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20 Minutes With: Bridge International Academies’ Shannon May
Feb. 25, 2019 | Barron's | By Mitch Moxley.

Bridge International Academies, a private company May co-founded that transforms failing government schools into high performing ones. The results have been astounding. May, an Arizona native in her early 40s, oversees the education of more than a quarter of a million children every school day in six countries. On average, these schools charge just US$7 per month per child, and some graduates have gone to elite secondary schools in the U.S.

Bridge is backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, among others, and has raised over US$140 million.

What was the original goal when you launched Bridge?

The original goal, seriously, was to serve a million kids in more than 1,000 schools…. It’s a lot harder than we thought, but 10 years on, now we’re working with close to 300,000 kids every day in six different countries.
billgates  China  education  high-achieving  PhDs  teachers  teaching  scaling  schools  transformational 
february 2019 by jerryking
Getting smarter, knowing less
March 16, 2018 | FT | by Robert Armstrong.

The point is that for me, and perhaps most people, the main barrier to being smart is not what we do not know. It is the masses of things we know and mistakenly believe to be relevant.

My wife and I have been thinking about the next stage of our kids’ education. Being central-casting middle-class professional types, we hired an educational consultant to talk us through a range of state schools. She provided briefings about each school, crammed with facts about test scores, teacher turnover, class sizes, and so on.

Feeling slightly dizzy, I asked which bits I should pay attention to. She responded — with glorious honesty for someone being paid by the hour — that there was only one piece of information that really mattered: how many students are late or absent on a regular basis. If a school is the kind of place where almost everybody shows up and shows up on time, then it is the kind of place where kids and teachers can achieve a lot together. The rest is noise.

That comment made me smarter, not because it was a surprising revelation but because it allowed me to clear a lot of junk out of my head — and avoid putting a lot more junk into it. What we all need is the cognitive equivalent of decluttering guru Marie Kondo, who can help us to go into our own heads and throw out all the beliefs that have outlived their usefulness.
decluttering  problem_framing  signals  noise  information_overload  questions  smart_people  incisiveness  education  schools  pretense_of_knowledge  pay_attention  what_really_matters  work_smarter 
march 2018 by jerryking
Good Schools Aren’t the Secret to Israel’s High-Tech Boom - WSJ
March 20, 2017

Israel’s shadow education system has three components. The first is our heritage of debate—it’s in the Jewish DNA. For generations Jews have studied the Talmud, our legal codex, in a way vastly different from what goes on in a standard classroom. Instead of listening to a lecture, the meaning of complex texts is debated by students in hevruta—pairs—with a teacher offering occasional guidance.

Unlike quiet Western libraries, the Jewish beit midrash—house of study—is a buzzing beehive of learning. Since the Talmud is one of the most complex legal codes ever gathered, the idea of a verdict is almost irrelevant to those studying. Students engage in debate for the sake of debate. They analyze issues from all directions, finding different solutions. Multiple answers to a single question are common. Like the Talmud itself—which isn’t the written law but a gathering of protocols—the learning process, not the result, is valued.

The second component of our shadow education system is the peer-teaches-peer model of Jewish youth organizations, membership-based groups that we call “movements.” Teenagers work closely with younger children; they lead groups on excursions and hikes, develop informal curricula, and are responsible for those in their care. As an 11th-grade student, I took fifth-graders on an overnight hike in the mountains. Being given responsibilities at a young age helped shape me into who I am today.

The third component is the army.
Israel  ksfs  education  high_schools  schools  Jewish  Talmud  protocols  Judaism  books  religion  coming-of-age  technology  science_&_technology  venture_capital  innovation  human_capital  capitalization  struggles  convictions  tough-mindedness  rigour  discomforts  cultural_values  arduous 
march 2017 by jerryking
Toronto’s school board isn’t just troubled. It’s rotten - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 16 2015

It is just as hard to imagine how a government that balks at breaking up a ridiculous and wholly unnecessary commercial monopoly such as the Beer Store is going to undertake a root-and-branch reform of the country’s biggest school board. Yet that is what is called for – nothing less.

The problem at the TDSB goes far beyond a few trustees with swollen heads. The rot at the board is deeper than that. Teachers’ unions and custodians’ unions have far too much power, individual teachers and principals far too little. The dead hand of the education bureaucracy stifles innovation and creativity.
TDSB  education  mediocrity  Marcus_Gee  mismanagement  schools  performance  bureaucracies  dysfunction  reform  root-and-branch  unions  autonomy  leadership 
january 2015 by jerryking
Take a stand against the armies of ignorance - FT.com
December 26, 2014 11:55 am
Take a stand against the armies of ignorance
Simon Schama
Simon_Schama  education  schools  violence  ignorance 
december 2014 by jerryking
‘Bring Back Our Girls’ - NYTimes.com
MAY 3, 2014 | NYT | Nicholas Kristof.

Mothers and relatives of kidnapped schoolgirls in northern Nigeria gathered late last month.
Continue reading the main story
Nicholas_Kristof  Africa  women  insurgencies  Nigeria  Boko_Haram  human_trafficking  education  schools  counterinsurgency  extremism  Muslim  kidnappings 
may 2014 by jerryking
Parental Opposition Fells inBloom Education-Software Firm - WSJ.com
By ELIZABETH DWOSKIN and LISA FLEISHER CONNECT
Updated April 21, 2014
education  software  analytics  students  data  schools 
april 2014 by jerryking
Real estate agent’s school opinions spark firestorm in GTA
Sep. 08 2013 |- The Globe and Mail |by GREG McARTHUR.

Although it’s not unusual for real estate agents to post test scores on their websites, Ms. Kostyniuk, has gone two steps further, devising her own methodology for ranking schools and then offering her candid opinions, often on video. Her system, she says, is supposed to take into account socio-economic factors to make the rankings fairer, but instead she has sparked a firestorm on websites popular with educators. While she is applauded by the likes of the Fraser Institute for trying to measure school performance, lawyers with the Peel District School Board are discussing how they can persuade her to cease and desist publishing her ranking system. “I think we’re going to appeal to her sense of good taste and respect and ask her to not do this to our schools,” said the board’s director of communications, Brian Woodland....Her rankings rely primarily on the standardized tests administered by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office, but with a few twists. In an effort to identify underrated schools, she created what she calls the Teacher Difficulty Index.

While filming herself in promotional videos outside many of Mississauga’s schools, she says she encountered teachers and principals who revealed to her the four main factors that make a teacher’s job more difficult: lower household income levels, parental education, the number of single parent households in the neighbourhood and the number of ESL students. She purchased data about these factors from a polling company, and using a formula – she previously worked as a geomorphologist, her website says – came up with a list of schools that she believes are environments where it is more difficult to teach. From there she developed a “potency list” – schools that perform better than they should given the socio-economic factors in their neighbourhood.
real_estate  education  schools  performance  Mississauga  indices  underrated  data  ranked_list  standardized_testing  teachers  school_districts  rankings  data_driven  test-score_data  outperformance  creating_valuable_content 
september 2013 by jerryking
Why America's hated: all that and more from your teachers union
December 6, 2001 | G&M – Page A25 | Margaret Wente

Doug Little teaches high-school history at Rosedale Heights in Toronto. He's
also the editor of his union newsletter, which goes out to 6,500 t...
Margaret_Wente  unions  anti-Americanism  schools  teachers  anti-Semitism  public_sector 
march 2013 by jerryking
Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Aim To Disrupt Food Industry - Forbes
Michael Kanellos, Contributor

I write about the intersection of science, business and ambition.
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Green Tech
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1/23/2012
schools  healthy_lifestyles  food  disruption  Silicon_Valley 
march 2013 by jerryking
Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Aim To Disrupt Food Industry - Forbes
Michael Kanellos, Contributor

I write about the intersection of science, business and ambition.
Green Tech
|
1/23/2012
entrepreneur  disruption  food  Silicon_Valley  schools  children 
february 2013 by jerryking
McGuinty’s locked-door policy acquiesces to unfounded fears
Dec. 26, 2012 | The Globe and Mail | MARCUS GEE.

Dalton McGuinty produced the $10-million like a rabbit from a hat last week, pledging to spend it on locking up Ontario elementary schools against the threat of Newtown-like mass killing...Is it a “reasonable” response to the tragedy?...Ontario is not Connecticut.... Ontario schoolchildren are not at risk of becoming victim to a mass school shooting. Or, to frame it another way, the risk is so small that spending millions to address it is grossly wasteful.

Of course, you won’t find any politician jumping up to say that... after all, would dare to say that the govt. should not do more to protect children? This is the insidious problem with pronouncements like these. They put potential opponents in the role of being against motherhood.

Unnecessary security measures such as the locked-door policy tend to increase anxiety about children's safety at a time when it is already feverishly high. Lots of parents drive their kids to school because they think it's unsafe to walk. That's bad for the environment and bad for children's health. Many fear their kids could be abducted by strangers, despite the fact that statistics show they are more likely to be struck by lightning. Exaggerated concern about safety has led schools to rip out “dangerous” climbing gyms and even ban ball playing.

It can't be good for children to persuade them they live in a dangerous world with deadly threats lurking around every corner. A healthy respect for proven risks like crossing the street without looking is useful. Fear of remote threats like a mass school shooting is not.
Marcus_Gee  fear  mass_shootings  schools  Dalton_McGuinty  risks 
december 2012 by jerryking
Race is the elephant in the room
Nov. 22 2005 | G&M | MARGARET WENTE

Toronto schools are also taking it in the neck for racial profiling. That's because young black males make up a disproportionate number of the students who are penalized for discipline and behaviour problems. Anyone with the slightest experience in Toronto's schools knows these problems are real. But saying so is not an option. Instead, the school board has promised the Ontario Human Rights Commission that the schools will be more sensitive. From now on, principals must consider "mitigating factors" before they impose discipline. One such factor is "racial harassment." Next fall, schools will begin to gather race-based discipline statistics in order to detect bias. Want to guess what's going to happen?
race  Toronto  Margaret_Wente  killings  African_Canadians  schools  students  youth  disproportionality 
august 2012 by jerryking
School Colors - WSJ.com
February 5, 2003 | WSJ | editorials.

A recent study by the Civil Rights Project, a liberal outfit housed at Harvard, uses the racial composition of inner-city schools to allege that the U.S. is undergoing resegregation. Our reading is that their findings say much more about the state of inner-city public education.

For starters, the U.S. is less segregated today than ever before....The racial makeup of our schools results not from the return of Bull Connor but from economics, immigration and birth rates. Middle-class blacks, whose ranks continue to grow, have moved into mixed neighborhoods.

Left behind in the major big cities is a minority underclass, whose numbers are inflated by recent arrivals who traditionally settle first among their own ethnic groups. During the 1990s, 11 million foreigners immigrated to the U.S., and more than half came from Latin America. Poor minorities are also the youngest members of our society. And they're having most of the children, which explains their high enrollment numbers. White enrollment rates have been steadily declining for decades.

The answer to today's increasing self-segregation is to fix the inner-city schools. Their dreadful quality is a major motive behind white -- and now middle-class black -- flight.
editorials  segregation  schools  urban  cities  public_education  underclass  self-segregation  African-Americans  middle_class 
august 2012 by jerryking
Good plan without the Afri overlay
February 7, 2008 | The Caribbean Camera | Oscar Wailoo
Afrocentric  TDSB  Dalton_McGuinty  schools 
august 2012 by jerryking
Memo to Toronto school board: Are you nuts?
February 2, 2008 | G& M pg. A23 | Jeffrey Simpson.

Given the provincial election results, it is hard to fathom how the Toronto District School Board could be sanctioning "Afrocentric schools" that, although theoretically open to all, are clearly designed for black students only, or almost only. How could it be that having rejected an extension of religiously based schools just a few months ago, the province's largest city will now countenance the creation of racially based ones?

Of course, the board was pressured, as boards often are, by interest groups with a cause - in this case, the theory that inadequate educational achievement can be improved by changing the curriculum. That poor achievement - a 40 per cent dropout rate by black students - is supposed to be lowered if the curriculum is more Afrocentric, which will be quite a trick in mathematics, physics, biology, foreign languages, basic civics, and even the broad sweep of world and Canadian history.
The theory is largely unsound. The much more frequent explanations for poor student achievement, for blacks or any other group, have much less to do with curriculum than factors over which schools have little control: dysfunctional families, troubled neighbourhoods, few role models (absent fathers), poverty, gangs or, in a few immigrant communities, attitudes toward education (especially for females) that are not easily reconciled with mainstream Canadian ones.

All the discourse about inclusiveness, that usually forms a staple of trendy, leftish discourse, has been discarded by the Toronto board in favour of its opposite: membership based overwhelmingly on one characteristic of the human and educational experience - race. As such, it is at profound variance with an important goal of a "public" school system, and should therefore be rejected.
Jeffrey_Simpson  African_Canadians  TDSB  identity_politics  Afrocentric  education  schools  dropouts  public_schools  race  achievement_gaps  family_breakdown  dysfunction  fatherhood  out-of-wedlock 
august 2012 by jerryking
The test
January-February 2009 | This Magazine | Andrew Wallace.

Africentric schools could be the key to success for a generation at risk. (Just don't call it segregation.)
African_Canadians  Afrocentric  schools  Toronto  TDSB  segregation 
march 2012 by jerryking
Taking British schools back to the future - The Globe and Mail
elizabeth renzetti
London— From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
education  Oxford  schools  innovation 
february 2012 by jerryking
Boutique schools: elitist or evocative? - The Globe and Mail
tamara baluja
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012
education  schools  TDSB  elitism  children 
february 2012 by jerryking
Jaye's Rant 7: An Afro-Centric Solution - SkyscraperCity
29th, 2008 |Jelani Laws

Jaye's Rant 7: An Afro-Centric Solution
An Afro-centric Solution

By: Jelani Laws
Afrocentric  schools  African_Canadians  race  TDSB  segregation 
november 2011 by jerryking
Nov. 21: Letters to the editor - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 21: Letters to the editor
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Nov. 21, 2011
letters_to_the_editor  Marcus_Gee  Afrocentric  schools  Toronto 
november 2011 by jerryking
A five-step lesson plan for parents
Sep 8, 2004 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.19 | Charles Ungerleider.
ProQuest  parenting  reading  values  mathematics  education  children  schools 
november 2011 by jerryking
My two girls: A father who has one of his daughters in private school, the other in public, worries about them both, for different reasons
A father who has one of his daughters in private school, the other in public, worries about them both, for different reasons;
Oct 30, 2000 | National Post pg. D.1.FRO |Tad Bradley*

Some parents believe in private schools; others are committed to the public system. Few straddle the fence -- or rather, have their brood on both sides.
ProQuest  fatherhood  parenting  schools  daughters  private_schools 
november 2011 by jerryking
GoGoNews aims to be the go-to site for kids - The Globe and Mail
gayle macdonald
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

Aimed at children aged 5 to 12, the site is updated 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Ms. Khosrowshahi and Ms. Mulroney Lapham from their office in midtown Toronto.

GoGoNews is sassy and easy to navigate, with the stories kept short and written in language that children can easily understand. Recent postings include the quarterly earnings of McDonald’s, a Toronto Maple Leafs upset victory, a story on an Arabian mare who paints, and one on Japan’s newest police dog, a seven-pound Chihuahua named Momo. ...The site is currently free of charge, but Ms. Khosrowshahi says they plan to start selling subscriptions to schools in the New Year to generate revenue.
websites  children  business_models  schools  content  local 
october 2011 by jerryking
How to make school libraries relevant again - The Globe and Mail
GLOBE EDITORIAL
How to make school libraries relevant again
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May. 16, 2011
schools  libraries  cutbacks 
may 2011 by jerryking
Critics urge Toronto board to move ahead with special-program schools - The Globe and Mail
KATE HAMMER — EDUCATION REPORTER
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011
education  TDSB  specialization  schools 
april 2011 by jerryking
Idea of ‘Africentric lens’ at Oakwood Collegiate called short-sighted - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Mar. 28, 2011 8:54PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011
TDSB  Marcus_Gee  Afrocentric  schools  students  achievement_gaps  segregation 
april 2011 by jerryking
The Montessori Mafia - Ideas Market - WSJ
April 5, 2011 | WSJ | By Peter Sims (the author of Little
Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries). We can
change the way we’ve been trained to think. That begins in small,
achievable ways, with increased experimentation and inquisitiveness.
Those who work with Mr. Bezos, for example, find his ability to ask “why
not?” or “what if?” as much as “why?” to be one of his most
advantageous qualities. Questions are the new answers.
education  creativity  creative_thinking  learning  parenting  experimentation  innovation  schools  teaching  Jeff_Bezos  Amazon  google  books  Montessori  questions  thinking  breakthroughs  inquisitiveness  curiosity 
april 2011 by jerryking
Black influx impacts school choice in Detroit suburbs | detnews.com
March 24. 2011 | The Detroit News | Ron French and Mike Wilkinson. 2010 Census
Black influx impacts school choice in Detroit suburbs Whites seek other education options as blacks move in
census  Detroit  school_districts  schools  racism 
march 2011 by jerryking
Lessons From the Chessboard - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By STEPHANIE
BANCHERO. Chess, as a Survival Skill. School Uses Chess to Teach
Self-Control, Critical Thinking to Troubled Students
chess  curriculum  schools  critical_thinking  self-control 
september 2010 by jerryking
The Littlest Schoolhouse
July/August 2010 | The Atlantic Magazine | By Ta-Nehisi Coates
personalization  education  schools  Ta-Nehisi_Coates 
july 2010 by jerryking
School Finds Economics of Success - WSJ.com
JULY 6, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By BARBARA MARTINEZ .'Financial Literacy Is the Fourth "R"'
financial_literacy  ufsc  schools 
july 2010 by jerryking
What Educators Are Learning From Money Managers
June 7, 2010 | Forbes Magazine | Daniel Fisher. "Away from the
angriest national debates, however, a quiet revolution in American
public education is occurring at organizations around the country like
Achievement First (see sidebar stories listed below). Most were launched
by idealistic liberals with dreams of social equality. But with annual
budgets exceeding $50 million, sophisticated computer systems and
hundreds of employees, they are starting to resemble
corporations--tracking and responding to minute changes and putting
resources to efficient and innovative uses. The question is whether
these strategies can be writ large, like Wal-Mart, to work in thousands
of schools with millions of students nationwide. There are plenty of
doubters."
school_districts  schools  data_driven  education  teachers  money_management 
may 2010 by jerryking
Detroit Schools on the Brink - WSJ.com
JULY 21, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by By ALEX P. KELLOGG.
Shrinking District Heads Toward Bankruptcy to Gain Control of Its Costs.
A decision on whether to file for protection under federal bankruptcy
laws will be made by the end of summer, according to Robert Bobb,
Detroit Public Schools' emergency financial manager. Such a filing would
be unprecedented in the U.S. Although a few major urban school
districts have come close, none has gone through with a bankruptcy,
according to legal and education experts.
Detroit  turnarounds  bankruptcies  African-Americans  school_districts  public_education  schools 
may 2010 by jerryking
Toronto's Africentric School: Is it needed? Is it wanted?
27 Feb 2009 | TVOParents Your Voice Episode. Discussion Points
1. What causes the high drop-out rate of African-Canadian kids?
2. What is the argument against the Africentric school? 3. How does
poverty affect student performance? 4. Do Africentric schools work?
Special Feature

Drop-Out Rates Among Racialized Groups

* English-speaking Caribbean – 40 percent
* Central and South American – 37 percent
* East African – 32 percent
* Southeast Asian – 29 percent
* West Asian – 28 percent
* West African – 26 percent
* Canadian Black – 23 percent

Source: 2006 Toronto District School Board Census

Start viewing around 1 minute 45 seconds.
schools  African_Canadians  Afrocentric  video  TVO  achievement_gaps  dropouts  racial_disparities 
april 2010 by jerryking
The Case for Saturday School - WSJ.com
MARCH 20, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By CHESTER E. FINN JR.
Kids in China already attend school 41 days a year more than students
in the U.S. Now, schools across the country are cutting back to four-day
weeks. Chester E. Finn Jr. on how to build a smarter education system.


Nor is it news that "time on task" has a powerful influence on
educational attainment.
education  schools  students  public_education  school_districts  practice  dedication 
march 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Contributor - Playing to Learn - NYTimes.com
February 1, 2010 |New York Times | By SUSAN ENGEL. It’s great
that the administration is trying to undertake reforms, but if we want
to make sure all children learn, we will need to overhaul the curriculum
itself. Our current educational approach — and the testing that is
driving it — is completely at odds with what scientists understand about
how children develop during the elementary school years and has led to a
curriculum that is strangling children and teachers alike.
curriculum  learning  play  schools  skills  children 
february 2010 by jerryking
Changing Mind-Sets About School, and Hygiene
January 11, 2010 | New York Times | By JENNIFER 8. LEE.
"Decoding the job title: It means that I do a lot of content and design
of school leadership stuff to develop the principals, the assistant
principals and the aspiring principals across the city. The office is
relatively new, in general. It was only created in 2007.

Before that? Achievement First Bushwick Middle School — I was the dean
of the students. I was basically the person in charge of culture,
discipline, student investment, student incentives, parent groups. The
whole theme of the school, as at all Achievement First schools, is to
strive to go to college. The fifth grade wasn’t known as the fifth
grade, it was known as the class of 2019, because that would be the year
that they would go to college."
leadership_development  teaching  education  role_models  schools  charter_schools  mindsets  policymaking 
january 2010 by jerryking
In praise of risk
Sep 14, 2000 | The Globe & Mail. pg. A.16 | Why expose
children to even the slightest risk if we can avoid it?

First, because it costs money. The $700,000 it cost to tear down those
Toronto playgrounds, and the $30-million it will cost to replace them,
could have been spent on something indisputably worthwhile: books, or
teachers or safe-driving programs for teenagers.

Second, some level of risk is unavoidable. Life, as they say, is a fatal
disease. If we wanted to eliminate all danger to our children, we would
keep them indoors all day and tell them to hide under the bed. We don't
do that because childhood is supposed to be fun, and part of having fun
is taking risks.

Sensible risks.

A responsible society, like a responsible parent, will do everything it
reasonably can to protect the young from real, demonstrable dangers.
What it will not do is fly into a frenzy at the slightest hint of peril.
If we don't raise our children to act that way, why on earth would we?
children  schools  playgrounds  editorials  dangers  soul-enriching  risks  childhood 
october 2009 by jerryking
Op-Ed Columnist - The New Untouchables - NYTimes.com
October 20, 2009 | New York Times | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. The
economic downturn has coincided with an education breakdown on Main
Street — precisely as a 'Flat World' enables so many more people to
compete with Americans for middle-class jobs. "“... education failure is
the largest contributing factor to the decline of the American worker’s
global competitiveness, particularly at the middle and bottom ranges,”
"...those [professionals] who have the ability to imagine new services,
new opportunities and new ways to recruit work [will be] retained. They
are the new untouchables." .......A Washington lawyer friend recently told me about layoffs at his firm. I asked him who was getting axed. He said it was interesting: lawyers who were used to just showing up and having work handed to them were the first to go because with the bursting of the credit bubble, that flow of work just isn’t there. But those who have the ability to imagine new services, new opportunities and new ways to recruit work were being retained. They are the new untouchables...........Survival means actively engaged in
developing new ideas or recombining existing technologies or thinking
about what new customers want......those who have some interpersonal skills — the salesperson who can deal with customers face to face or the home contractor who can help you redesign your kitchen without going to an architect — have done well.”.....Just being an average accountant, lawyer, contractor or assembly-line worker is not the ticket it used to be. As Daniel Pink, the author of “A Whole New Mind,” puts it: In a world in which more and more average work can be done by a computer, robot or talented foreigner faster, cheaper “and just as well,” vanilla doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s all about what chocolate sauce, whipped cream and cherry you can put on top. So our schools have a doubly hard task now — not just improving reading, writing and arithmetic but entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.
interpersonal_skills  Tom_Friedman  Daniel_Pink  schools  education  individual_initiative  decline  non-routine  Managing_Your_Career  imagination  skills  special_sauce  idea_generation  Flat_World  unarticulated_desires  middle_class  new_thinking  intrinsically_motivated  winner-take-all  entrepreneurship  innovation  creativity  Lawrence_Katz  mental_dexterity 
october 2009 by jerryking
Canadian innovation starts in the classroom - The Globe and Mail
Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by WARREN JESTIN AND STAN SHAPSON
innovation  Canadian  schools 
september 2009 by jerryking
School-testing study provides valuable lesson
Aug. 20, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by Marcus Gee. Schools with
students from more affluent backgrounds tend to do better provincewide
tests in reading, writing and mathematics that all students take in
Grades 3, 6, 9 and 10 under the Education Quality and Accountability
Office., but within that generality there are sharp variations.
Background is not destiny. Kids in poor districts don't have to have
lousy schools. Kids in rich areas don't always get great schools either.
testing  schools  Marcus_Gee  performance  Ontario 
august 2009 by jerryking
Canada is failing history
Jun. 18, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by Marc Chalifoux and J.D.M.
Stewart. To function in a modern democracy, citizens must understand
the country’s past. We must teach them. Caanda's first four prime
ministers were: (1) John Alexander Macdonald (C) (2) Alexander Mackenzie
(L) (3) John Joseph Caldwell Abbott (C) (1st Cnd. born) and (4) John
Sparrow David Thompson (C).
Canada  democracy  education  engaged_citizenry  history  schools  Dominion_Institute  nation_builders  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  civics 
june 2009 by jerryking
Let's Have a Student Uprising
2005-08-26 | Time Magazine | Book excerpt from "Crash Course"
by Chris Whittle. To improve our schools, put children in charge of
their own learning
education  reform  myths  students  schools 
june 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com: Yes, they can
March 21, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by MARGARET WENTE

KIPP stands for the Knowledge Is Power Program, and its slogan is "work hard, be nice."
Margaret_Wente  schools  African-Americans  education  discipline 
april 2009 by jerryking
Push for financial literacy spreads to schools | csmonitor.com
By Amy Green | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

from the March 9, 2009 edition
schools  financial_literacy  ufsc 
march 2009 by jerryking
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