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Amazon Kindle: William Farren shared from Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
"I have a couple of concerns about our school system: 1) The current system is founded on a series of expectations that certain learning goals should be achieved by a certain age. Yet there is no reason to suspect that the brain pays attention to those expectations. Students of the same age show a great deal of intellectual variability. 2) These differences can profoundly influence classroom performance. This has been tested. For example, about io percent of students do..."
johnmedina  education  learning  schools  curriculum  benchmarks  tcsnmy  teaching  pedagogy  development  intellect  variation  variability  schooling  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject 
july 2010 by robertogreco
BBC News - World News America - Why do Finland's schools get the best results?
"philosophy w/ ed = everyone has something to contribute & those who struggle in certain subjects should not be left behind...''system supports pupils who have learning difficulties but have to pay more attention also to pupils who are very talented.''...children spend fewest # of hours in classroom in developed world...Primary & secondary schooling combined...don't change schools at age 13...avoid potentially disruptive transition...Children start main school at age 7...before they learn best when playing & get to school keen to start learning. Finnish parents...culture of reading w/ kids at home...regular contact w/ teachers. Teaching is prestigious career...ed system's success...part cultural. Pupils study in relaxed & informal atmosphere...low levels of immigration...majority have Finnish as native language, eliminating obstacle other societies often face...system's success is built on idea of less can be more...emphasis on relaxed schools, free from political prescriptions."
finland  education  benchmarks  schools  learning  reading  teaching  policy  play  tcsnmy 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: You Don't Have to Wonder
"If you start by defining the product/output of the system as either someone prepared for more education, or ready to be trained as an electrician or nurse, then art and literature are pretty much irrelevant, except for training people to produce the expected written academic analyses, and it isn't clear you should even require that, since not only does the electrician not need to do it, I'd argue that people need it less in college than you think (e.g., I studied English at three of the top universities in the world, and I can't recall needing "...knowledge of 18th and 19th century foundational works of American literature," I still lack that, and I don't seem to need it yet)."
education  standards  benchmarks  english  literature  nextstep  academics  tcsnmy  arts  art  writing  us  policy  arneduncan  treadmilleducation  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  foundations  backwards 
june 2009 by robertogreco

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