Amanda Ripley on low-tech critical thinking

In this interview with the Economist, Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How they Got That Way, discusses low-tech critical thinking as part of the success of Asian schools (and Finland) on the PISA test. "I have been to some of the most mediocre stultifyingly boring classrooms you have ever …

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Postman’s “thermostatic” view of education

The attempt to put together coherent thoughts while sleep deprived with babe in arms continues. While reading Neil Postman's 1969 book Teaching as a Subversive Activitiy, I could not help but notice how different in substance it was from his later work - especially Building a Bridge to the 18th Century, and The End of …

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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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Grading freshman papers… 1983

For those of us who think Twitter will make us stupid, check out these lines from freshman history papers, originally published in 1983 by Anders Henriksson in Wilson Quarterly. "Possibly as an act of vengeance, a history professor--compiling, verbatim, several decades' worth of freshman papers--offers some of his students’ more striking insights into European history from …

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