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Felix Gryffeth

Op-Ed Columnist - Race to Sanity - NYTimes.com - 7 views

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    The Obama administration's education policy is a model of balanced governance.
Vicki Davis

Andrew Hargadon: Pursuing science in and out of the Ivory Towers - 0 views

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    This is an interesting article from Andrew Hargadon (yes, interestingly he is related to Steve Hargadon who started Classroom 2.0.) He makes a great point that is so salient to many professions: "So here we are, with pressing social and environmental problems, and a system that has undermined science's ability to lead in the changes we desperately need. "
Felix Gryffeth

In Tough Times, the Humanities Must Justify Their Worth - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • The study of the humanities evolved during the 20th century “to focus almost entirely on personal intellectual development,” said Richard M. Freeland, the Massachusetts commissioner of higher education. “But what we haven’t paid a lot of attention to is how students can put those abilities effectively to use in the world. We’ve created a disjunction between the liberal arts and sciences and our role as citizens and professionals.”Mr. Freeland is part of what he calls a revolutionary movement to close the “chasm in higher education between the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs.” The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently issued a report arguing the humanities should abandon the “old Ivory Tower view of liberal education” and instead emphasize its practical and economic value.
  • Derek Bok, a former president of Harvard and the author of several books on higher education, argues, “The humanities has a lot to contribute to the preparation of students for their vocational lives.” He said he was referring not only to writing and analytical skills but also to the type of ethical issues raised by new technology like stem-cell research. But he added: “There’s a lot more to a liberal education than improving the economy. I think that is one of the worst mistakes that policy makers often make — not being able to see beyond that.” Anthony T. Kronman, a professor of law at Yale and the author of “Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life,” goes further. Summing up the benefits of exploring what’s called “a life worth living” in a consumable sound bite is not easy, Mr. Kronman said. But “the need for my older view of the humanities is, if anything, more urgent today,” he added, referring to the widespread indictment of greed, irresponsibility and fraud that led to the financial meltdown. In his view this is the time to re-examine “what we care about and what we value,” a problem the humanities “are extremely well-equipped to address.”
Walter Antoniotti

Learning Internet Libraries - 0 views

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    About fifty libraries contain free Internet information on academic subjects and materials to help students, teachers and professionals.
Peggy George

RTI Action Network - Home - 0 views

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    What is RTI? Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Students' progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or both.
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    Home page for RTI Action Network-discussed in live show linked from CR20 LIVE Conversations on 4-9-08. LD Live-Living with Learning Disabilities
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