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Michael Scott

Honor Code - NYTimes.com - 52 views

  • Schools have to engage people as they are. That requires leaders who insist on more cultural diversity in school: not just teachers who celebrate cooperation, but other teachers who celebrate competition; not just teachers who honor environmental virtues, but teachers who honor mili
  • tary virtues; not just curriculums that teach how to share, but curriculums that teach how to win and how to lose; not just programs that work like friendship circles, but programs that work like boot camp
Sydney Lacey

Teacher Magazine: Boys Trail Girls in Reading; Can Fart Jokes Help? - 32 views

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    Parents of reluctant readers complain that boys are forced to stick to stuffy required school lists that exclude nonfiction or silly subjects, or have teachers who cater to higher achievers and girls. They're hoping books that exploit boys' love of bodily functions and gross-out humor can close the gap.
Steve C

Let the Children Play (Some More) - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • Goof-off time shouldn’t be limited to summer vacation: it’s important all year.
  • st American children in the not-so-distant past, “going out to play” was the norm. Today, according to a University of Michigan study,
  • Just an hour a day of vigorous play — running, chasing, games like tag or dodge ball, and even dealing with or avoiding being excluded from these activities — can provide intense skill learning.
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  • Deprive a social mammal like a rat or monkey of its normal rough-and-tumble play and it enters adulthood emotionally fragile, unable to tell friend from foe, poor at handling stress and lacking the skills to mate properly.
  • Play is an active process that reshapes our rigid views of the world.
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    In defense of play:
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