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How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning – “Stigler knew that in American classrooms, it was usually the best kid in the class who was invited to the board. And so he watched with interest as the Japanese student dutifully came to the board and started drawing, but still couldn’t complete the cube. ” “In […]

Why Kids Should Learn Cursive, Math and Word Roots…

“When Suzanne Kail, an English teacher at a public high school in Magnolia, Ohio, was told that she would be required to teach her students Latin and Greek word roots, she groaned and rolled her eyes. Kail believes in a progressive approach to education, in which active engagement in meaningful learning is paramount. In an account of her […]

James Burke, Connections

James Burke is a unique historian of science and progress and his series Connections remains one of the best series about scientific and technological change. Having discovered this series during the  early 1990s, I was amazed by Burke’s concluding remarks. Words that ring true today more than ever. “So, in the end, have we learned […]

Digital technology is hampering attention spans and perseverance

“There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday. The researchers note that their findings represent the subjective views of teachers and should not be […]

The Peddling of Emotional intelligence

Taken a course at a Faculty of Education lately? Chances are you’ve been sold on Emotional Intelligence. What you need to know is this quackery was devised some decades ago by one Daniel Goleman who, like many others, thought he could predict success in business through some magical new tool. EI is a business, nothing […]

I don’t believe in Dalton Sherman

Sorry, I don’t. Like many educators, I’ve been subjected to this rah-rah video one time too many. We all know this speech not written by Dalton himself, but it is patently obvious this was rehearsed and planned like any other performance. In fact, I suggest anyone else who is subjected to this video check out […]

Why telling kids they are smart makes them act dumb

Praise and intelligence by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D : “When you praise kids for their ability, it makes them focus on looking good—not on learning” Read more …

“You’re all f&*cking wrong” – Albert Einstein

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Falsely attributed to Albert Einstein Fact is, Einstein never – ever – said anything remotely similar to this. Don’t believe me? Can you source the claim that […]

The Exhaustion of the American Teacher

Please read this excellent article from the Educator’s Room: “The American child has changed, and not necessarily for the better. Many shrill voices argue that teachers must change, too, by simply working harder. ” “The problem with the American student of 2012 isn’t as cartoonishly simple as evil unions protecting bad teachers. Nor is it […]

Philosophical differences

In North America, the system is proud to produce students who UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING, and KNOW pretty much NOTHING (doesn’t matter, they know where to find it or how to get to it). It’s all about the individual and his/her well-being and self esteem. The system is there to serve the INDIVIDUAL. This is a left-wing […]

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