - all in 10 quick slides.  Very clever conclusion - check it out with link below:"Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge . .... Read more
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Stephen Colbert University

Kaplan University and University of Phoenix: Not Having a Great Day Read more
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Teachers Can't Do It Alone

A powerful and well-done video presentation about the teaching profession - the churn, the upcoming demand, and most glaringly, the lack of collaboration . . . Read more
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Our Razzle Dazzle Culture

"A society that is concerned about the strength and wisdom of its culture pays careful attention to its adolescents." --Ted Sizer Read more
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Are We Wrong About Motivation? Daniel Pink thinks so.

"Watch" Book: DRIVE. See how the way we do business & the way we learn may be on the wrong track and how to get it right. Read more
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Oh, Joy. Now We Have Gambling For Grades.

Not exactly the kind of "tech advances in education" one wants to brag about. Read more
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"Net Neutrality Is The First Amendment Issue Of Our Time"

Senator Al Franken Takes On Google-Verizon And The Big Boys Read more
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Bill Gates On "The Learning Ethic" & Charter Schools

"Thank God for charters . . .there's no room for innovation in the
standard (public school education) system." Read more
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Ouch! "Deceptive Practices" Found At Kaplan, Inc., A Washington Post Company

Reports The New York Times from GAO investigators ". . . an admissions officer told investigators posing as applicants that the college had the same accreditation as Harvard. . . " Read more
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College Grads: Diploma First. Passport Next.

"I don't care where you went to business school. I don't care whether your grades were good or bad. You have to leave the country." Read more
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A Leader Reveals Key Job Candidate Questions

" . . .In abundance, it's very easy to lose focus. But in adversity, one must have extreme focus. . . " Read more
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A Must-See "Morning Joe" Debate:

All Roads Lead To Education: Afghanistan, National Security And, Yes, Even Obesity Read more
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"Always Learning": The Next Work-Out For Boomers & Gen-X?

" . . .This is the largest study ever to confirm that hitting the books could help you fight the symptoms of dementia in later life. . ." Read more
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Teaching A Pig To Dance

Former Republican Presidential Candidate and Actor Fred Thompson and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Know Better Read more
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A New Conversation With Sir Ken Robinson

"The Problem Is In Order To Get Through This Culture Of Standardized Testing, We Are Standardizing Our Children To Make Them 'Fit The Test'." Read more
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Eyes Wide Open: Parental Advice About Teens

How To Distinguish Between Typical Teen Behavior & Serious Problems Read more
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Google CEO Heads Obama's Innovation Team

"The Entrepreneurial Eco-System Is Broken . . ." : Judy Estrin, CEO, JLabs Read more
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Death By PowerPoint

"The simpler I keep things, the better I play." -- Nancy Lopez, champion golfer. Since we are teaching, learning, and presenting in classrooms using PowerPoint, we think the presentation . . . Read more
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"Secretly Bilking College Students 101"

Elite Universities Selling Student Names & Addresses To Banks & Credit Card Companies Read more
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Star Trek Has Arrived: Telepresence Coming To Schools?

Cool Technology: The Next Wave In Videoconferencing - "Beam Me Up, Scotty". Read more
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Now Big Gov/Biz Wants To Test Kids On Collaboration Skills?

"Show us the tests and results on 8th grader problem-solving skills. Quid pro quo, baby - let's check your standards and performance to see how you measure up . . ." Read more
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Bright Spots For Jobs: College Grads

"Companies in second-tier tech locations such as Austin, Texas, and Raleigh, N.C., had an easier time recruiting talented employees during the slump. But now that Silicon Valley firms have started aggressively hiring, and the general economy is improving, competition is stiffening. . . " Read more
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Graduation Mash-Up: Reality-Check Time

Three To Read: Sharp Observations On Our Graduating Class Read more
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SEED: Public Boarding School!

Byron Pitts Reports - If Rich Kids Can Attend Boarding Schools, Why Not The Poor?
Watch Plus Pitts' Own Story: Videos Read more
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Newt Gingrich Interview With Politico's Allen

"Solving Our Education Crisis": Wants Open-ended Charter Schools & Pay To Learn Plan Read more
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"Ritalin Or Recess?" Are Schools Promoting The Use Of Drugs?

"Study high, take the test high, get high scores" - NYU Student Read more
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"The Facebook Privacy War: What Is Personal Data?"

Regarding technology and social network sites in particular, when you have privacy policies that are changed mid-stream and where the customer has to actively monitor (!) the site's privacy settings . . . Read more
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A 2.5 Year Old Has First Encounter With An iPad

Video: Approaching the 1 Million Mark In Hits - Oh, The Places These Kids Will Go! Read more
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War On Cancer & Chemicals Affecting Our Kids

"Some 41 percent of Americans Will Be Diagnosed With Cancer": Six Things We Can Do Read more
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Education Business: Major Revelations About For-Profit Schools In PBS Special "College Inc."

College Inc., a powerful special documentary aired last night on PBS's Frontline, covers the hot topics in higher education and is just too compelling to miss:  for-profit schools like Phoenix University and DeVry, how on-line is impacting higher ed, the... Read more
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The Grown-Up Brain: Better Than The Younger Version?

Woo-Hoo. Barbara Stauch Shares Some Very Good News From Her New Book Read more
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"Rewarding Teacher Performance? Resist The Temptation To Race To Nowhere"

"Rewarding Teacher Performance?
Resist The Temptation To Race To Nowhere" Read more
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"Is The New Facebook A Deal With The Devil?"

Updates Today From Wired Magazine, NY Times, Mashable & Even Al Franken Read more
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Florida - SB6 : Our High-Stakes Standardized Testing Culture

UPDATE!! Florida SB-6 Bill Vetoed By Gov. Crist!!!
More: Our High-Stake Standardized Testing Culture: Parents & Schools Beware Read more
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COLLEGE MIA'S #4

See The Updated List -Not Everyone Is College Material. Those Who Dropped Out Or Never Entered . . . Read more
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MIA #5

See The Updated List - Not Everyone Is College Material- Those Who Dropped Out Or Never Entered . . . Read more
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Congress Passes New Student Loan Bill: Education Dept. "Flying Solo" Eliminating Banks

Fierce Bank Lobbying Defeated! "Can DOE Handle It Solo?", asks NPR. Goal To Make It Easier For More Kids To Get Loans. Read more
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COLLEGE MIA'S #3

Not Everyone Is College Material. See The List Grow: Those Who Dropped Out Or Never Entered . . . Read more
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Create 1.5 Million Jobs By Fixing Our Crumbling Schools?

Sounds like a plan.  Link here for more info. How any school in this country has sub-par facilities is beyond comprehension.What do you think?... Read more
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"Make A Future" Video

The UK Future View Of Education's Role In This Clever Video (3min) Read more
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Michelle Obama: "We're In Charge" - Obesity Not Kids' Fault - Global Issue

Newsweek breaks this week with terrific multi-article coverage of First Lady Michelle Obama's take-no-prisoners campaign to help bring our child obesity epidemic and our super-size-it mentality to a tipping point.  Link to articles here.   An excerpt of her much-needed "tough... Read more
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BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER

The New York Times Magazine Cover Story Plus Extensive Reader Comments To "Can Teachers Be Taught To Teach Better?" Our Recommended Read. Read more
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Obama Speech Rattles Teacher Union Head

"Showed Real Courage": Uses Firing Of Entire Faculty At Rhode Island's Central Falls High School As Example Of Strategy For A School That "Continues To Fail" Read more
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Smarter? Liberals or Conservatives? Hmmm...

ARE LIBERALS SMARTER THAN CONSERVATIVES? Read more
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Invention Investor & Climate Freakonomist

Nathan Myhrvold: Scientist, Inventor, Billionaire, Investor. Video. Read more
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School Spying Students At-Home Via Computer?

A family is suing school who allegedly spied on their son at home without cause by using a school-provided laptop webcam as a "peeping Tom technology". FBI is on case. Read more
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Google Buzz Gets Whacked: Why Care?

We Should Know On-Line Privacy Issues To Be Able To Educate Our Kids About Them Read more
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16 Olympic Sports Linked To Science

Video Collaboration by National Science Foundation & NBC Read more
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"The Future Is Now" In Education Advertising

Kaplan University & The New Zealand Lottery Hit A Personal Note. 1 Min. Video Read more
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"The Flat World and Education": A Wake-Up Call For Teachers & Parents

Video Comparing The U.S. Vs. Other Countries: What They Do Right & What We Can Learn From Them. Is This The Book Of The Year By Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond? Read more
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Bill Gates: "'Waiting For Superman' Is An Incredible Film"

Watch Two Min. Interview/Trailer: "Film Reminds Us We Need To Change The System" Read more
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The Lottery: Watch 2 Min. Movie Trailer

With The Third Major Movie We've Announced This Week (!) In Education, Are We Seeing A Revolution Afoot? This Must-See Flick Hits "The System" Hard. Coming in Spring. Read more
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Tom Friedman: "Getting American Kids Excited About Innovation & Entrepreneurship Again"

Tom Friedman: "We Need To Get Millions Of American Kids, Not Just The Geniuses, Excited About Innovation And Entrepreneurship Again. We Need To Make 2010 The Year Of 'Start-Up America'." Read more
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PANIC IN DETROIT

David Bowie and Other Observations - How Education in Detroit May Be a Warning To Other Vulnerable Districts Across the Country Read more
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Is Bill Gates the New U.S. Education Secretary?

How a powerful philanthropist may be controlling our kids' future education behind the scenes. Should we be concerned or grateful? With a burgeoning global Microsoft Education division, questions of conflict of interest loom. Part 1. Read more
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ARE THESE THREE THE FACE OF EDUCATION? REALLY?

NEWT, AL AND "THE DUNK" ARE A CURIOUS TRIO STUMPING FOR EDU-REFORM. CHECK OUT THEIR "MEET THE PRESS" VISIT. Read more
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Textbook Publisher Pays for Bogus Amazon Reviews

Elsevier paying people to give their textbooks five stars at Amazon Read more
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