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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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Why Are American Kids So Spoiled? : The New Yorker

“Often, the kids had to be begged to attempt the simplest tasks; often, they still refused. In one fairly typical encounter, a father asked his eight-year-old son five times to please go take a bath or a shower. After the fifth plea went unheeded, the father picked the boy up and carried him into the […]

State of Education – Yes, Prime Minister – BBC

2.7 – The National Education Service First airtime BBC: 21 January 1988  – More info and quotes

Branford Marsalis talks about his students …

The Secrets of a Principal Who Makes Things Work

Great article in the New York Times : The Secrets of a Principal Who Makes Things Work A good principal protects her teachers from the nonsense. A good principal sets her own high standards. A good principal works with union leaders to carry out her educational agenda, and if she can’t, takes them on. A […]