Long overdue... The new statement offers a counterargument to the notion that the liberal arts are impractical, and perhaps unnecessary. The disciplines, it argues, increase students’ curiosity, prepare them to be lifelong learners, and offer a foundation for academic freedom. As a result, the associations argue, the benefits of the liberal arts should be available… Continue Reading Defending the Liberal Arts
So very true despite the stereotypes (spoken as a former college / high school / middle school teacher turned tech consultant). Parents have a big burden to bear in helping their young and old children make wise decisions about how and why to use the web. Just assuming "they'll get it because they're young" is… Continue Reading The dangers of thinking “They’ll get it because they’re young”
I'll freely admit that I didn't make it through this without some tears... I don’t think it’s saying too much to suggest that Bowie helped Benj discover his humanity. Like all of us, the parents, the therapists, and teachers, he was drawing the child’s spirit out into the light of relations that could sustain it.… Continue Reading Link: How David Bowie helped my autistic son become himself.
This is going to put me at odds with many of my more liberal friends, but I do see the justification for the argument here as well as "The Case Against Education." Education is big business and we're not educating our children (or adults) in the US in a way that best suits their future… Continue Reading Less School
Take a picture of a textbook page and instantly get summaries, analyses, videos, flashcards and annotations. Source: Summize I've been playing with this new app this morning. It's ... interesting and has caused me to stop and think. And to think... I had months (if not years) of instruction time at elementary, middle, high… Continue Reading Learning to Summize?
"So just what has got mathematicians spooked? Apart from 2 and 5, all prime numbers end in 1, 3, 7 or 9 – they have to, else they would be divisible by 2 or 5 – and each of the four endings is equally likely. But while searching through the primes, the pair noticed that… Continue Reading “Random” prime numbers and human projections
"The authors of these two books demonstrate that grand ideas cannot be imposed on people without their assent. Money and power are not sufficient to improve schools. Genuine improvement happens when students, teachers, principals, parents, and the local community collaborate for the benefit of the children. But a further lesson matters even more: improving education… Continue Reading The “Mystery” of Good Schools
"This experimental feature helps voters make more informed choices, and levels the playing field for candidates to share ideas and positions on issues they may not have had a chance to address during the debate. By publishing long-form text, photos and videos throughout the debate, campaigns can now give extended responses, answer questions they didn’t… Continue Reading The Loss of Solitary Exploration
I'll take my Religion major any day... USC considers charging different tuition for some majors | The State: "‘Look at what it costs to deliver an engineering degree than it does to deliver a philosophy degree,’ USC President Harris Pastides told trustees Tuesday. ‘Yet these two students pay the same amount of tuition.’ After the… Continue Reading Lower Salary Potential
"Our kids, who already face enormous pressure in life, should never be subjected to state-sponsored violence while in school. For this young girl, Spring Valley High School should've been a refuge." Source: KING: S.C. teen assaulted by deputy is a recent orphan - NY Daily News