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Plato Was an Incompetent Mook

Stephen Whittaker | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Stephen Whittaker

The current press for either the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or the Competency-Based Online Course (CBOC) makes clear that the old-style liberal arts colloquium has failed. But here's the thing: the false dilemma is nothing new.

What Do Kids Learn From Doing Homework?

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The nature of homework -- at what age it should start and what it should ask of children -- will continue to evolve. For now, perhaps we should want something better for our children than subjecting them to the same pressures that make our lives so hectic and stressful.

Why Every Social Entrepreneur Needs to Read This Book

Hila Mehr | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

Paulo Freire, author of the seminal 1970 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, saw the world not as a given reality, but as "a problem to be worked on and solved."

College Learning and the Digital Age

Seamus Carey, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Seamus Carey, Ph.D.

Given the need for this shift in college students, digital learning presents both a danger and an opportunity. The danger of the digital world is that it closes students off from the shift that is required if students are to become serious learners.

Want Better Essays? Ask Narrower Questions

Mark Bemesderfer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Mark Bemesderfer

Anyone who has raised or spent much time with teenagers knows that they can argue. Passionately, effectively, and tirelessly. Yet these same skills seem to abandon many high school students when the topic is not personal but academic.

Teaching From the Bottom Up

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

It's not unusual to hear a professor say, "My students are just not critical thinkers." To this I would reply, "So what are you doing to make them critical thinkers? What are you doing to develop that skill?"

Teaching Homicidal Rage: Reflections on School Shootings and Suicides of 2103

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

The emotional life of the child should be considered core content, as worthy of heavy resource investment and professional development as any other core subject or standard.

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.

Of MOOCs and Technology: Why True Education Is Not Content Delivery

William Astore | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology
William Astore

Today's students don't need more technology; they don't need more PowerPoint and computer-based learning platforms. What they need are enthusiastic and talented and creative teachers and professors who see education not as a job but as a calling.

A Math Teacher Walks Out

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

How directly connected are they to life outside the school? Is the instruction in our math classrooms -- in every classroom -- useful and meaningful to students? Is our school curriculum relevant to society?

Why Teach Multicultural Literature?

Bhakti Shringarpure | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices
Bhakti Shringarpure

Why teach U.S. students literature from different countries? This is the fundamental question at the heart of this encounter. I remain deeply disheartened by what I often experience in the classroom -- the defensive rage when the dominant culture is attacked.

I Only Have One Thing to Say to Jeff Bliss

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Nicholas Ferroni

As a teacher who is an innovative and outspoken advocate for education and educators, and who takes his profession very seriously, I have only one thing to say to Jeff Bliss and his now historic rant: Bravo, Jeff.

Children Naturally Want To Show What They Know

Chris Abraham | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Chris Abraham

2013-02-27-tedprizepullEach and every opportunity we have to collaborate, entice, introduce, facilitate, and amplify the ideas and creations of the other -- to keep curious and engaged -- seems more than worthwhile to me.

We Need Schools.. Not Factories

Sugata Mitra | Posted 04.29.2013 | TED Weekends
Sugata Mitra

2013-02-27-sugatamitrapullWe need a curriculum of big questions, examinations where children can talk, share and use the Internet, and new, peer assessment systems. In the networked age, we need schools, not structured like factories, but like clouds. Join us up there.

Making College Career Preparation a Deliberate Process

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

There has been an historic dispute regarding the liberal arts values of higher education versus career values, the argument being that they are mutually exclusive -- but they're actually not. They need to come together for the benefit of our students.

The Instructor's Side of the Reading Covenant

Matthew McCluskey | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Matthew McCluskey

When we make sound pedagogical choices on reading, we can dramatically enhance students' abilities to work with all kinds of challenging texts. When we struggle, classrooms can become frustrating, unchallenging, or disorienting places.

Art and Education: An Interview

David Galenson | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
David Galenson

Earlier this year I was sent an electronic book aimed at teachers, titled The Art of Learning. I enjoyed reading it, and Richard and Christine agreed to do the following interview about it by email.

Start Early: Addressing Gender-Based Bullying in Elementary School

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 09.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Helping children understand in the early years of schooling that there is not just one "right" way to be a boy or a girl will open up opportunities for each child to explore their education more fully.

What is Academic Rigor?!

Lori Ungemah | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education
Lori Ungemah

Rigor is pushing yourself beyond what is easy. Sports, reading, math, anger management, dieting -- to make progress in anything there has to be an element of rigor. Plain and simple.

The Trouble With Differentiating Differentiation

Dan Ross | Posted 07.17.2012 | Education
Dan Ross

Why are America's high school student so dramatically and devastatingly unprepared to succeed at the highest levels of scholastic achievement? The answer is simple: differentiation.

Trayvon Martin and the Implications for Teacher Perceptions of Students

Jose Vilson | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Jose Vilson

What gets lost in this conversation is that somewhere along the line, our society still has people who teach our children that our racial differences imply inferiority or, worse, dehumanization.

Spring Term

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.31.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

I wonder if something important has been lost in the mix of campus building projects, recruitment and retention efforts and the barrage of new pedagogical technologies -- all to convince our students to stay and study.

Why Faith Claims Should Be 'Corrected': A Professor's Argument

Paul Pardi | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Paul Pardi

What role should faith play, if any, in the way we think about the conversation in the classroom or an ordered society? According to one professor, it should be relegated to personal preference.

Relationships Matter

Sean Slade | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

Whether it be inside the classroom, outside the school, between peers, teachers or families, relationships are key to student success and growth.

Education in the Age of Information

Dr. Gino Yu | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Dr. Gino Yu

If education is thought of as providing students with information, today's Internet world is radically different from the pre-Internet world. From a content point of view, there isn't much we can teach students that isn't already online.