"His job appears to be to convince a generation of people
who want to do good and do well
to learn, instead, remorselessness.
Forget rules, obligations, your conscience, loyalty, a sense of the commonweal. "
- Jill Lepore 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
The New Normal? Unless . . . Today, another school shooting. This time in Oregon. One student dead. One teacher injured."All told, there has been nearly one shooting per week in the year and a half since Newtown."... Read more
"Conventional wisdom holds that different people learn in different ways. Something is missing from that idea, however, so we offer a corollary:
when presented with exactly the same information in exactly the same way,
will learn different things. 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
"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
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
"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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
"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
"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
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
"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."
"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
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
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,
and share what they have learned with their classmates. Read more
"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
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
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
"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 . . ."
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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