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October 2013

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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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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
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Leonardo da Vinci
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