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Someone Has to Fail — David F. Labaree | Harvard University Press
"What do we really want from schools? Only everything, in all its contradictions. Most of all, we want access and opportunity for all children—but all possible advantages for our own. So argues historian David Labaree in this provocative look at the way “this archetype of dysfunction works so well at what we want it to do even as it evades what we explicitly ask it to do.” Ever since the common school movement of the nineteenth century, mass schooling has been seen as an essential solution to great social problems. Yet as wave after wave of reform movements have shown, schools are extremely difficult to change. Labaree shows how the very organization of the locally controlled, administratively limited school system makes reform difficult. At the same time, he argues, the choices of educational consumers have always overwhelmed top-down efforts at school reform. Individual families seek to use schools for their own purposes—to pursue social opportunity, if they need it, and to preserve social advantage, if they have it. In principle, we want the best for all children. In practice, we want the best for our own. Provocative, unflinching, wry, Someone Has to Fail looks at the way that unintended consequences of consumer choices have created an extraordinarily resilient educational system, perpetually expanding, perpetually unequal, constantly being reformed, and never changing much."
book  publisher  school  education  purpose  policy  politics 
october 2015 by tsuomela
AISL — Association of Independent School Librarians
"The Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) was formed in 1987 to address the particular issues and needs of librarians in independent schools.  The founders envisioned an apolitical and affordable association – complementary to other library associations – that would provide a means of exchanging information, ideas and best practices among a network of independent school librarians.  Membership in AISL currently numbers approximately 350 librarians from across the U.S. and Canada."
professional-association  libraries  school  education 
august 2014 by tsuomela
The School of Life - Good Ideas for Everyday Life
"The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life. We offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well. "
education  philosophy  life  learning  culture  school 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Engaging the Controversy in Science Education | NCSE
"The cultural controversy over the science curriculum is not really about evolution, but rather is a debate about what knowledge is and who decides."
creationism  evolution  education  teaching  school  american-studies  controversy  science 
february 2013 by tsuomela
In praise of strategic complacency : home cooked theory
"Mentoring in the professional neoliberal workplace of is one of those classic words that can be used to invoke or simulate institutional benevolence when there is actually a waning of reciprocity in the employment relation. "
work  advice  school  phd  graduate-school  academia  mentor  jobs 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Why I Feel Bad for the Pepper-Spraying Policeman, Lt. John Pike - Alexis Madrigal - National - The Atlantic
Structures, in the sociological sense, constrain human agency. And for that reason, I see John Pike as a casualty of the system, too. Our police forces have enshrined a paradigm of protest policing that turns local cops into paramilitary forces. Let's not pretend that Pike is an independent bad actor. Too many incidents around the country attest to the widespread deployment of these tactics. If we vilify Pike, we let the institutions off way too easy.
wall-street  protests  activism  police  training  repression  college  university  school  school(UCDavis) 
november 2011 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » On Becoming a Math Whiz: My Advice to a New MIT Student
"But this isn’t about natural aptitude, it’s about practice. That other student has more practice. You can catch-up, but you have to put in the hours, which brings me back to my original advice: keep working even after you get stuck.

That’s where you make up ground."
talent  success  school  academic  mathematics  practice  deliberate 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » The Pyramid Method: A Simple Strategy For Becoming Exceptionally Good
"I call this general technique the Pyramid Method. I claim that it’s a powerful approach for anyone looking to transform an interest or natural talent into an expertise that cannot be ignored. Regardless of the pursuit in question, if you want to take it someplace serious, follow Chris’s example. This means:

Pick a single relevant venue to join at the entry level and work to increase your standing.
Make sure the venue offers clear metrics on your progress
school  success  practice  deliberate  productivity  inspiration  strategy  learning 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : School Isn’t For Learning
Robin Hanson quotes Peter Gray. "Employers in industry saw schooling as a way to create better workers. To them, the most crucial lessons were punctuality, following directions, tolerance for long hours of tedious work, and a minimal ability to read and write. From their point of view (though they may not have put it this way), the duller the subjects taught in schools the better."
education  pedagogy  free-school  hunter-gatherer  learning  motivation  school  control  behavior 
august 2010 by tsuomela
NAS - The National Association of Scholars :: Articles Achievement Gap Politics Anonymous
First, you have to understand that educational policy is consumed by the achievement gap, which is the disparity between groups of students on most educational measures, particularly the groups of race and socio-economic income—and, if I'm going to be honest, it's race that generates the most intensity. I don't just mean that this is the number one priority. It's the only priority. The achievement gap pervades every corner of American educational policy discussion. Nothing else matters....

Why? I think ed schools see the public rejection of affirmative action, its embrace of welfare reform and crackdowns on illegal immigrants, and all the other rollbacks of the liberal agenda as profoundly wrong and evil acts. They see education as a means of rectifying the injustices committed by an ignorant society, with themselves as one of the last bastions of protection for under-represented minorities.
education  policy  pedagogy  achievement  politics  conservative  progressive  school 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » How to Get Into Stanford with B's on Your Transcript: Failed Simulations & the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness
The Failed Simulation Effect - Accomplishments that are hard to explain can be much more impressive than accomplishments that are simply hard to do.

This is the secret of Steve. He’s not brilliant. super passionate, or ultra-hard working — instead, he accomplished something that’s hard to explain. This is why he is more impressive than David, even though his high school career required less time devoted to extracurricular activities.
inspiration  education  career  hacks  school  study  academia  fame  success  graduate-school 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Where does the new plagiarism come from? - Acephalous
By which I mean: what specific sites/forums/IRC chat rooms do students use to find people willing to produce "original" works of scholarship?
school  cheating  writing  papers 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Flarf is Dionysus. Conceptual Writing is Apollo. by Kenneth Goldsmith : Poetry Magazine [article/magazine]
Our immersive digital environment demands new responses from writers. What does it mean to be a poet in the Internet age? These two movements, Flarf and Conceptual Writing, each formed over the past five years, are direct investigations to that end.
poetry  poetics  art  modern  contemporary  style  writing  conceptual  flarf  school  magazine 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Old Solutions Have Become the New Problems - BusinessWeek
by Shoshana Zuboff. She diagnoses the problem of waning trust but proposes solutions that are over marketized.
business  school  capitalism  morality  trust 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Nasslli Home Page --
North America summer school in logic, language, and information.
philosophy  logic  language  information  summer  school 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Arché Summer School
4 tracks - contextualism and relativism, basic knowledge, methodology, foundations of logical consequence
philosophy  experimental  summer  school  bibliography 
june 2009 by tsuomela
'Columbine,' by Dave Cullen -- New York Magazine Book Review
But what the book captures better than any other reporting is the confusion and fear that come from an inability to make sense of something that has no reason, no cause, no source—confusion and fear that can lead to damaging misinformation and lasting fictions. Despite all of the coverage, we still don’t know what motivated Eric and Dylan. The best we can do—what the book is arguing for—is to stop trying to guess.
book  review  violence  columbine  guns  school 
may 2009 by tsuomela
toronto school of creativity
TSCI designs education events inquiring into the new enclosures: enclosures on time, space, creativity, thought, ecology, love...
education  open-education  learning  self-directed-learning  creativity  toronto  inquiry  school 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Crimson Tide
There's no doubt a characterological component--Obama's self-control is nearly inhuman, Clinton's is famously lacking. But part of the explanation also lies in the elite institutions that socialized them--namely Harvard and Yale, their respective law schools. The two schools stand on opposite sides of a cultural chasm in the academic world. Even more than that, they stand for different theories of governing.
politics  law  school  pedagogy  style  education  school(Yale)  school(Harvard) 
january 2009 by tsuomela
TED Talks: 2008 TED Prize wish: Once Upon a School
Dave Eggers describes 826 Valencia project to help tutor kids with writing.
education  school  teaching  inspiration  talk  community 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Total Drek: Unhelpful Hints
It occurs to me that perhaps I should pass on some of my admittedly poor insights about grad school to future generations. And so, contained here is a random assortment of things I wished I'd realized when I started grad school.
graduate  school  education  tips 
october 2007 by tsuomela
The SST Graduate Minor
includes a list of faculty at UMN affiliated with the program
umn  sts  science  history  philosophy  academic-programs  graduate  school 
february 2007 by tsuomela
A New Kind of Science: Summer School
Stephen Wolfram and mathematica complex systems summer program.
computer  science  complexity  school  summer  conference 
march 2006 by tsuomela

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