Chalk Apocalypse

So, when Hagoromo announced that it was going out of business in 2014, it caused a rupture in the math community.” I referred to it as a chalk apocalypse,” Conrad said. In a panic, mathematicians across America began stockpiling resources in preparation.” I calculated how many boxes I would need to last 10 to 15……

You’re not “addicted” to tech and why it’s dangerous to say you are

As a teacher from 2001-2006 and then from 2008-2012, I had the chance to work with dozens of young people and their parents at a time when so much we knew and thought about education and transmitting information was changing. There was a rapid cultural shift in that decade that was primarily driven by “technology”……

Defending the Liberal Arts

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……

The dangers of thinking “They’ll get it because they’re young”

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……

Link: How David Bowie helped my autistic son become himself.

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.……

Less School

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……

Learning to Summize?

  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……

The “Mystery” of Good Schools

“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……

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The Loss of Solitary Exploration

“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……

Lower Salary Potential

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……

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S.C. teen assaulted by deputy is a recent orphan

“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

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What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Teachers who aim to control students’ behavior—rather than helping them control it themselves—undermine the very elements that are essential for motivation: autonomy, a sense of competence, and a capacity to relate to others. Source: What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? | Mother Jones Must read for parents, teachers, students, and most……

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Whither Professors?

As I wait, I sympathize: So many things distract them — the gym, text messages, rush week — and often campus culture treats them as customers, not pupils. Student evaluations and ratemyprofessor.com paint us as service providers. Source: What’s the Point of a Professor? – NYTimes.com vs There’s plenty wrong with higher ed, no one’s……

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The Colbert Surprise and Good Marketing

Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he would fund every existing grant request South Carolina public school teachers have made on the education crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org. Source: Stephen Colbert funds $800,000 in grants for South Carolina public school teachers Compare that to this. I was sad to see no requests from my home county, which……

My First Podcast In a While and One of the Best I’ve Been On

I’m doing more podcasting over at Thinking.FM in 2015. There, I wrote it so I have to do it. ThinkingDaily will be going back strong as of January 1st. I hope you’ll listen. As a part of that, I was asked by Elisabeth Kauffman and Merianna Neely Harrelson to join them on their awesome Thinking……

School Lunches

Soylent Green is people (but seriously, this looks terrible)! Students have posted their photos of mystery slop and scant portions after Mrs Obama spearheaded the United State Department of Agriculture's "Let's Move!" initiative to crackdown on obesity by reducing fat, simple sugars and salt in school food. via Hungry students send messages to Michelle Obama…

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