Wit & Wisdom

January 2012

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A Complex Web: Teacher-Student Relationships

"Like most of us, they (teachers) had complex personalities that meshed with some people and conflicted with others." Read more
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Does our educational system put the brakes on the entrepreneurial spirit in America?

"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
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"A Radical Idea For Changing Math Education"

Someone always asks the math teacher, 'Am I going to use calculus in real life?' And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is NO. Read more
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Can Messy Be A Sign Of Brilliance?

Einstein's Desk In Photo: What He & Agatha Christie May Have In Common Read more
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The Kindergarten Marshmallow Test

Will Your Child Be Successful? Read more
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A Glaring Fundamental Flaw In Education

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
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The Parent Trapped

"While educators beat the drum about the importance of parental involvement in their child's education, many really mean parental compliance." Guest Post. Read more
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Visions of Mathematics: What Content Should We Teach?

Ben Daley of High Tech High Outlines a Revolutionary Approach to Math 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
Now, keeping in mind these fourfold interests - interest in conversation, or communication; in inquiry, or finding out things; in making things or construction; and in artistic expression - we may say they are natural resources, the uninvested capital, upon the exercise of which depends the active growth of the child..
John Dewey, The School and Society, 1900
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