Philosophy

Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I have been doing quite a bit of soul-searching in the past few weeks and months, and I have played with several ideas for my future that are worth noting. One of these is my desire to write fiction, to unleash my creative imagination in a channel detached almost entirely from education and educational technology. I am not saying I am going to seriously do this in the upcoming weeks and months, but it is something which I have thought…

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Betsy DeVos’s Right Wing School Indoctrination Program – Education Article

 What do you do when thinking people reject your political ideology?  You get rid of thinking people.  That’s Betsy DeVos’ plan to rejuvenate and renew the Republican Party.  The billionaire heiress who bought her position as Donald Trump’s Education Secretary plans to spend $5 billion of your tax dollars on private, religious and parochial schools.  This would be federal tax credits to fund scholarships to private and religious institutions – school vouchers in all but name.     It’s a…

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I Assign my Students Homework Despite Scant Research It Does Any Good – Education Article

In academic circles the debate over homework rages on. Does it actually help students learn or does it just cause undue stress and frustration for children and parents? As a teacher and a parent, I see both sides of the issue. In class, I assign my students homework every week – Monday through Thursday. Never on the weekends. My daughter’s teacher does the same. So at home, I’m on the receiving end, spending hours with my little munchkin helping her…

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The L&D maturity curve | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

Over the course of my career, I’ve witnessed a slow but steady shift away from formal learning to informal learning. Of course, remnants of the “formal first” philosophy still exist, whereby every conceivable problem is attempted to be fixed by a training solution, typically in the form of a course. Over time, the traditional classroom-based delivery of such courses has increasingly given way to online modules, but that’s merely a change in format – not strategy. While courses certainly have…

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How Many Decisions Do Teachers Make Every Day? – Education Article

  Teaching is an exhausting job.   If you’re a parent, you know how tiring it is with just one or two kids.   Imagine having a room full of them — Twenty to thirty children, each demanding your attention, each requiring your urgent help – every minute, every day, for hours at a time.     Back in the late 1980s, before education became totally absorbed by standardized testing and school privatization, we used to wonder about the effects…

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