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30+ Most Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes Ever - 0 views

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    Fifty years ago, on April 4, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated . In the decades since, his name has become synonymous with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Five decades after the passing of King, his wisdom, his words, and his compassion are needed now more than ever. Let's recall this great man's nuggets of wisdom and some of the most inspiring and insightful quotes which we have taken from King's speeches, sermons and essays.
Nigel Coutts

Local Wisdom versus Global Assessments - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    A significant shift continues to occur within global education markets. It is signified by the manner in which it makes sense to speak of a global education market. It is driven by neo-liberalism and the expansion of markets into all aspects of our lives and it is made possible by manipulation of the third messaging system within the educational triad of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. It is a drive towards accountable, comparable and productive education systems fine-tuned to maximise the return on investment and provide industry with the workforce it desires. What must be asked is how does this trend impact students and are these the forces that should be driving change in our education systems?
Nigel Coutts

Culture, Change and the Individual - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    A recent post by George Couros (author of The innovators Mindset) posed an interesting question about the role that culture plays in shaping the trajectory of an organisation. The traditional wisdom is that culture trumps all but George points to the role that individuals play in shaping and changing culture itself. Is culture perhaps less resilient than we are led to imagine and is it just a consequence of the individuals with the greatest influence? Or, is something else at play here?
Mary Ann Pessa

SLIPPIING INTO DARKNESS For Anyone Dealing With Vision Loss & Those Who Love Them - 0 views

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    Just read a great book that provides important and insightful wisdom and understanding of human struggles. Written with entertaining readability, peppered with humor, this is an enlightening, powerful book delivering inspiring real-life examples of daily struggles for ordinary folks and anyone dealing with physical constraints that evolve without our control. Highly recommend reading this for anyone dealing with his or her own struggles (of any sort) and for all who desire a greater empathy and understanding for ministering and an understanding of the importance of faith!
Justin Medved

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • He did away with Advanced Placement classes in the high school soon after he arrived at Riverdale;
  • he encourages his teachers to limit the homework they assign; and he says that the standardized tests that Riverdale and other private schools require for admission to kindergarten and to middle school are “a patently unfair system” because they evaluate students almost entirely by I.Q. “This push on tests,” he told me, “is missing out on some serious parts of what it means to be a successful human.”
  • The list included some we think of as traditional noble traits, like bravery, citizenship, fairness, wisdom and integrity; others that veer into the emotional realm, like love, humor, zest and appreciation of beauty; and still others that are more concerned with day-to-day human interactions: social intelligence (the ability to recognize interpersonal dynamics and adapt quickly to different social situations), kindness, self-regulation, gratitude.
Christine Southard

The (Enormous) Economic Returns to a Good Teacher : Education Next - 15 views

  • It has now become conventional wisdom that teachers are the most important ingredient in an effective school. 
  • A good teacher gets above average achievement out of her students.
  • A teacher at the 85th percentile can, in comparison to an average teacher, raise the present value of each student’s lifetime earnings by over $20,000–implying that such a teacher with a class of 20 students generates over $400,000 in economic benefits, compared to an average teacher, for each year that she gets such achievement gains.
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  • a teacher at the 15th percentile subtracts $400,000 in value from her class of 20 students.
  • By changing a teacher’s profession into a perilous affair and a rat race, with many pink slips being handed out each year, by sewing distrust among colleagues, by exposing teachers to unfair high-stakes evaluations, Mr. Hanushek turns the teaching profession into a highly unattractive prospect for the intelligent, ambitious students that American education so desperately needs.
  • And that is bad news for *all* US students, not just for the ’5 to 8 percent’ about whom the magical ‘tests’ revelates that they are ‘ineffectively taught’.
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