"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 . . ."
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
"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
"We need to revolutionize education to encourage creativity
and need to teach our kids to play, take a chance and create.
By not teaching our children
liberal arts we will hinder their capacity to innovate." Read more
Great video from pandodaily, my new favorite tech site, about how the CEO of Deviant Art uses his artistic expression and journaling to help him think, reflect, organize or clear his head to work better. Read more
The Best Commencement of 2013 - George Saunders: "But still. It bothers me. So here's something I know to be true, although it's a little corny, and I don't quite know what to do with it: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly." 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
"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
" . . .we've spent hours and hours discussing how we can help students follow their interests and passions, and also help students learn powerful ideas and develop as systematic thinkers." Mitchel Resnick on Alan Kay, Squeak and Scratch Read more
Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist and author of the new book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big debunks some of the "rules of success" for business and career including:
why following your passion as your vocation is tricky 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."
. . . .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
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
College Missing In Action: J.D. Salinger, Harry S. Truman, Steve Jobs, Ted Turner -- Didn't Attend College Or Dropped Out --
"Some of the people coming out of those apprenticeships are in more demand than college graduates because they've actually managed things in the workplace." Read more
"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
"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
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
"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
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
"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
"And if the point of education really is
the production of abstractly and measurably skillful people
who don't necessarily know anything in particular,
it's a vision (maybe a chilling one) that, at least,
should be articulated for parents - and voters -
to decide on." Read more
Editor's Note: The devil sure is in the details. While we know that the judicious use of data can add important insight, this guest post illustrates how and when data collection defeats the original purpose, with unintended costs along the... Read more
Guest Post. What Is Effective Teaching? Is "learning to cope with failure" a parenting flaw or "the way we educate" outcome? Standardized Testing and Stuff We Really Don't Want to Talk About . . . Read more
Holiday Movie Time! If you missed last night's 60 Minutes on CBS, check out Streep in this fabulous interview with Morley Safer. We also included a fun second video which was not featured on the show, Meryl's Men: How She Feels about her Co-Stars like Dustin, Jack, Kevin and Alec. 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
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
"If we continue to look at education as if it's about coming to school
to get the information and
not about experiential learning, empowering student voice and embracing failure
we are missing the mark . . . ."
- Diana Laufenberg Read more
" . . . .scientific thinking has valuable uses outside of science.
In science class we learn to interrogate nature,
but the interrogation methods can be used to
scrutinize many other ideas and beliefs." Guest post. Read more
"So much cranky clamoring lately: Three major movies. Joe Scarborough, Seth Godin, even Carl Bernstein getting into the act. Who gave these intruders the stage? Don't "turn over the tables in the temple" in education!" I like the status quo. Cheers!" Dr. D. Read more
By Alan November: "If our children are to grow up to make important contributions to our society, it is essential that we provide them with powerful tools and experiences across the curriculum. This will require a new culture of teaching and learning that engages students as contributors." 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
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
Best education video of 2010? Brilliant TED talk by Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy -- a featured school in "Apple in Education" series takes on technology to meta-cognition to empowering students to the role of education. Check it out. Read more
. . . .this test is that measures (and values) exactly the opposite qualities that are generally most valued in schools, especially in middle and high schools, where compliance, conformity and rigid adherency to instruction, rules and "what is taught" are rewarded and highly valued . . . Read more
"Always Learning" We are really impressed with the teachers who are actively initiating and engaged in their own development -- and who are not solely relying on the school for this area of professionalism, or the next formal degree or a development course every five years to "do the job" for them. Read more
* Read More About the Steve Wozniak Relationship (Rift?) With Steve Jobs, Fellow M.I.A. In This Fascinating Piece From Slate: "The iPad is Steve Jobs' Final Victory Over The Company's Co-founder Steve Wozniak." Read more
My interest was piqued as I presumed I was about to enter the fray debating whether sociopathic, liberal high schools should be allowed to breed their own stem cells, only to find that STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. (Humor) Read more
"The young entrepreneurs who are starting companies for the first time are best served by seeking out and getting experienced serial entrepreneurs as angel investors, board members, and mentors.We encourage all of the first time entrepreneurs we work with to do... Read more