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Learning How to Think

A common misconception is that the purpose of school is to learn concepts. Learn lots of facts, figures, equations, dates…memorize famous people’s names, faces and accomplishments…master your times tables and grammatical structure. The real value of an education is in

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Evaluation of Merit in the 21st Century

Faced with an impossible task — ranking and comparing the potential and/or performance of students — that may not even be worthwhile to evaluate, our educational system has developed practices that are inaccurate at best and downright dangerous at worst.

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Learning Deeply, Not Shallowly

Something I’ve been thinking about is the implication of our information overload society. What will learning look like in the future? Will skills replace knowledge as the mark of an accomplished, interesting person? Will “prodigy”-like behavior become more common, since

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On Mathematics, Arts, and Mastery

This is an excerpt from a journal entry I wrote 1.5 years ago, that I think is important to keep in mind: A lot of attention in current literature about mathematics education reform has been drawn to the fact that

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My Take on the Teacher Evaluation Debate

In response to: “What Makes a Great Teacher? Finally, We’ve Got Some Answers” (Take Part) Remember when your teacher would say “Okay someone is coming in today to observe so everyone be on your best behavior” and proceeded to act a

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Hacking Your Education is Better Than Not Learning

In response to: “Education is the Work of Teachers, Not Hackers” (The New Republic) This sounds like the typical snobbery of a humanities devotee. Yes, humanities are worthwhile. But if we have a resource crunch and a money crunch, wouldn’t

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Opening Up Higher Education

With the proliferation of websites (Udacity, Coursera, iTunesU) offering full online higher education courses to the public for free, largely comprised of instructional video, many people are asking how these Technological changes will actually impact Higher Education. The form itself

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