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Teachers Should Address Controversial Issues in the Classroom - The Atlantic
book excerpt that discusses the ways high school social studies teachers have wrestled with controversy in their classes.
teaching  teaching-moment  controversy  high-school  pedagogy  history 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Popularity Sucks: Kids Should Embrace Their Inner Loser, Author Says | Quirk Theory
"LS: What's the difference between these two types of popularity?

AR: One type is "perceived popularity," which is who kids think is popular, and the other is "sociometric popularity," which is who the kids actually like. In today's schools, to be popular does not mean to be liked.

The in-crowd at most schools often falls into the "perceived popular" category. It turns out that students in this group are more likely to engage in risky behavior. They are often less likely to do well in school. They are more likely to conform, because they're more likely to feel pressure from their group to conform. Perceived popular students are much more likely to be involved in aggression, including relational aggression, which includes things like rumor-spreading, whispering, and eye-rolling. [The History of Human Aggression]

It's a very Machiavellian atmosphere to try to obtain and then retain popularity in schools today. What I'm saying is, it is not worth it. "
interview  book  author  popular  sociology  high-school  teenager  cliques  success  quirkiness 
may 2011 by tsuomela
David Bressoud's Launchings
"One point of agreement between us is that a singular view of high school mathematics as preparation for calculus has created serious problems. This is particularly damaging when combined with the belief that, if at all possible, students must get through calculus while still in high school, and if they cannot get through it, then, at the least, they have to learn its tricks before they get to college. "
mathematics  education  curriculum  algebra  calculus  STEM  high-school  college 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Endless Algebra—the Deadly Pathway from High School Mathematics to College Mathematics
"I constantly ask myself two questions: (1) Are we really offering our secondary students an appropriate mathematics experience? (2) What can we do to provide students with relevant, coherent mathematical options on the pathway throughout high school and as they move into college? Or to put it another way: (1) Is the “layer cake” of algebra-dominated mathematics that pervades our U.S. secondary schools still relevant? (2) Is calculus the be-all and end-all goal for the preparation of students for a successful transition to college? My answer is, I think not."
mathematics  education  curriculum  algebra  calculus  STEM  high-school  college 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Penn State Live - High school biology teachers reluctant to endorse evolution in class
"The majority of public high school biology teachers are not strong classroom advocates of evolutionary biology, despite 40 years of court cases that have ruled teaching creationism or intelligent design violates the Constitution, according to Penn State political scientists."
education  evolution  creationism  intelligent-design  high-school  biology 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Falling in love with a life of adventure when the grown-ups want you to go into accounting
The problem these articles are identifying is this:  What are our kids doing instead of doing what we want them to be doing at the moment?

The problem with the problem, though, is that what we want them to be doing is preparing to be forty-five years old.

The kids are all right and they’re no fools.  They know what we want them to do and they don’t like it much.

The real problem is that there is no alternative for them between preparing to be forty-five and sitting around bored to tears all day.

So they compromise.  That is, they offer a teenager’s version of compromise, which is to put off doing what the adults want them to do by promising to do it later.  Then they sit around bored to tears, looking for ways to distract themselves from their boredom.
education  technology  children  teenager  moral-panic  technology-effects  pedagogy  high-school  adolescence  creativity 
november 2010 by tsuomela

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