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YouTube - First Time Tribe Encounter with Civilized Man (1976) - PART 1 - Yeha Noha
"This is incredible footage from documentary filkmaker Jean-Pierre Dutilleux shows the Toulambi tribe in Papua New Guinea meeting a white man for the first time."<br />
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jean-pierredutilleux  toulambi  papuanewguinea  anthropology  via:cburell  curiosity  fear  man  firstcontact  1976  learning  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
A Tax Day Celebration: Taxes Pay For Necessary Government Services And Make Capitalism Workable. | The New Republic
"The Nordic countries are far more homogenous than the U.S. and it’s an open question whether a society as diverse and unequal as ours would support such a high tax burden. (This is one of the points Douthat makes in his column.) But even if we do absolutely nothing but let current law stand--in other words, if we let the Bush tax cuts expire, allow the alternative minimum tax to remain in place, allow scheduled reductions in physician fees to take effect, and limit the control of health care costs only to the official projections for the Affordable Care Act--it seems likely that our tax burden would still not exceed what the Nordic countries face today, at least not for another 50 years.*"
taxes  us  policy  medicine  healthcare  scandinavia  comparison  2011  education  spending  austerity  austeritymeasures  busherataxcuts  government  nordiccountries  society  via:cburell  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Joe Bageant: Lost in the American Undertow
"The US has always maintained a white underclass — citizens whose role in the greater scheme of things has been to cushion national economic shocks through the disposability of their labor, with occasional time off to serve as bullet magnets in defense of the Empire. Until the post-World War II era, the existence of such an underclass was widely acknowledged. During the Civil War, for instance, many northern abolitionists also called for the liberation of “four million miserable white southerners held in bondage by the wealthy planter class”. Planter elites, who often held several large plantations which, together, constituted much or most of a county’s economy, saw to it that poor whites got no schooling, money, or political power. Poll taxes & literacy requirements kept white subsistence farmers & poor laborers from entering voting booths. Often accounting for up to 70% of many deep-Southern counties, they could not vote, and thus could never challenge the status quo…"
joebageant  class  us  via:cburell  race  2011  economics  labor  classwarfare  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Five Card Flickr
"This quasi experimental web site is designed to foster visual thinking. It is based completely, or more loosely... copied, from the Five Card Nancy game devised by comics guru Scott McCloud & the nifty web version at 741.5 Comics.

However, rather than drawing from a hand of randomly chosen panels of the old Nancy comic, my version draws upon collections of photos specified by a tag in flickr. You are dealt five random photos for each draw, and your task is to select one each time to add to a selection of images, that taken together as a final set of 5 images- tell a story in pictures.

When you are done, you the option to add a title and explanation, then you can save the story so you can put a link in your resume or send to your Mom…Plus we offer the ability to tweet your story or use an embed code to add it to your own web site.

What do they look like? What a fantastic question you ask!

We have a growing collection of mixed bag stories…"
writing  flickr  english  storytelling  classideas  fivecardnancy  scottmccloud  images  comics  photography  via:cburell  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Steve Nash, Basketball's Selfless Socialist? : NPR
"Phoenix Suns basketball star Steve Nash says he's read Karl Marx's The Manifesto of the Communist Party. On the court, Nash is famous for passing the ball to teammates, giving up scoring opportunities himself so others can score. In a league full of flashy, high-scoring players, could Nash be an example of a Marxist player?"
communism  marxism  stevenash  nba  basketball  teamwork  teamplayers  2006  via:cburell  sharing  selflessness  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
The Myth of the Digital Native | Betchablog
"Prensky’s logic falls down for me when I see older folk - those who were clearly born before most people had even heard of a microchip - behave with just as much “native-ness” as many of their Gen-Y counterparts.  Many of the cleverest, most insightful technology users I’ve ever met are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, and should - according to Prensky - be speaking with an almost unrecognizable “digital accent”; and yet they don’t.  So I’m convinced that age has very little to do with it.  I’ve seen 80 years olds who can surf the web effectively, use a digital camera, carry their music around on an iPod and use a mobile phone.  And I’ve seen teenagers that can’t figure out how to Google a piece of information properly, don’t realise that Wikipedia can be edited, and have no idea how to listen to a podcast."
digitalnatives  technology  truth  edtech  marcprensky  myths  2009  via:cburell  ageism  usandthem  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Lawrence Lessig: Neo-Progressives
"every 100 years, body politic we call America swells with fever as it fights off a democracy-destroying disease [of] "Special Interest Government," government captured by economically powerful, as they find a way to convert economic into political power…now entered 3rd of these cycles…corruption of today is in plain sight…Some of us thought Obama was our Jackson…feels embarrassingly naive today…Arianna Huffington has become a leader…Along w/ scholar/activists such as Elizabeth Warren, Simon Johnson, Joseph Stiglitz & Robert Reich, & maybe even come-back-kid politicians like Eliot Spitzer…Progressivism in its best sense is not just a politics of Left…needs to be willing to put aside part of the agenda of each w/in movement, recognizing that no change, on Right or Left, will happen until the fever is broken…Mainstream parties have lost the credibility for reform. As in 1912, only a breakaway, trans-party movement, possibly with no single leader, could have an effect in 2012."
politics  progressive  2010  2012  history  classideas  us  neo-progressives  teaparty  elizabethwarren  eliotspitzer  simonjohnson  larrylessig  josephstiglitz  robertreich  ariannahuffington  barackobama  corruption  specialinterests  money  power  influence  middleclass  democracy  government  progressivism  via:cburell  republicans  democrats  from delicious
september 2010 by robertogreco
Edmodo | Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students
"Edmodo is a social learning network for teachers, students, schools and districts.

Edmodo is accessible online or using any mobile device, including DROID and iPhones.

Edmodo provides free classroom communication for teachers, students and administrators on a secure social network.

Edmodo provides teachers and students with a secure and easy way to post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades and school notices.

Edmodo stores and shares all forms of digital content – blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, presentations, and more."
via:cburell  education  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  classroom  collaboration  edtech  e-learning  networking  students  teachers  technology  twitter  elearning  communication  ict  microblogging  blogging  classrooms  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Profile: Umberto Eco | Books | The Guardian
“He teaches 3 days a week, “for pleasure not money”...enjoys company of young people...he’s an old adolescent...
via:cburell  umbertoeco  interviews  writing  religion  problemsolving  academia  youth  howwework  teaching  ethics  morality  life  death  2002  belief  elitism  post-structuralism  politics  worldbuilding 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Joe Bageant: Live from Planet Norte [I agree with a lot of what Bageant write. In this case though, he leans too heavily on steryotype. What he says doesn't just describe Americans.]
"uniformity on Planet Norte is striking. Each person is unit, installed in life support boxes in suburbs/cities; all fed, clothed by same closed-loop corporate industrial system. Everywhere you look, inhabitants are plugged in at brainstem to screens downloading state approved daily consciousness updates. iPods, Blackberries, laptops, monitors in cubicles, & ubiquitous TV screens in lobbies, bars, waiting rooms, even in taxicabs, mentally knead public brain & condition its reactions to non-Americaness. Which may be defined as anything that does not come from of Washington, DC, Microsoft or Wal-Mart.

For such a big country, "American experience" is extremely narrow & provincial, leaving its people w/ approximately same comprehension of outside world as an oyster bed. Yet there is that relentless busyness of Nortenians...constant movement that indicates all parties are busy-busy-busy, but offers no clue as to just what...We can be sure however, that it has to do w/ consuming."
joebageant  collapse  consumerism  stereotypes  cultureshock  via:cburell  airports  homogeneity  provinciality  busyness  consumption  us  mexico 
july 2010 by robertogreco Search over 57000 videos and 7 million photos
"View more than 57,000 historic videos and 7 million photos for FREE in one of the world's largest collections of royalty-free archival stock footage. Offering immediate downloads in more than 10 formats starting at just $1.97 (Consumer); $30 (Pro)."
via:cburell  archive  archives  creativecommons  history  images  socialstudies  database  videos  media  photography  criticalpast  education  film  tcsnmy 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Why the Novel Matters
"Nothing is important but life. & for myself, I can absolutely see life nowhere but in the living. Life with a capital L is only man alive. Even a cabbage in the rain is cabbage alive. All things that are alive are amazing. & all things that are dead are subsidiary to the living. Better a live dog than a dead lion. But better a live lion than a live dog. C'est la vie!"

[Updated 20 May 2012 after a Charlie Loyd reference to the article: ]

"For this reason I am a novelist. And being a novelist, I consider myself superior to the saint, the scientist, the philosopher, and the poet, who are all great masters of different bits of man alive, but never get the whole hog.

The novel is the one bright book of life. Books are not life. They are only tremulations on the ether. But the novel as a tremulation can make the whole man alive tremble. Which is more than poetry, philosophy, science, or any other book-tremulation can do."

"Let us learn from the novel. In the novel, the characters can do nothing but live. If they keep on being good, according to pattern, or bad, according to pattern, or even volatile, according to pattern, they cease to live, and the novel falls dead. A character in a novel has got to live, or it is nothing."

"Let us learn from the novel. In the novel, the characters can do nothing but live. If they keep on being good, according to pattern, or bad, according to pattern, or even volatile, according to pattern, they cease to live, and the novel falls dead. A character in a novel has got to live, or it is nothing.

We, likewise, in life have got to live, or we are nothing.

What we mean by living is, of course, just as indescribable as what we mean by being. Men get ideas into their heads, of what they mean by Life, and they proceed to cut life out to pattern."

"To be alive, to be man alive, to be whole man alive: that is the point. And at its best, the novel, and the novel supremely, can help you. It can help you not to be dead man in life. So much of a man walks about dead and a carcass in the street and house, today: so much of women is merely dead. Like a pianoforte with half the notes mute."
dhlawrence  via:cburell  writing  novels  life  philosophy  importance  literature 
june 2010 by robertogreco
100 Best Websites for Science Teachers - Forensic Science Technician : Online Schools Guide
"With science and math in the headlines, teachers are under more pressure than ever to keep kids up to date. But with shrinking budgets and growing class sizes, it is getting more and more difficult to do so.
teaching  via:cburell  chemistry  biology  science  education  physics  resources 
april 2010 by robertogreco
pblweb - home
"This workshop is intended as a Primer to introduce educators to Project Based Learning - and to the use of free online tools in project based learning."
onlinetoolkit  teaching  projectbasedlearning  1:1  rubrics  e-learning  googleapps  pedagogy  learning  howto  projects  free  tcsnmy  via:cburell  pbl  1to1 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Blogging Rubric | Remote Access
"With a nod to the ever-brilliant-and-willing-to-share Kim Cofino, here is the rubric I’ve lately begun to use in my classroom for grading student blog posts.
1:1  assessment  rubrics  blogging  blogs  education  learning  teaching  tcsnmy  via:cburell  1to1 
march 2010 by robertogreco
The case for economic rights: FDR said it and it holds 66 years later: There are benefits and opportunities every American should expect to enjoy - U.S. Economy -
"In the ideal America of economic citizenship, there would be a single, universal, integrated, lifelong system of economic security including single-payer healthcare, Social Security, unemployment payments and family leave paid for by a single contributory payroll tax (which could be made progressive in various ways or reduced by combination with other revenue streams). Funding for all programs would be entirely nationalized, although states could play a role in administration. There would still be supplementary private markets in health and retirement products and services for the affluent, but most middle-class Americans would continue to rely primarily on the simple, user-friendly public system of economic security."
rights  economy  fdr  us  policy  human  healthcare  retirement  welfare  libertarianism  corporatism  corporations  capitalism  freemarkets  socialsecurity  economics  markets  via:cburell 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Investigating the impact of weekly weblog assignments on the learning environment of a secondary biology course | in education
"A weblog, or blog, presents an intriguing way to create a collaborative space within a traditional classroom structure. Well-constructed blog assignments may provide a safe environment and encourage a collaborative learning culture. This study explores the use of blog-based assignments on student participation in a high school biology course. Data collected from field notes, surveys, student interviews, and quiz scores provided evidence that the blog assignments had a positive impact on in-class participation rate, self-directed research, achievement, and classroom environment."
via:cburell  bogs  teaching  learning  schools  education  tcsnmy  collaboration  biology  community  science  research  technology  classroom  blogging  classrooms 
january 2010 by robertogreco
ongoing · After Branding
So much great advice. I'm highlighting this one because I was just warning a friend about the same a few days ago. "8. Do not invest any time or money with anyone whose title, or company name, includes the words “Search Engine” or the abbreviations “SEO” or “SEM”. While one hears that there are a few honest souls out there, lots are just looking for sheep to fleece; don’t be one.
design  culture  homepage  socialnetworking  identity  networking  reputation  presence  business  web  webdev  blogging  marketing  spelling  personal-branding  timbray  internet  branding  seo  sem  flash  glvo  via:cburell  webdesign 
january 2010 by robertogreco
What's in store for the next decade? - By Anne Applebaum - Slate Magazine
"And what do these headlines tell us? If I had to read the tea leaves and make a grand prediction, I would say that in the closing days of the 2000s, the future does not look good for all authoritarian regimes. However, the signs are very positive for one particular authoritarian regime: China. Partly this is because the Chinese, unlike the Iranians and the Russians, continue to deliver prosperity, and in the current era it is prosperity, not ideology, that keeps authoritarian regimes in power."
china  via:cburell  capitalism  2009  ideology  authoritarianism  economics  prosperity  iran  russia  islam 
december 2009 by robertogreco
How to Lead and Run a Meeting | The Art of Manliness
"People hate meetings...[they're] not inherently pencil-in-eye inducing, it’s how meetings are run. Without a real leader, meetings can become unproductive & inefficient, not only wasting time & money, but sapping office morale...doesn’t have to be this way. A man knows how to lead. He knows how to run a meeting that starts on time, ends on time, & gets things done. Here’s how. Establish whether the meeting is absolutely necessary...Set an agenda...Type up an agenda for the meeting with a specific list of what items will be discussed and in what order...Make sure key people will be in attendance...Talk one on one with people to resolve pet issues before the meeting...Bring bagels or donuts. [I disagree]...Set up the chairs in a U-shape...Start on time...Begin with what was accomplished since the last meeting...Get to the heart of the matter...Come up with a tangible solution...Control the discussion...Summarize the meeting...End on time...Follow up and make sure things gets done. "
meetings  productivity  business  howto  management  leadership  administration  tcsnmy  via:cburell  morale 
december 2009 by robertogreco
35 Greatest Speeches in History | The Art of Manliness
"There was not currently a resource on the web to my liking that offered the man who wished to study the greatest orations of all time-from ancient to modern-not only a list of the speeches but a link to the text and a paragraph outlining the context in which the speech was given. So we decided to create one ourselves. The Art of Manliness thus proudly presents the “35 Greatest Speeches in World History,” the finest library of speeches available on the web.
via:cburell  education  politics  history  management  reference  leadership  literature  philosophy  ethics  speech  speeches  lectures  oratory  selfimprovement  speaking  rhetoric  tcsnmy 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Historical Tweets
"In the history of history, nothing has been more historic than Historical Tweets.

Most people think Twitter was “created” in 2006. These are same people who think Richard Gere created Buddhism in the 1990’s. Just before Madonna created yoga. Folks, like the sun, moon, and stars, Twitter has always been. This site proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Books have been ruining history. So many unnecessary words. Now, with Historical Tweets, history’s most amazing men and women can be fully understood, a mere 140 characters at a time."
via:cburell  history  humor  twitter  socialmedia  fun  microblogging  internet  historicaltweets 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Writing about History
"Primary Sources and Secondary Sources: What is a Primary Source?...What are Secondary Sources?...Questions to Consider When Reading Primary Historical Documents...Asking a Good Historical Question; Or, How to Develop a Manageable Topic...How to Document Your Sources"
history  writing  researching  tcsnmy  howto  reasearch  via:cburell 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Jamaica Gleaner News - The origins of Christianity & Islam - In Focus - Sunday | September 27, 2009
"The Middle East continues to be a simmering crisis. This gives the impression that there are implacable differences. Christianity, Judaism and Islam share the same God. Their roots are virtually the same. Certainly in terms of religion, there are more similarities than differences...The closeness of Christianity to Mithraism is so stunning that it begs an answer to the question: how could such a replication occur?"
via:cburell  religion  christianity  islam  tcsnmy  mithraism  history  constantine  ancientrome  judaism  middleeast 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Essential Info
"Secondary sources are works of synthesis and interpretation based upon primary sources and the work of other authors. They may take a variety of forms. The authors of secondary sources develop their interpretations and narratives of events based on primary sources, that is, documents and other evidence created by participants or eyewitnesses. Frequently, they also take advantage of the work of other historians by using other secondary sources. For example, the author of the history textbook which you use in school probably did not use too many primary sources. Instead, textbook authors usually rely on secondary sources written by other historians. Given the wide range of topics covered by a typical textbook, textbook authors could not possibly find and use all the relevant primary sources themselves."
primarysources  secondarysources  history  teaching  socialstudies  tcsnmy  learning  researching  via:cburell 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Document Analysis Worksheets
"The following document analysis worksheets were designed and developed by the Education Staff of the National Archives and Records Administration. You may find these worksheets useful as you introduce students to various documents. Thousands of documents are available throughout sections of the National Archives website, including: Teaching With Documents, Online Exhibits, and the ARC Online Catalog."
worksheets  primarysources  teaching  socialstudies  history  nationalarchives  us  analysis  tcsnmy  via:cburell 
september 2009 by robertogreco
SCIM-C: Historical Inquiry
"For Harry Potter and his compatriots, history lessons at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry took the form of brain-deadening encounters with a subject that appeared devoid of inquiry, imagination, interpretation, and personal meaning. This kind of history teaching, however, is not merely the 'stuff of fiction.' Lamentably, the teaching and learning of history as an officially sanctioned, neatly packaged chronicle of facts, people, and events, too often continues to be the experience of current students.
education  history  literacy  socialstudies  researching  teaching  tcsnmy  methods  inquiry  primarysources  via:cburell 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Finland: It’s Not Just For Reindeer Anymore. | The Line [Finnish standards, in English, are here:,27598,37840,72101,72105 AND,27598,37840]
"need & desire of students for life-long learning must be reinforced. Cooperation, interaction, communication skills...different forms of collaborative learning...abilities to recognize & deal w/ ethical issues involving communities & individuals...recognize personal uniqueness...stimulate [them] to engage in artistic activities, participate in artistic & cultural life & adopt lifestyles that promote health & well-being...capable of facing challenges presented by changing world in flexible manner, be familiar w/ means of influence & possess will & courage to take action...create prerequisites for experiencing inclusion, reciprocal support & justice...important sources of joy in life...learn how to adapt to conditions of nature & limits set by global sustainability...reinforce students’ positive cultural identity & knowledge of cultures. Technology is based on knowledge of laws of nature...observe & critically analyze relationship btwn world as described by media & reality."
finland  curriculum  well-being  tcsnmy  education  learning  schools  skills  teaching  lifelonglearning  lifelong  ethics  community  communities  interaction  communication  lifestyle  change  flexibility  culture  arts  media  perception  criticalthinking  via:cburell 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Why Our Current Education System Is Failing
"Sub-par grades + no awards + poor attendance = the end of my life Right? I beg to differ...For most of my life (along with millions of others) I have been taught to believe that the secret to a successful life is to get outstanding grades. Slowly...I have discovered this premise to be completely false...Many of my current classmates, each of whom could literally change the world, are paralyzed by fear, and are instead choosing the path of security: That is get good grades. Get a job. Be happy. Unfortunately that’s rarely how it unfolds...I’m not suggesting that ancient texts such as Shakespeare don’t have any value, however what the students read should be up to them...Our current education system is putting too much effort into things that don’t matter. Busy work. Perfect grammar. Memorization. All of which does nothing for us 10 years down the road...Education is meant to help us find our passion, our purpose in life. Unfortunately, our current education system fails miserably."
education  learning  schooling  schooliness  teaching  schools  unschooling  deschooling  society  success  reading  literacy  highschool  perspective  reform  change  gamechanging  passion  lcproject  tcsnmy  via:cburell  grading  grades  assessment  pedagogy  students 
may 2009 by robertogreco
What You Should Consider Before Education Graduate School - On Education (
"If you're thinking about going into teaching, take heed of this message from Katherine Merseth, a senior lecturer and director of the teacher education program at Harvard University: "The dirty little secret about schools of education is that they have been the cash cows of universities for many, many years, and it's time to say, 'Show us what you can do, or get out of the business.'"" No new news here, but I wish more people were aware of this fact.
teaching  credentials  academia  gradschool  education  wasteofmoney  cashcows  cv  residencies  deschooling  waste  corruption  worstpractices  via:cburell 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Teaching Change - New York Times
"While laws like No Child Left Behind take the rhetorical punches for being a straitjacket on schools, it is actually union contracts that have the greatest effect over what teachers can and cannot do. These contracts can cover everything from big-ticket items like pay and health care coverage to the amount of time that teachers can spend on various activities. Reformers have long argued that this is an impediment to effective schools. Now, increasingly, they are joined by a powerful ally: frustrated teachers. In addition to Denver, in the past year teachers in Los Angeles also sought more control at the school level, and found themselves at odds with their union."
via:cburell  unions  teaching  reform  freedom  control  change  us  schools  politics 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Taking Note: The Real Scandal
"If AIG spent $160 million on bonuses ...out of $30 billion bailout it received...from American taxpayer, what proportion...did not go to bonuses?... 99.5%...AIG is as pure as Ivory soap...bonuses are smaller than small change. What is shocking about the bailouts begun by Bush & continuing under Obama is how huge they are...impossible to imagine numbers involved except when they are set against one that uses mind-boggling masses of resources to produce mind-boggling masses of output...economic crisis is showing us that policy battles of most years are concerned with nickles & dimes. Earmarks worth $8 billion – pennies...cost of healthcare for children – nickels...Social Security shortfall after 2041 – dimes. The really big money in the economy is as hard to grasp as distance to nearest star. We need to think not in miles but in light years of spending...2002-06...73% of additional income went to top 1% of households...system has failed...over last several decades"
crisis  aig  bailouts  money  numbers  economics  via:cburell  wealth  society  rich  poor  us  capitalism  georgewbush  barackobama  billclinton  bonuses  policy  politics  healthcare  socialsecurity  earmarks 
march 2009 by robertogreco
The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal - Glenn Greenwald -
"In 2001, Portugal became the only EU-member state to decriminalize drugs, a distinction which continues through to the present. Last year, working with the Cato Institute, I went to that country in order to research the effects of the decriminalization law (which applies to all substances, including cocaine and heroin) and to interview both Portuguese and EU drug policy officials and analysts (the central EU drug policy monitoring agency is, by coincidence, based in Lisbon). Evaluating the policy strictly from an empirical perspective, decriminalization has been an unquestionable success, leading to improvements in virtually every relevant category and enabling Portugal to manage drug-related problems (and drug usage rates) far better than most Western nations that continue to treat adult drug consumption as a criminal offense."
drugs  portugal  glenngreenwald  politics  policy  government  law  health  europe  legalization  decriminalization  addiction  culture  crime  society  via:cburell 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Another take on Obama’s speech on education
"Obama’s reference may have been positive, but South Korean schools are not places that the majority of elementary and middle school students who have gone to study in the United States wish to return to. This is a result of the battleground of unlimited competition to survive in a society based on academic cliques." ... "A country like Finland has no ilje gosa, but it periodically checks whether individual schools are meeting students’ educational goals, and school boards provide oversight through comparative assessments using data such as sample studies and international achievement evaluations so that individual schools’ problems are not neglected. Teacher evaluations as well are conducted not by principals, according to unilaterally prescribed criteria, but by self-assessment in which teachers set goals and determine whether they have met them. Each school board also researches the opinions of students and their parents to supplement these teacher self-assessments."
korea  education  schools  competition  finland  teaching  learning  policy  politics  well-being  suicide  academics  us  barackobama  society  via:cburell 
march 2009 by robertogreco The School Guru Who Promised Rescue and Brought Ruin
"Michael R. Hazelton sold himself as an expert who could help. He was soothing. Gray-haired. Nice. A Harvard University seminar topped his resume, loaded with impressive work at a national company and a school that had once aided Cortez Hill. The school hired him as its executive director to reverse its fortunes.

Instead its deficit ballooned from $16,559 to $188,187 in the single year that it employed Hazelton. When an audit revealed that he gave himself an $18,350 raise without the blessing of the Cortez Hill board, boosting the six-figure salary that had already dwarfed what his predecessor had earned, Hazelton was already gone."
schools  money  corruption  sandiego  via:cburell  charterschools 
march 2009 by robertogreco
5 Myths About Education Reform -
"1. We know how to fix public schools; we just lack the political will to finish the job. 2. Teachers know best how to teach kids; policymakers should leave them alone. 3. The federal government meddles too much in the affairs of local schools. 4. Teacher unions are the enemy. 5. There's no place in education for politics."
education  research  reform  standards  nclb  unions  policy  politics  us  teaching  via:cburell  jaymatthews  charterschools 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Content vs Concept: The winner is… « Organic Classroom
“I like to think of concept based curriculum as helping students become good at asking questions, not just good at answering them." ... “concept based curriculum helps students to develop deep understandings about themselves and their world. These understandings can happen in a content based curriculum, but they aren’t what drives the teaching and learning, it is almost as if the deep understandings happen by accident.”
via:cburell  education  schools  teaching  learning  content  philosophy  tcsnmy  nclb 
february 2009 by robertogreco
So I'm The Valedictorian
"Umm yeah, so I'm the valedictorian. Number one. But, what separates me from number 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 50, or 120? Nothing but meaningless numbers. ... It is disturbing enough that throughout high school, GPA and grades are pushed as the most important things, while learning, the real reason we are in school, falls by the wayside. The MCAS serve as just another set of meaningless numbers that add one more reason to focus on scores and forget learning. ... Schools are being turned into factories churning out brainless, mindless, opinion-less hacks year after year. ... We hear GPA, class rank, SAT, test grade, midterms, finals, scholastic achievement but never once do we hear "never mind the grades, think about the learning, think about activism, think about life." We celebrate those who have earned good grades but don't bother to consider if they are at all worthy of the praise. Does anyone care about the human beings behind the numbers?"
grading  grades  schools  schooling  unschooling  deschooling  valedictorians  activism  students  cv  schooliness  assessment  priorities  society  testing  colleges  learning  admissions  tcsnmy  teaching  meaning  children  youth  factoryschools  gpa  sat  lcproject  via:cburell  anneliseschantz 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Bridging Differences: We Need Schools That 'Train' Our Judgment
"Duncan seems more comfortable lying with statistics? What, after all, is his definition of a “good college” but one that’s hard to get into—thus consigning most people to failure. Similarly what’s his definition of “success”? Doing “better than average”? Thus consigning most of us to failure. I know too many successful adults who don’t meet Duncan’s definition to call such teachers liars." ... "We turn classroom teaching into a “test-like” setting. When we script teaching and pre-code children’s responses we have simply another form of standardized testing. I see it daily: when teachers tell children to put on “their thinking caps.” The kids shift into that special “school-mode” of so-called thinking: trying to guess what answer the teacher wants to hear. It’s not what was needed in the 19th Century, or the 2lst."
assessment  nclb  testing  teaching  schools  colleges  universities  success  failure  arneduncan  schooling  via:cburell 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Educator, heal thyself of faulty premises
"The fact is learning is uniquely idiosyncratic and resists quantification. An abundance of assessments does not imply validity, nor does complexity of assessment confer objectivity. Simply stated, the belief that we can precisely measure learning is a myth." ... "We must consider what we actually know of the nature of learning and respect children as innately and powerfully curious. We need schooling that empowers children to think and act for themselves. "We must humbly admit that we can’t know for certain what each individual should study and for how long, given the ever-increasing pace of social and economic change. And all the while, we must set aside our differences long enough to see the common ground we all share: a deep concern for the future well-being of our children, our culture and our world."
learning  messiness  education  unschooling  change  deschooling  society  myth  assessment  children  schools  lcproject  philosophy  research  johntaylorgatto  homeschool  via:cburell  sudbury  brucesmith  tcsnmy  authority  alternative  leadership  individuality  self-directed  self-directedlearning  testing  well-being  democratic  democracy  pedagogy  cv  sudburyschools 
january 2009 by robertogreco
What Kids Can Do
"Based in Providence, R.I., What Kids Can Do (WKCD) is a national nonprofit founded in January 2001 by an educator and journalist with more than 40 years' combined experience supporting adolescent learning in and out of school. Together, they felt an urgent need to promote perceptions of young people as valued resources, not problems, and to advocate for learning that engages students as knowledge creators and not simply test takers. Just as urgent, they believed, was the need to bring youth voices to policy debates about school, society, and world affairs.
via:cburell  servicelearning  tcsnmy  learning  education  change  writing  film  activism  youth  books  media  teaching  voice 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Reform School |
"What's the key to their success? What are they doing that the United States is not? First, they have many fewer children in poverty and a much bigger safety net. We have 22 percent of our kids in poverty—the highest proportion of any industrialized country...Second, they spend their money equally on schools, sometimes with additional money to the schools serving high-need students. We take kids who have the least access to educational opportunities at home and we typically give them the least access to educational opportunities at school as well. We have the most unequal spread of achievement of any industrialized country except for Germany. Then in Finland or Sweden or Hong Kong or Singapore, teachers get a completely free preparation, with a salary or a stipend while they're training. In Singapore, beginning teachers make more than beginning doctors. Our teachers teach 1,100 hours a year on average. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average is 650 hours."
schools  education  us  teaching  reform  change  finland  singapore  science  lindadarling-hammond  poverty  policy  nclb  via:cburell 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated
"Aside from its philosophical underpinnings and political impact, there are reasons to be skeptical about anything that might produce overcontrol. Some children who look like every adult’s dream of a dedicated student may in reality be anxious, driven, and motivated by a perpetual need to feel better about themselves, rather than by anything resembling curiosity. In a word, they are workaholics in training." ... "here’s some evidence that students with high grades are, on average, overly conformist and not particularly creative.[47] That students who are more self-disciplined get better grades, then, constitutes an endorsement of self-discipline only for people who don’t understand that grades are a terrible marker for the educational qualities we care about. And if girls in our culture are socialized to control their impulses and do what they’re told, is it really a good thing that they’ve absorbed that lesson well enough to be rewarded with high marks?"
alfiekohn  via:cburell  culture  society  grades  grading  schools  education  learning  control  reform  self-discipline  parenting  psychology  motivation  discipline  pedagogy  teaching  unschooling  deschooling  schooling 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Joe Bageant: The Sucker Bait Called Hope
"we go into a new year with millions of Americans still clinging to The Audacity of Hope...we are victims of learned helplessness, learned from the cradle...rocked by the foot of the Capitalist consumer state. Sure we can hope for movement away from domination of the weak by the arrogant, away from ecocide and genocide toward a better world. What the hell, hope is one of the few free activities in this society. We don't even have to put down the remote and get off our asses to do it...But the fact is that when we encounter in-the-flesh examples of any merciful movement...we blanch and erect a wall of denial and excuses for our refusal to support that thing....We have no genuine concept of common good...Toqueville observed that 170 years ago. He said that in America, no man owes another man anything. Nor is he owed by any other man. Where does that leave any movement toward the common weal requiring the cooperative efforts of more than one man? We all know the answer -- The Gubbyment."
us  future  crisis  environment  healthcare  education  universities  colleges  change  hope  barackobama  government  politics  consumerism  capitalism  progressive  toqueville  joebageant  via:cburell  helplessness  sustainability  generations  sacrifice  gamechanging  finance  history  society 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Education Sector: Research and Reports: Measuring Skills for the 21st Century
"New assessments like the CWRA, however, illustrate that the skills that really matter for the 21st century—the ability to think creatively and to evaluate and analyze information—can be measured accurately and in a common and comparable way. These emergent models also demonstrate the potential to measure these complex thinking skills at the same time that we measure a student's mastery of core content or basic skills and knowledge. There is, then, no need for more tests to measure advanced skills. Rather, there is a need for better tests that measure more of the skills students' need to succeed today."
cwra  assessment  21stcenturyskills  evaluation  education  technology  future  accountability  skills  research  change  reform  testing  nclb  via:cburell 
november 2008 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq's damaged Babylon hopes for revival
"Beneath a patch of stony, desert ground on the River Euphrates, surrounded by date palms, many of the secrets of the cradle of civilisation are still waiting to be uncovered." more here:
archaeology  culture  art  history  tcsnmy  ancient  ancientcivilization  anthropology  mesopotamia  babylon  via:cburell 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Higher Education - Increasing Tuition Costs, Fewer International Students, and the Reduced Importance of the SAT — Open Education
“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” - Eric Hoffer ... "To date there are nearly 800 schools that have gone SAT optional. In a recent meeting in Seattle the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Harvard reported that the SAT is not a great predictor of student success nor should it be the only criteria used to determine who will succeed in college. Many admission committees use writing samples and grade point averages as a better way to determine who should be admitted and who will likely succeed. Assessment of what students are learning in their classes will continue to be a focal point of accrediting agencies and state governments as well as the federal government."
erichoffer  SAT  tuition  colleges  universities  markets  demographics  change  academia  learning  admissions  us  via:cburell 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Is Upper Level Math Necessary? Is Advanced Math Really Needed in the Work World?
"Students are told that they must work hard to achieve success in math in high school because math will be needed in the real world. Is this really true?"
education  math  via:cburell 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Mofet ITEC - International Portal of Teacher Education
"This article describes a questionnaire survey of 747 students enrolled in a graduate school of education, who are currently teachers or prospective teachers. The Literacy Habits Questionnaire, developed by Applegate and Applegate, was administered in September 2006. Findings suggest a high prevalence of aliteracy, the ability to read but a disinterest in personal reading.
literacy  reading  education  teaching  disconnect  via:cburell 
november 2008 by robertogreco
What's 'in' is now 'out' - Print View
"In other ways, what was “in” is now “out.” Until recently, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was the robust economy’s hero; now he is the villain. Deregulation was creating jobs; now it is costing us our savings. Obama lacked experience to handle a crisis; now he is the one to lead us out of crisis. The economic crisis will also dramatically affect the rising elites, their lifestyles and kids." career choices, second homes, cars we drive, entertainment, food sources, parenting, opinions about government...
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october 2008 by robertogreco
No school like home: Jessica Shepherd meets the children who don't go to school | Education | The Guardian
"authors discovered these children absorbed information mainly by "doing nothing, observing, having conversations, exploring & through self-directed learning"..liken "chaotic nature" of informal learning to process that leads to scientific breakthroughs, early stages of crafting a novel, coming up w/ solution to technical problem, act of composing music.."Its products are often intangible, processes obscure, progress piecemeal...There are false starts, unrelated bits & pieces picked up, interests followed & discarded, sometimes to be taken up again, sometimes not...Yet chaotic nature of informal curriculum does not appear to be barrier to children organising it into coherent body of knowledge...rather than presenting knowledge in neat packages, informal curriculum forces learners to become actively engaged w/ information - to work with it, move it around, juggle ideas & resolve contradictions...It is not a static thing contained in series of educational folders. It is alive & dynamic."
education  learning  children  via:cburell  unschooling  deschooling  lcproject  teaching  informallearning  futureoflearning  chaos  books 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Lit to Go: MP3 Stories and Poems - Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
"Download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go, Listen to the Mp3 files on your computer, View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen, Print out the stories and poems to make your own book"
via:cburell  audiobooks  literature  mp3  free  books  storytelling  podcasts  audio  elementary  elearning  education  ebooks  stories  poetry  poems 
july 2008 by robertogreco
"VocabProfile will tell you how many words the text contains from the following four frequency levels: (1) the list of the most frequent 1000 word families, (2) the second 1000, (3) the Academic Word List, and (4) words that do not appear on the other lis
via:cburell  vocabulary  english  language  onlinetoolkit  words  writing  assessment  text 
july 2008 by robertogreco
The New Unschooler: To Alistair (An Argument In Favor Of Unschooling)
"do you really think school (pre-uni) is best place to be exposed to new ideas?...may seem that way...on surface level, but...think about where & how you discovered ideas & concepts that have shaped your life, my guess is they didn’t come from school"
education  unschooling  homeschool  learning  via:cburell  children  deschooling 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Annenberg Media - A Biography of America
"A Biography of America is a telecourse and video series that presents American history as a living narrative. This series web site lets you delve further into the topics of the 26 video programs."
us  education  history  biography  socialstudies  ushistory  humanities  curriculum  lessons  video  tcsnmy  via:cburell 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students - ReadWriteWeb
"just in this decade, and especially in the last few years, a handful of tools to make school life easier have appeared. What follows is the set of web tools I would put in my backpack were I headed back to school tomorrow."
via:cburell  onlinetoolkit  elearning  e-learning  education  students  tools  online  internet 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Apture •
"Apture provides the first rich communication platform allowing publishers and bloggers to easily turn flat pages of text into multimedia experiences."
blogging  blogs  onlinetoolkit  multimedia  javascript  technology  portfolio  online  tools  webdesign  apture  via:cburell  webdev 
june 2008 by robertogreco
How do kid’s “survive” school? | Blogush
"I want to write back something that gives him hope. This is a great mind that should not be wasting away in a classroom coloring in bubbles on a test. What do I say?"
unschooling  deschooling  education  schools  students  comments  learning  advice  alternative  via:cburell 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Open Educational Resources
"OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course
courses  e-learning  education  learning  opencontent  opencourseware  opensource  pedagogy  textbooks  study  via:cburell 
december 2007 by robertogreco
LA Weekly - News - Foreclosure Frenzy - David Ferrell - The Essential Online Resource for Los Angeles
"For Angelenos who watched, confounded, as many home buyers somehow were able to afford $585,000 homes the mystery has been solved: Buyers couldn’t actually afford the prices, but bought anyway."
duh  housing  losangeles  economics  finance  mortgages  housingbubble  foreclosures  frenzies  via:cburell 
november 2007 by robertogreco
The Truth About Homework
"Needless Assignments Persist Because of Widespread Misconceptions About Learning"
alfiekohn  via:cburell  homework  parenting  pedagogy  education  learning  myths  schools  philosophy  teaching  statistics  children  anxiety  culture  psychology  truth  homeschool  unschooling 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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