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How kids are raised matters less than you think
"Twin and adoption studies have shown us that about half the differences between people in any trait you want to name is due to DNA differences<>, and half isn’t. But whatever the environment is, it makes two kids in the same family as different as those in two different families"
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New  Scientist  parenting  genetics  interview  education 
7 days ago by pierredv
From Stories to Scientific Models and Back: Narrative framing in modern macroscopic physics: International Journal of Science Education: Vol 37, No 5-6

Narrative in science learning has become an important field of inquiry. Most applications of narrative are extrinsic to science—such as when they are used for creating affect and context. Where they are intrinsic, they are often limited to special cases and uses. To extend the reach of narrative in science, a hypothesis of narrative framing of natural and technical scenes is formulated. The term narrative framing is used in a double sense, to represent (1) the enlisting of narrative intelligence in the perception of phenomena and (2) the telling of stories that contain conceptual elements used in the creation of scientific models of these phenomena. The concrete case for narrative framing is made by conceptual analyses of simple stories of natural phenomena and of products related to modern continuum thermodynamics that reveal particular figurative structures. Importantly, there is evidence for a medium-scale perceptual gestalt called force of nature that is structured metaphorically and narratively. The resulting figurative conceptual structure gives rise to the notion of natural agents acting and suffering in storyworlds. In order to show that formal scientific models are deeply related to these storyworlds, a link between using (i.e. simulating) models and storytelling is employed. This link has recently been postulated in studies of narrative in computational science and economics.
science  physics  narrative  stories  education 
may 2019 by pierredv
A theoretical framework for narrative explanation in science - Norris - 2005 - Science Education - Wiley Online Library

This paper deals with a number of conceptual and theoretical issues that underlie the proposal to employ narrative explanations in science education: What is narrative? What is explanation? and What is narrative explanation? In answering these questions, we develop a framework of narrative elements and characteristics of narrative explanations. Two possible examples of narrative explanation are presented and examined in light of the framework. This examination brings to light various conceptual and empirical questions related to the examples and to the larger issue of the use of examples like them in science instruction. The value of the framework lies partly in its power to point to such questions. The questions can guide a program of theoretical and empirical research into the psychological reality of the narrative form of explanation, the existence of narrative explanations in science, the use of narrative explanations in science teaching, and the nature and extent of the narrative effect upon which proposals for the use of narrative often are justified.
science  education  narrative  stories 
may 2019 by pierredv
The Role of Narrative in Communicating Science: International Journal of Science Education: Vol 31, No 12

The present theoretical paper presents a case for the use of narrative (i.e., fictional written text) in science education as a way of making science meaningful, relevant, and accessible to the public. Grounded in literature pointing to the value of narrative in supporting learning and the need to explore new modes of communicating science, this paper explores the potential of narrative in science education. More specifically, in this paper we explore the question: What is narrative and why might it be of value to science education? In answering this question we propose a view of narrative and its necessary components, which permits narrative a role in science education, and is, in fact, the main contribution of this paper. Also, a range of examples of narrative text are offered in the paper to make the case for a representation of fictional narrative in science. In order to address questions connected with the use of narrative in science education, a research agenda based on perspectives of narrative implications for learning is framed.
narrative  science  education  stories 
may 2019 by pierredv
(66) Physics Professors Be Like - YouTube
"I've made joke videos about physics students, now it's time for the professors."
physics  education  humor  video  YouTube 
april 2019 by pierredv
Why the Private Spaceflight Industry Needs More Lawyers (Op-Ed) Jul 2018
"We need law schools to prepare students for this infinite realm of property law regarding physical property, like the construction and use of spacecraft, space stations and even to attempts to colonize the moon and Mars. That preparation also extends to the vast universe of intellectual property. Law students also need to learn the mechanics of laws governing aviation and space travel, as well as personal liability and insurance. And existing lawyers need to expand their knowledge of these subjects, lest the commercial quest for space have nowhere to go because too many questions go unanswered."
opinion  space  law  education 
august 2018 by pierredv
Letter to an Aspiring Intellectual by Paul J. Griffiths | Articles | First Things
Via ALD. By Paul J. Griffiths is Warren Professor of Catholic Theology at Duke Divinity School.

"So: Find something to think about that seems to you to have complexity sufficient for long work, sufficient to yield multifaceted and refractory results when held up to thought’s light as jewelers hold gemstones up to their loupes. And then, don’t stop thinking about it."

Purpose of argument: "we argue with those who differ from us, sometimes, it’s true, out of the delight of battle and the urge for victory, but sometimes, too, because we find in argument a powerful device for clarifying a position and seeing how it might be improved."

"I think that at the moment you’re in love with the idea of being an intellectual rather than with some topic for thought. ... Most people who’d love to be novelists don’t write novels, and that’s because they’re not really interested in doing so. They’re infatuated with an image and a rôle rather than with what those who play that rôle do."

"You need a life in which you can spend a minimum of three uninterrupted hours every day, excepting sabbaths and occasional vacations, on your intellectual work. ... You need this because intellectual work is, typically, cumulative and has momentum."

"The most essential skill is surprisingly hard to come by. That skill is attention. Intellectuals always think about something, and that means they need to know how to attend to what they’re thinking about. Attention can be thought of as a long, slow, surprised gaze at whatever it is."

"How then to overcome boredom and cultivate attention? ... There’s no twelve-step for this. Rather, it’s a matter, first, of knowing that attention is necessary for intellectual work and that it will, when practiced, bear unexpected fruit, and that it won’t, no matter what seems to be the case, exhaust what it’s turned to. Then, it’s a matter of knowing that you’ll be bored by what you’re thinking about, ceasing to be surprised by that dry response, and accommodating it into the patterns of your attention (see above, on the relation between solitude and loneliness). And lastly, it’s a matter of practice by repetition, like piano-playing and squash. You’ll get better at attending as you do it, so long as you know you need to get better at it."

"Don’t do any of the things I’ve recommended unless it seems to you that you must. ... Undertake it if, and only if, nothing else seems possible. "
ALD  academia  thinking  **  attention  vocation  education  writing  quotations 
april 2018 by pierredv
The merits of revisiting Michael Young - Bagehot, Feb 2018
AFTER much searching, Bagehot has found a book that at last explains what is going on in British politics. This wonderful volume not only reveals the deeper reasons for all the bizarre convulsions. It also explains why things are not likely to get better any time soon. The book is Michael Young’s “The Rise of the Meritocracy”—and it was published 60 years ago this year.
TheEconomist  politics  meritocracy  books  culture  opinion  education 
february 2018 by pierredv
Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications | Executive and Continuing Professional Education | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Program Overview
A Risk Analysis Course

Risk analysis is a scientific tool designed to help us determine the existence and extent of threats to human health, provide information about how best to manage these risks, and improve our ability to communicate with the public about the proper response to these hazards.

This continuing education course explores the principles of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication, ensuring you can identify, explain, and make decisions about risks to public health. You will learn how risk analysis is done, how it is interpreted, and how it influences regulatory decision-making. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to analyze how environmental hazards impact human health.

This program uses case studies, lectures, and small-group work to explore such topics as hazard identification, toxicology and epidemiology in risk analysis, risk perception, risk communication, life-cycle assessment, and the interplay of risk management and the law. You will gain the skills needed to:

* Perform a broader, nuanced risk assessment
* Improve the effectiveness of current risk assessment practices
* Apply these concepts to diverse risk analysis and management issues

During this executive education program, you will explore the legal and policy framework which will inform the direction of risk analysis in upcoming years, gain the skills needed to perform a quantitative risk assessment, discuss key factors influencing the effectiveness of risk assessment and management, and apply these concepts in local, state, federal, or international settings. After completing the course, you will be able to determine whether hazards pose an unacceptable risk to public health, communicate effectively about health risks, and utilize risk analysis to improve decision-making.
Harvard  course  risk  risk-assessment  education  health  public-health 
january 2018 by pierredv
Wokeness and Myth on Campus - The New Atlantis Jan 2018
"The problem lies in a failure to grasp the true nature of the students’ position. If we are going to understand that position, we will need to draw on intellectual sources quite other than those typically invoked. What is required of us is the study of myth — and not in any pejorative or dismissive sense, but in the sense of an ineradicable element of human consciousness."

Polish philosopher Leszek Kołakowski's "technological core is analytical, sequential, and empirical. Another way to put this is to say that what belongs to the technological core is what we find to hand: whatever occupies the lifeworld we share, and is therefore subject to our manipulation and control, and to debates about what it is and what might be done with it. To this core belong instrumental and discursive reason, including all the sciences and most forms of philosophy — everything that reckons with the possible uses of human power to shape ourselves and our environment. The technological core undergirds and produces the phenomena we typically refer to as technological.

The “mythical core” of civilization, by contrast, describes that aspect of our experience “not revealed by scientific questions and beliefs.” It encompasses the “nonempirical unconditioned reality” of our experience, that which is not amenable to confirmation or disconfirmation."

"... as Kołakowski contends, the technological core and the mythical core will always come into regular and profound conflict with each other: “The futility of this clash would not in the end be so burdensome were it not that both points of view, incapable of synthesis and eternally in conflict, are after all present in [every one] of us, although in varying degrees of vitality. They have to coexist and yet they cannot coexist.”"
NewAtlantis  myth  politics  religion  technology  *  academia  education 
january 2018 by pierredv
Emotions are not universal – we build them for ourselves | New Scientist, Mar 2017
"The more emotion concepts you know – not just one anger but many angers, each one fitting a particular situation – then the better you will be at regulating your emotions. Concepts are tools for living."

"Research shows that teaching kids emotion words expands their vocabulary of concepts and improves academic performance. This may be in part because a larger vocabulary tunes emotions more finely to the situation – being “frustrated” or “irritated” instead of just “angry” – and that improves self-control."
NewScientist  emotion  vocabulary  language  education  self-control  interviews 
may 2017 by pierredv
Established education providers v new contenders | The Economist, Jan 2017
"Nonetheless, the MOOCs are on to something. Education, like health care, is a complex and fragmented industry, which makes it hard to gain scale. Despite those drop-out rates, the MOOCs have shown it can be done quickly and comparatively cheaply. "

"In their search for a business model, some platforms are now focusing much more squarely on employment (though others, like the Khan Academy, are not for profit). Udacity has launched a series of nanodegrees in tech-focused courses that range from the basic to the cutting-edge. It has done so, moreover, in partnership with employers. A course on Android was developed with Google . . ."

"Coursera’s content comes largely from universities, not specialist instructors; its range is much broader; and it is offering full degrees (one in computer science, the other an MBA) as well as shorter courses. But it, too, has shifted its emphasis to employability. "

"Universities can become more modular, too. EdX has a micromasters in supply-chain management that can either be taken on its own or count towards a full masters at MIT. . . . . Enthusiasts talk of a world of “stackable credentials” in which qualifications can be fitted together like bits of Lego."
TheEconomist  MOOCs  Coursera  EdX  Udacity  education  employment 
january 2017 by pierredv
How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong - IEEE Spectrum - Jan 2017
"These MOOC pioneers were therefore stunned when their online courses didn’t perform anything like they had expected."

"What accounts for MOOCs’ modest performance? While the technological solution they devised was novel, most MOOC innovators were unfamiliar with key trends in education. That is, they knew a lot about computers and networks, but they hadn’t really thought through how people learn."

"Indeed, most MOOC founders were unaware that a pedagogical revolution was already under way at the nation’s universities: The traditional lecture was being rejected by many scholars, practitioners, and, most tellingly, tech-savvy students. ... peer-to-peer learning, virtual teamwork, and interactive exercises ... These modes of instruction, known collectively as “active” learning, encourage student engagement, in stark contrast to passive listening in lectures."

" The three principal MOOC providers—Coursera, Udacity, and edX—wandered into a territory they thought was uninhabited. Yet it was a place that was already well occupied by accomplished practitioners who had thought deeply and productively over the last couple of decades about how students learn online."
learning  education  MOOCs  IEEE-Spectrum  Udacity  active-learning  Coursera  EdX 
january 2017 by pierredv
Language Course Reviews | Effective Language Learning
Speed Learning Languages
Michel Thomas
Rosetta Stone
language  reviews  education 
december 2016 by pierredv
What is the point of universities? | Wolfson
Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, gives the opening talk at Wolfson College's 50th Anniversary celebration weekend
Oxford  Wolfson  podcasts  education 
november 2016 by pierredv
How the education gap is tearing politics apart | David Runciman | Politics | The Guardian
"Education does not simply divide us on the grounds of what is in our interests. It sorts us according to where we feel we belong."

"The education divide is never going to supplant traditional left-right politics. There is not going to be a “Graduate party” taking on a party of “School Leavers”. Instead the divide cuts across left and right, which is why it is proving so disruptive to our politics right now. . . . But the education divide derives from an alternative set of values, which is often characterised as the opposition between libertarians and authoritarians. Authoritarians are looking for order and control, libertarians want greater freedom and tolerance. "

"When Gove suggested that the experts should not be trusted because they have a vested interest in what they are saying, that was his point: once knowledge becomes a prerequisite of power, then it no longer speaks for itself. It appears to speak for the worldview of the people who possess it. At that point it ceases to be knowledge and simply becomes another mark of privilege."
"The education divide has the potential to break apart the careful ties that hold representative democracy together. Regardless of our different interests, we elect representatives to take decisions on our behalf on the understanding that we share certain basic values, including a respect for knowledge, wherever it comes from. Once knowledge is assumed to be just another one of the perks of power, then the basis to trust others to take decisions for us becomes eroded. Asserting the facts and asserting your privilege grow increasingly difficult to distinguish."
TheGuardian  education  politics  power  longreads 
october 2016 by pierredv
Obama's misguided plan to connect schools to the Internet - Politico, Tom Hazlett Aug 2016
E-Rate is almost the perfect Washington D.C. program. It hits the hot buttons of education, technology, and good jobs at good wages in one shot and spreads federal monies to vendors and consultants in every corner of the country. And no politician has ever been defeated for public office by touting improved Internet connections at local schools.

But in a large study of students in North Carolina, two colleagues and I recently found that the actual benefits for students—the kids the program is supposed to help—are about zero. In fact, our research found that the E-Rate program marginally hurt student performance rather than helped it.
Tom-Hazlett  Politico  education  E-rate 
october 2016 by pierredv
This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning. -- Upworthy Sep 2016
"Imagine you're working at a school and one of the kids is starting to act up. What do you do? Traditionally, the answer would be to give the unruly kid detention or suspension. ... But Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has been doing something different when students act out: offering meditation."
meditation  education  discipline 
september 2016 by pierredv
Back to the thesis: Francis Collins - YouTube
2:25: "I wanted to contribute. I wanted to have some insight, to feel like, that my involvement in science had meant something."
people  stories  scientific-method  education  YouTube  video  quotations  NatureJournal 
july 2016 by pierredv
The June 16 Soweto Youth Uprising | South African History Online
"R644 was spent annually for each White student, while only R42 was budgeted for a Black school child."
history  South-Africa  education 
june 2016 by pierredv
Alan Bennett · Fair Play: Fair Play: A Sermon · LRB 19 June 2014
"My objection to private education is simply put. It is not fair. And to say that nothing is fair is not an answer. Governments, even this one, exist to make the nation’s circumstances more fair, but no government, whatever its complexion, has dared to tackle private education."
LRD  Alan-Bennett  equality  fairness  education 
may 2016 by pierredv
Veterans Day: For many vets, college is scarier than Afghanistan -
"Veterans Day highlights the the sky-high dropout rates for veterans attending college. But new college 'boot camps' are helping vets transition to a new life of classroom debates and selfies. " college-immersion boot camp called the Warrior-Scholar Project
CSMonitor  veterans  education  college  university  war 
january 2016 by pierredv
Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. | New Republic
"Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it." "So extreme are the admission standards now that kids who manage to get into elite colleges have, by definition, never experienced anything but success. The prospect of not being successful terrifies them, disorients them. "
education  parenting  ivyleague 
january 2016 by pierredv
What Wittgenstein Learned from Teaching Elementary School - Paris Review
"What the philosopher learned from his time in elementary-school classrooms."
ParisReview  education  philosophy  Wittgenstein 
january 2016 by pierredv
Gender, education and work: The weaker sex | The Economist
"It is a problem that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. Until the 1960s boys spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now, across the rich world and in a growing number of poor countries, the balance has tilted the other way. Policymakers who once fretted about girls’ lack of confidence in science now spend their time dangling copies of “Harry Potter” before surly boys."
education  gender  gendergap  TheEconomist 
december 2015 by pierredv
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults | RAND
According to RAND research, inmates who take part in education programs had 43% lower odds of returning to prison. The findings also suggest a return on investment of $4 to $5 during the first three years after release for each $1 invested in prison education
RAND  prison  education 
july 2015 by pierredv
Hannah Arendt: thinking versus evil | Features | Times Higher Education - Jon Nixon Feb 2015
"Jon Nixon asks what Arendt’s work can tell us about the value of universities as places of thinking together"
essays  Hannah-Arendt  education  thought  8  morality  ethics  philosophy  * 
april 2015 by pierredv
Medieval Scheming and Sabotage in Smith Hall | College of Arts and Sciences - University of Washington
Trouble is brewing in Smith Hall. The Pope is holed up in a women’s restroom, conferring with the papal council. King Philip IV paces the hallway, plotting his next move. And French clergy convene in a nearby classroom, debating whether to support their king or the Pope. It’s all in a day’s work for students in Reacting to the Past: Religion and Politics in Medieval Europe, a history course in which role-playing is serious business. Students learn about the past by living it, delving deeply into the motivations of people that influenced key moments in history. The course is designed around games that pit different medieval factions against each other. The players try to improve their individual positions using strategies that would be true to their characters.
UW  history  education 
april 2015 by pierredv
A Lesson Plan for A+ Teachers - Essay - Joel Klein - Nov 2014
"Unlike in America, Finnish teachers are drawn from the top 10% of their college classes. They must earn a minimum of a master’s degree before applying for a job, and when they do apply, the competition is stiff. Once they are employed, Finnish teachers go through a yearlong teaching apprenticeship and, if they succeed, are required to devote two hours a week to professional development throughout their careers."
education  teaching  opinion  WSJ 
november 2014 by pierredv
Small school feels like a family - YouTube CS Monitor
From photo essay in CSMonitor "Leviton Dual Language Elementary School in Providence, R.I., follows the lead of principal Dr. Javier Montañez, who is a mentor and father figure to the children. The teachers, staff, pupils and administrators are like a family."
CSMonitor  education  immigration  video 
october 2014 by pierredv
Infographic: South Africa's Education Problem | World Policy Institute May 2014
"South Africa has one of the worst school systems in the world." "Similar PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) data from 2006 revealed 87 percent of fourth graders and 78 percent of fifth graders in South Africa were scoring below the “Low International Benchmark.”" (apparently for RoW it's 6%)
education  South-Africa 
july 2014 by pierredv
Measuring adult skills: What can you do? | The Economist Oct 2013
The OECD "has just produced new research on adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills in 22 countries. Finland and Japan came top. The worst performers were Italy and Spain, where over a quarter of adults were rated at below the most basic reading level. The same countries fared poorly in basic maths skills, too: almost a third of grown-ups in Italy, Spain and America showed a poor grasp of numbers, against only one in eight in Finland and the Czech Republic and less than one in ten in Japan (see chart)." "The report notes a link between high performance and more egalitarian societies such as the Nordic ones. Countries with greater social disparities, such as Britain, Germany, France and America, do less well. Well-intentioned plans to boost the brainpower of workforces by pushing more people into universities are now also looking flawed. "
training  rankings  OECD  TheEconomist  education 
october 2013 by pierredv
West vs Asia education rankings are misleading - opinion - 07 January 2013 - New Scientist
skeptical take on value/meaning of tests of science and math ability Excerpts: Tienken... has since done a similar analysis of the 2003 PISA mathematics rankings and two measures of economic success...The study, to be published in April, again found no statistically significant relationship. These findings make TIMSS and PISA rankings seem irrelevant. But it could be worse than that. In many cases, high test scores correlate with economic failure.... In 2007, Keith Baker of the US Department of Education made a rough comparison of long-term correlations between the 1964 mathematics scores and several measures of national success decades later. Baker found negative relationships between mathematics rankings and numerous measures of prosperity and well-being. Countries scoring well on the tests were also less democratic.
USA  PISA  TIMSS  testing  education  Asia 
october 2013 by pierredv
Emerging economies: When giants slow down | The Economist Jul 2013
Excerpts: THIS year will be the first in which emerging markets account for more than half of world GDP on the basis of purchasing power. .. The remarkable growth of emerging markets in general and the BRICs in particular transformed the global economy in many ways, some wrenching... This reserve accumulation contributed to a global savings glut, and the resulting low interest rates encouraged heavy public and private borrowing in the rich world. Some reckon currency manipulation also repressed consumption in emerging markets ... Not all the effects of the BRICs’ growth were to be felt as promptly; some, for good and ill, will not be experienced in full measure for decades. Bigger economies mean bigger armies. They also mean flourishing universities...
BRICS  TheEconomist  education  geopolitics  growth 
august 2013 by pierredv
MOOC mashup: San Jose State University -- Udacity experiment with online-only courses fizzles - San Jose Mercury News
"Now the spring semester results from this pilot program at SJSU are in. The pass rates in the experimental online courses are troubling and should give educators, students, parents and the Legislature much pause. In the Udacity Remedial/Developmental Math course there was a disappointing 29 percent pass rate compared to an 80 percent pass rate in the regular face-to-face SJSU course. Only 12 percent of non-SJSU students in the Udacity version of the course passed, including students from Oakland Military Institute, the college-prep charter school."
Udacity  MercuryNews  on-line  education  MOOC 
july 2013 by pierredv
Free education: Learning new lessons | The Economist
"Online courses are transforming higher education, creating new opportunities for the best and huge problems for the rest"
Udacity  TheEconomist  Coursera  MOOCS  education  online 
february 2013 by pierredv
Thanks, Textbooks.
via:gmsv, A collection of the world's finest academic writing. (Updated every Monday).
textbooks  humor  education 
december 2012 by pierredv
Law 2.0: The New Continuum of Legal Education by Therese Kerfoot | Boulder Startup Center
Summary of conclusions of roundtable report:
= A “disaggregated” legal landscape underscores why legal education must adapt
= Disaggregation has rendered the traditional training model obsolete
= Today’s lawyers must master more than just fundamental legal skills
= A menu of reforms to legal education should be considered
* Enhanced admissions screening
* Increased experiential and business training opportunities
* Improved continuing legal education
* Unconventional Solutions
x:SiliconFlatirons  education  law 
november 2012 by pierredv
Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : Shots - Health News : NPR
"I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you're just not very smart," Stigler says. "It's a sign of low ability — people who are smart don't struggle, they just naturally get it, that's our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity." In Eastern cultures, Stigler says, it's just assumed that struggle is a predictable part of the learning process. Everyone is expected to struggle in the process of learning, and so struggling becomes a chance to show that you, the student, have what it takes emotionally to resolve the problem by persisting through that struggle.
**  meditation  struggle  npr  China  USA  learning  culture  motivation  education 
november 2012 by pierredv
David Brooks: The social animal | Video on
"Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences -- insights with massive implications for economics and politics as well as our own self-knowledge. In a talk full of humor, he shows how you can't hope to understand humans as separate individuals making choices based on their conscious awareness. "
society  cognition  ethics  education  politics  TED  via:marcberejka 
september 2012 by pierredv
The Writing Revolution - Peg Tyre - The Atlantic
Via Matt Corwine "For years, nothing seemed capable of turning around New Dorp High School’s dismal performance—not firing bad teachers, not flashy education technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school’s principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. What followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject—one that has made New Dorp a model for educational reform."
*  teaching  theAtlantic  education  writing 
september 2012 by pierredv
online courses from Stanford, Princeton, UPenn
education  lectures  video  courseware 
september 2012 by pierredv
The Big Jobs Myth: American Workers Aren't Ready for American Jobs - Barbara Kiviat - The Atlantic
In recent months, researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the University of California-Berkeley, and the Wharton School have expressed skepticism about the existence of a national skills mismatch. A larger body of work, stretching back decades, paints a murky picture about how broad-based a problem worker skill level is. Despite this, policymakers have fretted about the issue for 30 years, in periods of high unemployment and low. If the research is far from certain, why does the skills-mismatch narrative stay with us? And by fixating on mismatched skills, are we ignoring a far bigger problem for the economy?
skills  employment  The  Atlantic  CSMonitor  economics  politics  education 
august 2012 by pierredv
Learn language faster with gestures - life - 03 January 2012 - New Scientist
"People learn a new language more easily when words are accompanied by movement."
language  learning  education  NewScientist 
february 2012 by pierredv
Learning without remembering: Brain lab goes to school - science-in-society - 27 January 2012 - New Scientist
"perceptual learning" review of work byy Philip Kellman and Joe Wise "There's nothing to forget because there's nothing to remember" - 18 year old Wynn Haimer, student at New Roads School in Santa Monica, about "perceptual learning" method
education  learning  NewScientist  quotations 
february 2012 by pierredv
Liberate liberal arts from the myth of irrelevance -
"Today’s employers want workers who are thinkers. To meet the demands of the 21st century student and economy, a new model of liberal arts is emerging – one tied to hands-on experience" ". . .the vast majority of employers say they are less interested in specialized job proficiencies. Instead, they favor analytical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills – the broad intellectual and social competencies available through a liberal arts education."
education  USA  csmonitor  opinion 
september 2011 by pierredv
The decline of marriage: For richer, for smarter | The Economist Jun 2011
"childless households and single-person households are growing faster than those comprised of married people with children... The latter accounted for 43% of households in 1950; they now account for just 20%."
Class dimension: "There barely was a marriage gap in 1960: only four percentage points separated the wedded ways of college and high-school graduates (76% versus 72%). The gap has since widened to 16 percentage points, according to the Pew Research Centre. A Census Bureau analysis released this spring found that brides are significantly more likely to have a college degree than they were in the mid-1990s."
"Only 6% of children born to college-educated mothers were born outside marriage, according to the National Marriage Project. That compares with 44% of babies born to mothers whose education ended with high school."
marriage  class  education  factoids 
july 2011 by pierredv
US losing its technological edge? No! -
Strp: "There's plenty of room for improvement. But contrary to the rhetoric, the US has plenty of technical workers and American students have not slipped in science, math over the past 15 years, studies show."
csmonitor  us  education  STEM 
june 2011 by pierredv
Kids with low self-control are less successful adults - health - 26 January 2011 - New Scientist
"Children who lack self-control are more likely to become adults with poor health and finances." Research by Avshalom Caspi at Duke University in North Carolina, Terrie Moffitt at King's College London and colleagues, who followed the progress of 1000 children born between 1972 and 1973 in New Zealand.
NewScientist  education  cognition  behavior  poverty  health  development  self-control 
march 2011 by pierredv
Philosophers Zone - 29 January 2011 - The Philosophical Baby - Alison Gopnik
"babies are like the research and development division of the human species and we're production and marketing" "One of the things I say in California for example, is we put tremendous amounts of public money into educating people between the ages of 18 and 24 and I'm glad we do, because it pays my salary, but we don't put anything like that investment into educating people between the ages of 0 and 5, and we know that that's the time when really the most dramatic learning is actually happening and taking place."
philosophy  philosopherszone  childhood  education 
february 2011 by pierredv
Big Data, Lean Startup: Data Science on a Shoestring: Strata 2011 - O'Reilly Conferences, February 01 - 03, 2011, Santa Clara, CA
"So, how do you build a crack team of data scientists and engineers on a shoestring budget? At Infochimps, we’ve been able to craft a team of data scientists by drawing upon smart, enthusiastic hires from our nearby university in untraditional areas such as non-linear dynamics and statistical physics, and equipping them with the process and tools that accelerate their transformation into bona fide data scientists."
education  datascience  conference 
february 2011 by pierredv
South African schools: E for education | The Economist
"In 2009 just over half of black matric candidates passed, compared with 99% of whites, 92% of Indians and 76% of coloureds (people of mixed race). Though blacks now account for nearly half of all university students (and 80% of the whole population), less than one in 20 of the relevant black age group, still facing harsh economic and social disadvantages, ends up with a degree, compared with almost half of all whites."
education  factoids  TheEconomist  South-Africa 
february 2011 by pierredv
(120 MB MP4) Will China and India Dominate the 21st Century Global Economy - Lee Branstetter
A lecture on globalization: why China/India will overtake US economy, and why it'll be good for the ordinary citizenry, though maybe not the elites, argued on the basis of theory of diminishing returns, and by comparison to US overtaking UK in early 20th C
x:teachingcompany  economics  globalization  china  india  education  video 
january 2011 by pierredv
Attracting and retaining top talent in US teaching - McKinsey Quarterly - Public Sector - Education
"Finland, Singapore, and South Korea. These countries recruit 100 percent of their teacher corps from the top third of the academic cohort" - US only 23%
education  x:mckinsey 
december 2010 by pierredv
BBC News - UK school enlists Indian maths tutors online
"The pupils have been using an online one-to-one tutoring scheme - organised by a British entrepreneur - which links them to tutors more than 4,000 miles away in the city of Ludhiana in India."
x:bbc  outsourcing  education 
october 2010 by pierredv
Education secretary Arne Duncan: headmaster of US school reform -
"As students head back to school, educators nationwide are implementing controversial school reform wrought by Arne Duncan. Pushing competitive market approaches and armed with unprecedented funding and support from the president, he is possibly the most powerful education secretary ever. "
csmonitor  education  us  people  profile 
august 2010 by pierredv
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