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Bret Easton Ellis on Living in the Cult of Likability - The New York Times
"On a recent episode of the television series “South Park,” the character Cartman and other townspeople who are enthralled with Yelp, the app that lets customers rate and review restaurants, remind maître d’s and waiters that they will be posting reviews of their meals. These “Yelpers” threaten to give the eateries only one star out of five if they don’t please them and do exactly as they say. The restaurants feel that they have no choice but to comply with the Yelpers, who take advantage of their power by asking for free dishes and making suggestions on improving the lighting. The restaurant employees tolerate all this with increasing frustration and anger — at one point Yelp reviewers are even compared to the Islamic State group — before both parties finally arrive at a truce. Yet unknown to the Yelpers, the restaurants decide to get their revenge by contaminating the Yelpers’ plates with every bodily fluid imaginable.

The point of the episode is that today everyone thinks that they’re a professional critic (“Everyone relies on my Yelp reviews!”), even if they have no idea what they’re talking about. But it’s also a bleak commentary on what has become known as the “reputation economy.” In depicting the restaurants’ getting their revenge on the Yelpers, the episode touches on the fact that services today are also rating us, which raises a question: How will we deal with the way we present ourselves online and in social media, and how do individuals brand themselves in what is a widening corporate culture?

The idea that everybody thinks they’re specialists with voices that deserve to be heard has actually made everyone’s voice less meaningful. All we’re doing is setting ourselves up to be sold to — to be branded, targeted and data-mined. But this is the logical endgame of the democratization of culture and the dreaded cult of inclusivity, which insists that all of us must exist under the same umbrella of corporate regulation — a mandate that dictates how we should express ourselves and behave.

Most people of a certain age probably noticed this when they joined their first corporation, Facebook, which has its own rules regarding expressions of opinion and sexuality. Facebook encouraged users to “like” things, and because it was a platform where many people branded themselves on the social Web for the first time, the impulse was to follow the Facebook dictum and present an idealized portrait of their lives — a nicer, friendlier, duller self. And it was this burgeoning of the likability cult and the dreaded notion of “relatability” that ultimately reduced everyone to a kind of neutered clockwork orange, enslaved to the corporate status quo. To be accepted we have to follow an upbeat morality code where everything must be liked and everybody’s voice respected, and any person who has a negative opinion — a dislike — will be shut out of the conversation. Anyone who resists such groupthink is ruthlessly shamed. Absurd doses of invective are hurled at the supposed troll to the point that the original “offense” often seems negligible by comparison.

I’ve been rated and reviewed since I became a published author at the age of 21, so this environment only seems natural to me. A reputation emerged based on how many reviewers liked or didn’t like my book. That’s the way it goes — cool, I guess. I was liked as often as I was disliked, and that was OK because I didn’t get emotionally involved. Being reviewed negatively never changed the way I wrote or the topics I wanted to explore, no matter how offended some readers were by my descriptions of violence and sexuality. As a member of Generation X, rejecting, or more likely ignoring, the status quo came easily to me. One of my generation’s loudest anthems was Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” whose chorus rang out: “I don’t give a damn about my reputation/ I’ve never been afraid of any deviation.” I was a target of corporate-think myself when the company that owned my publishing house decided it didn’t like the contents of a particular novel I had been contracted to write and refused to publish it on the grounds of “taste.” (I could have sued but another publisher who liked the book published it instead.) It was a scary moment for the arts — a conglomerate was deciding what should and should not be published and there were loud arguments and protests on both sides of the divide. But this was what the culture was about: People could have differing opinions and discuss them rationally. You could disagree and this was considered not only the norm but interesting as well. It was a debate. This was a time when you could be opinionated — and, yes, a questioning, reasonable critic — and not be considered a troll.

Now all of us are used to rating movies, restaurants, books, even doctors, and we give out mostly positive reviews because, really, who wants to look like a hater? But increasingly, services are also rating us. Companies in the sharing economy, like Uber and Airbnb, rate their customers and shun those who don’t make the grade. Opinions and criticisms flow in both directions, causing many people to worry about how they’re measuring up. Will the reputation economy put an end to the culture of shaming or will the bland corporate culture of protecting yourself by “liking” everything — of being falsely polite just to be accepted by the herd — grow stronger than ever? Giving more positive reviews to get one back? Instead of embracing the true contradictory nature of human beings, with all of their biases and imperfections, we continue to transform ourselves into virtuous robots. This in turn has led to the awful idea — and booming business — of reputation management, where a firm is hired to help shape a more likable, relatable You. Reputation management is about gaming the system. It’s a form of deception, an attempt to erase subjectivity and evaluation through intuition, for a price.

Ultimately, the reputation economy is about making money. It urges us to conform to the blandness of corporate culture and makes us react defensively by varnishing our imperfect self so we can sell and be sold things. Who wants to share a ride or a house or a doctor with someone who doesn’t have a good online reputation? The reputation economy depends on everyone maintaining a reverentially conservative, imminently practical attitude: Keep your mouth shut and your skirt long, be modest and don’t have an opinion. The reputation economy is yet another example of the blanding of culture, and yet the enforcing of groupthink has only increased anxiety and paranoia, because the people who embrace the reputation economy are, of course, the most scared. What happens if they lose what has become their most valuable asset? The embrace of the reputation economy is an ominous reminder of how economically desperate people are and that the only tools they have to raise themselves up the economic ladder are their sparklingly upbeat reputations — which only adds to their ceaseless worry over their need to be liked.

Empowerment doesn’t come from liking this or that thing, but from being true to our messy contradictory selves. There are limits to showcasing our most flattering assets because no matter how genuine and authentic we think we are, we’re still just manufacturing a construct, no matter how accurate it may be. What is being erased in the reputation economy are the contradictions inherent in all of us. Those of us who reveal flaws and inconsistencies become terrifying to others, the ones to avoid. An “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”-like world of conformity and censorship emerges, erasing the opinionated and the contrarian, corralling people into an ideal. Forget the negative or the difficult. Who wants solely that? But what if the negative and the difficult were attached to the genuinely interesting, the compelling, the unusual? That’s the real crime being perpetrated by the reputation culture: stamping out passion; stamping out the individual."
socialmedia  facebook  culture  2015  likeability  presentationofself  breteastonellis  online  internet  conservatism  via:rushtheiceberg  uber  relatability  genx  generationx  ratings  criticism  critics  yelp  society  authenticity  liking  likes  reputation  data  biases  imperfections  subjectivity  virtue  anxiety  sharingeconomy  paranoia  blandness  invention  risktaking  conformity  censorship  groupthink 
december 2015 by robertogreco
The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius on Vimeo
"All of history’s biggest achievers found success in exactly the same way, and it’s the complete opposite to how we think today. This video essay reveals the hidden secret to creativity through the life story of Leonardo da Vinci."

[Part 2: https://vimeo.com/87448006 ]

"This missing chapter in the story of success reveals the secret to doing meaningful work. But in the modern world, full of distraction, do we have what it takes to do great things?

The second in a two-part series about creativity."

[See also: http://delve.tv/the-long-game-part-one/ ]
latebloomers  persistence  via:rushtheiceberg  2014  history  youth  age  practice  success  leonardodavinci  slow  longterm  accretion 
may 2014 by robertogreco
Interviewly - Interviews with interesting people
"Interviews with interesting people, pulled from Reddit, organized, and made prettier."
reddit  interviews  via:rushtheiceberg  ama 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Personal Learning and Creation Time in Middle School
"Children are often unfamiliar with the concept of selecting and pursuing a topic or project of their choice that has very few rules or bounds associated with it. As a result, they are often at a loss as to how to proceed. They can have difficulty with the concept of doing something at school that is not for a "grade."

This Instructable provides a framework for implementing personal learning and project time in a middle school setting, although it could easily be adapted for use at any grade level.

By participating in personal learning and creation time, learners will gain first hand knowledge and experience in bringing an original idea from concept to final product, which will serve them well for the rest of their lives."
google20%  via:rushtheiceberg  openstudio  tcsnmy  cv  howwelearn  learning  unstucturedtime  plp  grades  grading  freedom  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  2012 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Rands In Repose: A Bag of Holding
"When I stand up to go somewhere, the routine is precise. Right pocket, wallet. Left pocket, iPhone. Keys in hand, grab my bag and go. It’s this sort of workflow precision that allows me to stay cool when the unexpected occurs. My inner dialog during the situation is, Well, see, I’ve got my shit together, so even though this unpredictable thing is going down, I’m doing my part to support predictability.

Whether it’s a wallet or a bag, its design needs to encourage and support my irrational worldview that with the proper level of organization those disasters, large and small, are all manageable."
preparedness  tombihn  packing  howto  via:rushtheiceberg  organization  wallets  backpacks  cv  travel  bags 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Somersaultr - This is a series of maps charting the shrinkage of...
"…series of maps charting the shrinkage of Native American lands over time, from 1784 to the present day…visualizing the sheer scale of the land loss…based on a collection of maps by Sam B. Hilliard of Louisiana State University.  You can see the original map here.

For those who do prefer dealing in numbers, here are some:

By 1881, Indian landholdings in the United States had plummeted to 156 million acres. By 1934, only about 50 million acres remained (an area the size of Idaho and Washington) as a result of the General Allotment Act* of 1887. During World War II, the government took 500,000 more acres for military use. Over one hundred tribes, bands, and Rancherias relinquished their lands under various acts of Congress during the termination era of the 1950s.

By 1955, the indigenous land base had shrunk to just 2.3 percent of its original size.

—In the Courts of the Conqueror by Walter Echo-Hawk

* The General Allotment Act is also known as the Dawes Act."
via:rushtheiceberg  nativeamericans  us  land  history  maps  mapping  classideas  colonialism  indigenous  landcessions  generalallotmentact  dawesact 
november 2011 by robertogreco
allen.sw.huang — Steve Jobs & Taking The Long Road
"Jobs (and by extension, Apple) has taught me (and I am sure others) a big lesson: If you want to change something, you have to be patient and take the long view. If Apple and Steve’s incredible comeback teaches us something, it’s that when you are right and the world doesn’t see it that way, you just have to be patient and wait for the world to change its mind.

Today, we are living in a world that’s about taking short-term decisions: CEOs who pray to at the altar of the devil called quarterly earnings, companies that react to rivals, politicians who are only worried about the coming election cycle and leaders who are in for the near-term gain.

And then there are Steve and Apple: a leader and a company not afraid to take the long view, patiently building the way to the future envisioned for the company. Not afraid to invent the future and to be wrong. And almost always willing to do one small thing — cannibalize itself."
ommalik  2011  stevejobs  longterm  apple  business  risk  purpose  design  making  doing  self-cannibalization  shortterm  near-term  longview  vision  mistakes  patience  lcproject  tcsnmy  persistence  gamechanging  via:rushtheiceberg 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Michelle Rhee eager for spotlight, but not in cheating scandal
"Always, she preens for the cameras. Early in her chancellorship, she was trailed for a story by the education correspondent of “PBS NewsHour,” John Merrow.<br />
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At one point, Ms. Rhee asked if his crew wanted to watch her fire a principal. “We were totally stunned,” Mr. Merrow said.<br />
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She let them set up the camera behind the principal and videotape the entire firing. “The principal seemed dazed,” said Mr. Merrow. “I’ve been reporting 35 years and never seen anything like it.”"<br />
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[An action like this is reason alone to ignore Rhee's opinion about how schools can be improved. Anyone who treats people in this way, should have nothing to do with education, what should be one of the most humane of all societal endeavors.]
via:rushtheiceberg  education  michellerhee  behavior  cruelty  edreform  reform  policy  politics  2011 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Gourmet Food Articles, Stories & Artisan Food Recipes at Gilt Taste
"Gilt Taste is an online market giving you direct access to artisan products and ingredients, many of which have only been available to professional chefs until now.   Here you can connect with the farmers and artisans who make and grow the products, discover where food comes from, learn how to prepare it for the best results and buy it with a single click. Gilt Taste is also an interactive magazine. We’re creating original recipes and thoughtful stories with writers including Ruth Reichl, Francis Lam, Melissa Clark and Barry Estabrook.  There are unique contributions from chefs, photographers, filmmakers and tastemakers. We aim to de-mystify ingredients and food trends, and inspire you with the confidence to discover, shop, cook and taste."
food  stories  via:rushtheiceberg 
august 2011 by robertogreco
What is Your Kryptonite? - Tech4Teachers
"Every superhero has a weakness. For Superman, it’s Kryptonite…As a teacher & tech leader, what is your Kryptonite? Perhaps it’s one of these…

1. Internet Filters…

2. Consistency & Fairness – Ever been told that your class can’t do something unless all the other classes decide to do it too? How often do we sacrifice creativity & innovation for the sake of consistency?

Superheros are sometimes required to go solo, moving forward where others fear to tread. Lead by example…

3. The “Almighty” Inflexible Schedule – Does your education dictate your schedule, or does your schedule dictate the education?…

4. Lack of Administrative Support – Do you live in constant fear of trying something new or innovative with your students because you know that if it doesn’t work or if someone complains that you’ll be left “hanging out to dry” by your principal or administrator?

Superheros must sometimes work outside the law to do what is right.

5. Fear of Failure…"
education  inmyexperience  teaching  tcsnmy  schools  learning  technology  failure  fear  administration  management  schedules  scheduling  inflexibility  filters  consistency  fairness  beenthere  via:rushtheiceberg 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Weekend At Kermie's: The Muppets' Strange Life After Death | The Awl
"A character without specificity is not one."

"To demonize is to become the demon."

"When I say that the Muppets’ art direction is makeshift, I don’t mean that it’s shoddy. But it celebrates human limitation. As we watch one of these movies, we never lose our awareness that these scenes were made by men and women. Craftmanship, the game of how good any one artist can be, is presented—not hidden—and as such it can inspire others."

"What matters in the Muppet universe isn’t perfection, but expression. Dancing across the screen, they embody the philosophy that it is not what you look like that matters, but what you do."
art  creativity  film  copyright  muppets  puppets  perfection  human  humanism  specificity  makeshift  making  craft  limitations  constraints  via:rushtheiceberg  doing  meaning  purpose  glvo  jasonsegel  jimhenson  remix  remixing  remixculture  craftsmanship 
july 2011 by robertogreco
In The Center of My Classroom | The Line
"At the center of my classroom
sits a question.
I have learned
that if I do
everything
in my power
to invite, protect, and nourish
the question,
then I am teaching well.

~~~

The question
belongs to the kids.
They bring plenty, after all:
in their pockets,
in the upturned soft cotton bowls
of their caps.
Sometimes they loudly announce
their possession of the question.
Other questions
are hidden in the corner of their pencil cases,
or buried deep in purses
under lipsticks and cell phones,
and we have to
dig
for them
together."

[continues]
education  teaching  questions  questioning  inquiry  inquiry-basedlearning  pedagogy  via:rushtheiceberg  learning 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Bring chaos theory to English language teaching | Education | Guardian Weekly
"By relying on grammar rules in class, learners are in danger of becoming detached from the dynamism of spoken language"
language  english  grammar  teaching  writing  classideas  deschooling  unschooling  languagearts  via:rushtheiceberg  rules  rulebreaking  slang  change  dynamic 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Teacher's Assessment. Or the Inevitable Arrogance. - ateacherswonderings's posterous
"I admit. I am not a good teacher blogger. I prefer writing poems and watching beautiful things."
via:rushtheiceberg  teaching  poetry  beauty  assessment 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Flavorwire » In Praise of “Boring” Films
"“Long movies,” Dargis writes, “take time away even as they restore a sense of duration, of time and life passing, that most movies try to obscure through continuity editing. Faced with duration not distraction, your mind may wander, but there’s no need for panic: it will come back. In wandering there can be revelation as you meditate, trance out, bliss out, luxuriate in your thoughts, think.”"
boredom  boring  boringness  film  via:rushtheiceberg  towatch  lists  slow  distraction  wanderingmind 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Instacast for iPhone - Enjoy your Podcasts - Vemedio
"Instant access to podcast subscriptions, stream or download episodes wirelessly, follow show notes and enjoy audio and video podcasts on-the-go."
podcasts  iphone  ios  applications  instacast  via:rushtheiceberg 
may 2011 by robertogreco
MARGINALIA – BILLY COLLINS « BOOKER ENGLISH
"Sometimes the notes are ferocious,
skirmishes against the author
raging along the borders of every page
in tiny black script.
If I could just get my hands on you,
Kierkegaard, or Conor Cruise O’Brien,
they seem to say,
I would bolt the door and beat some logic into your head.

Other comments are more offhand, dismissive -“Nonsense.” “Please!” “HA!!” -that kind of thing.I remember once looking up from my reading,my thumb as a bookmark,trying to imagine what the person must look likewhy wrote “Don’t be a ninny”alongside a paragraph in The Life of Emily Dickinson…"
billycollins  poetry  marginalia  teaching  annotation  via:rushtheiceberg  literature 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Paper Tigers ["What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?"]
"The failure of Asian-Americans to become leaders in the white-collar workplace does not qualify as one of the burning social issues of our time. But it is a part of the bitter undercurrent of Asian-American life that so many Asian graduates of elite universities find that meritocracy as they have understood it comes to an abrupt end after graduation. If between 15 and 20 percent of every Ivy League class is Asian, and if the Ivy Leagues are incubators for the country’s leaders, it would stand to reason that Asians would make up some corresponding portion of the leadership class."
race  us  2011  elitism  meritocracy  testing  testtaking  bambooceiling  education  leadership  asians  asian-americans  via:rushtheiceberg  wesleyyang 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Alt Press | Contributors | Empathy Orgy
"I feel like I'm trying to become the face of altruism or something. Do you ever feel that way? Crushed, helpless and impotent in the face of an event? Here is where I think empathy actually starts to become problematic: When your connection to other people goes beyond compassion and into a kind of nervous collapse. When I was younger—say high school-age—I had this happen to me constantly. Any horrible thing that happened anywhere in the world would make me feel like I shouldn't be allowed to have happiness on that day.

More than anything, I fear that most people in the world are losing the empathic trait and becoming more cutthroat, more self-interrested and more focused on the bottom line—socially acceptable psychopaths set loose to run the world…"
empathy  empathydeficit  agency  action  geoffrickly  2011  via:rushtheiceberg 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish: Search results for gray
"One common approach, reflected in all three of the books mentioned, is to ask open-ended questions when trying to elicit engagement. Ellen Langer demonstrated with her research that directing people to "notice more" when examining something they weren't previously interested in actually got them to take more time, notice more detail and actually report a higher level of positive experience in learning the new information or skill. Todd Kashdan gives many examples where being an open and "curious explorer" helps people combat the anxiety that often holds them back from attaining their goals and achieving meaningful lives. Barbara Fredrickson talks about the power of positive emotions and how being interested in exploring or even amused by something actually broadens your ability to think more creatively and flexibly."
reflection  via:rushtheiceberg  noticing  socraticmethod  teaching  learning  thinking  thisandthat  ambiguity  gray  understanding  creativity  flexibility  books  rightandwrong  criticalthinking  unschooling  deschooling 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Spencer's Scratch Pad: 10 Ways to Help Students Ask Better Questions
"However, the deeper questions didn't happen in a vacuum. Students have spent hours learning the art of questioning. Here are ten things I've done in class to encourage students to ask better questions:"
questions  questioning  pedagogy  teaching  learning  curiosity  2011  johnspencer  via:rushtheiceberg  socraticmethod  inquiry  criticalthinking  classideas 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Some Kind of Awesome - Home - [Watch] Beastie Boys - "Fight For Your Right - Revisited" Trailer
"Above is the trailer for the upcoming 30 minute Beastie Boys video for "Fight For Your Right - Revisited" featuring a star cast including (but not limited to): Jack Black, Will Arnet, Will Farrell, Elijah Wood, Susan Saranden, Harvey Keitel and a handful more. The video will also include "Make Some Noise", so I guess technically this is the video for that as well?"
via:rushtheiceberg  beastieboys  2011  video  music  humor  willferrell  jackblack  elijahwood  susansarandon  harveykeitel  future  time  timetravel  willarnet 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Instagram: Roundup of the Latest Innovations | 4mula design
"Instagram’s popularity is growing at a rapid rate. Now that the Instagram API is on the loose, there are some exciting new ways you can interact with the service.

If you’re not sure what Instagram is, have a look at this post about iPhone camera apps. The Instagram community is expanding fast. There is even talk of it potentially becoming a future successor to the massive photo sharing giant Flickr.

Although still in it’s infancy, there are already some sparks of genius surrounding this fresh photo sharing community. This post explores a variety of these innovative applications and products, which have been produced by various independent third-parties."
instagram  photography  api  social  via:rushtheiceberg 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Education Week: The Skills Connection Between the Arts and 21st-Century Learning
"Students have to acquire so-called “habits of mind” that will enable them to develop the skills of creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. In addition, they must be able to communicate effectively, collaborate with people different from themselves, exercise initiative, and be self-directed…<br />
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The primary purpose of education is to enable students to make a living as adults [I disagree.]; without this capability, everything else falls away. Yet we still teach within a basic framework established in the 19th century. In today’s education environment, we seem to be slipping back from the future into the 19th century’s contextual emphasis on reading, writing, and math…<br />
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Consider the list of skills cited in the first paragraph. Aren’t these 21st-century skills, in reality, arts skills?"
art  glvo  education  unschooling  bookquotes  glvobook  lcproject  deschooling  arts  learning  habitsofmind  teaching  schools  artasvehicleforeverythingelse  via:rushtheiceberg  well-being 
february 2011 by robertogreco
The Time Hack — Day 11: Watch paint dry
"But researchers argue that boredom, or taking breaks from the chaos of daily life, may actually be beneficial for you.

With the use of brain imaging technology, neuroscientists have found that our brains may be highly active when in a state of rest, or when you are “bored”. In fact, the brain only uses 5% less energy in its resting state, compared to moments when a person is actively engaged in an activity.

Additionally, psychologists argue the slight change in brain activity could have a dramatically positive influence on an individual’s perception of time. Like when you are asleep, time seems to slip by just a bit faster when you’re bored – making constructive, active moments in your day seem that much more dynamic and memorable."
boredom  psychology  brain  time  perception  neuroscience  via:rushtheiceberg 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Toward a New Kind of Education | TightWind
"We need schools that, from the very beginning, encourage students to find something that they really love and allow them to run with it. It doesn’t particularly matter what it is that they’re obsessed with; merely having something that you’re obsessed with changes how people think. When you’re obsessed with something, and you have the tools to pursue it, you begin to own what you are doing and your education. You learn how to teach yourself, to proactively go out and learn.

That’s a very different approach. You’re taking responsibility for yourself, what you know and what you are doing with it. Learning is no longer the teacher’s job—it’s yours, and they’re just a resource. This breeds a different way of approaching work, too. Work isn’t just something for earning a paycheck, but something you own and that you can use to fulfill your goals…"
passion  chancenblick  education  via:rushtheiceberg  unschooling  deschooling  learning  lcproject  tcsnmy  schools  schooling  teaching  cv  lifelonglearning  interested  obsessions  interestedness 
january 2011 by robertogreco
The Innovative Educator: 20 Characteristics I’ve Discovered about Unschoolers and Why Innovative Educators Should Care
"They are driven by passion…have a love of learning…want you to know school isn’t best place to learn lessons on socialization…are happy…have interesting careers they enjoy…are artistic…creative…have a concern for environment…consider learning in the world far more authentic & valuable then learning in school world…deeply consider whether college is right choice for them rather than it being a given…have no problem getting in to college…appreciate some aspects of formalized schooling in college if they’ve decided to attend…advocate for themselves & their right to meaningful curriculum in college…don’t believe they are an exception because they are especially self motivated, driven, or smart…shrug off the criticism that they won’t be able to function in the real world…don’t expect learning to come just from a parent, adult, authority or teacher…are often defending the fact that they were unschooled…are adventurous…are grateful they were unschooled"
unschooling  education  schooling  learning  homeschool  glvo  via:rushtheiceberg  teaching  tcsnmy  lcproject  srg  edg  adults  colleges  universities  creativity  adventure  exploration  lifelonglearning  comments  anseladams  dorislessing  dropouts  richardbranson  deschooling  lisanielsen 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Thoughts on Google’s 20% time « Scott Berkun
Google’s 20% time is more of an attitude and culture than a rule…It’s worth noting that people at Google work very hard on their 80% time. It’s not as if every Friday is 20% day and work shuts down on all existing projects so people can do their 20% things…The 20% time concept isn’t new. 3M developed a 15% time rule in the 1950s with the same exact intentions and basic philosophy. Masking tape and Post-it notes are two notable products that were concieved and developed by individual engineers working without formal budgets, plans or management support…the Google founders mention at their talk at TED that Montessori school philosophy influenced their ideas on 20% time…Google’s culture has a resistance, or even distrust, of hierarchy – they often use voting, peer review, and debate to make decisions or decide which new projects and features to add."
google  innovation  management  productivity  culture  google20%  tcsnmy  openstudio  lcproject  freedom  autonomy  authority  montessori  3m  work  philosophy  creativity  unschooling  unstructuredtime  via:rushtheiceberg 
january 2011 by robertogreco
What Math?
"Mathematics is not about answers, it's about processes. Let me give a series of parables to try to get to the root of the misconceptions and to try to illuminate what mathematics IS all about. None of these analogies is perfect, but all provide insight."
math  education  mathematics  science  learning  understanding  cargocult  teaching  tcsnmy  unschooling  deschooling  training  pedagogy  via:rushtheiceberg 
december 2010 by robertogreco
YouTube - The KidDictionary V2 :More Words Parents Need To Describe Their Kids -- www.TheKidDictionary.com
"If youre a parent or a teacher or someone whos ever around kids or someone who used to be a kid, then youre likely well aware that a kids primary mission is to complicate the lives of grownups. One way they achieve this mission is to exhibit traits and behaviors that there are no words to describe. The KidDictionary seeks to supplement your vocabulary with brand new humorous words to help you describe your humorous kids. Watch the video looking inside The KidDictionary and youre on your way to being better able to talk about your children. Talking TO your children remains a challenge were yet to figure out. Enjoy!"
neologisms  parenting  humor  words  dictionary  classideas  via:rushtheiceberg  dictionaries 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Write More - Grade Less
"There is a better way. The key is to teach the basic aspects of writing and the criteria in our scoring guides carefully, explicitly and frequently, making sure that students write a sufficient number of both short and long papers. It is critical that in the course of instruction we provide student and professional exemplars—so that students can learn to peer-edit and self-evaluate their work at each stage, before submitting it to the teacher." [Specific recommendations follow.]
teaching  writing  via:rushtheiceberg  tcsnmy  classideas  editing  peerreview  grammar  voice  thesisstatements 
december 2010 by robertogreco

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