Stop reading and create things!

Joel Runyon (Blog of impossible things) recently ran into the inventor of the first programmable computer, Russell Hirsch, in a Portland coffee shop. Here's their conversation. Hirsch made an interesting point about the consumption of media and the sale of tablets: “I’ve been against Macintosh company lately. They’re trying to get everyone to use iPads …

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Critical thinking in Texas

In case you missed it, the 2012 Texas Republican Party platform rejected the teaching of "critical thinking" skills: Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification …

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Laptops will make you a successful human being

Progress strikes again. Down the rabbit-hole we go. Last week, the Free Press reported how school boards are pressuring the government to provide laptops to every child in school. The reporting is opaque at best - but here are seven observations based on what was presented: 1. Inevitability is the currency of the belief in …

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Literacy as a search for identity – Frye On Education

Reading Northrop Frye's essays on education is an exhilarating experience, because it is the first time I have encountered a Canadian author who can piece together my experience as a liberal arts graduate with what is going on in our schools. Not that others don't exist. But some of Frye's addresses to Ontario English teachers …

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Using primary sources – Métis Resistance 1870-1885, Part 1

Teaching with primary sources is fantastic for both teacher and students. However, based on my first try, it takes a lot of work to compile decent samples, format them, and make them into resources. Students from the inner-city school I taught at were grateful for the meaning primary sources added to the study of history. …

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Learning grammar is about attention to details

Here is one CEO , Kyle Wiens of iFixit, who actually tests potential employees on their grammar skills: I hire people who care about those details. Applicants who don't think writing is important are likely to think lots of other (important) things also aren't important. Other related articles in the NY Times -  Room for …

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