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Marti Weston

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Scott Merrick

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  • The report says every aspect of the U.S. education system--from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary and adult education, including after-school and teacher preparation programs--"must be aligned to prepare citizens with the 21st-century skills they need to compete."

    It encourages U.S. schools to do a better job of teaching and measuring advanced, 21st-century skills beyond simply assessing science, reading, and math. In addition, it outlines several actions at the national, state, and local levels that U.S. leaders must undertake to improve economic results and better prepare citizens to participate in the 21st-century economy.

    "All Americans, not just an elite few, need 21st-century skills that will increase their marketability, employability, and readiness for citizenship," the report says.  These skills include critical thinking and judgment, complex problem solving, creative thinking, and communication and collaboration.

    new report from P21, Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Sarah Hanawald

Why Schools Don't Educate - The Natural Child Project - 0 views

  • The world's narcotic economy is based upon our own consumption of the commodity, if we didn't buy so many powdered dreams the business would collapse - and schools are an important sales outlet.
  • Senator Ted Kennedy's office released a paper not too long ago claiming that prior to compulsory education the state literacy rate was 98% and after it the figure never again reached above 91% where it stands in 1990
  • in the United States almost nobody who reads, writes or does arithmetic gets much respect. We are a land of talkers,
    More John Gotto--his speech as he accepted the Teacher of the Year award. Written in 1990, but spot on today.
Sarah Hanawald

Diablo Valley School, a Concord California Sudbury School - Serving Elementary Middle a... - 0 views

  • I heard a vice-president of IBM tell an audience of people assembled to redesign the process of teacher certification that in his opinion this country became computer-literate by self-teaching, not through any action of schools. He said 45 million people were comfortable with computers who had learned through dozens of non-systematic strategies, none of them very formal; if schools had pre-empted the right to teach computer use we would be in a horrible mess right now instead of leading the world in this literacy.
  • In modern society, said Dewey, people would be defined by their associations--not by their own individual accomplishments. It such a world people who read too well or too early are dangerous because they become privately empowered, they know too much, and know how to find out what they don't know by themselves, without consulting experts
  • Dewey said the great mistake of traditional pedagogy was to make reading and writing constitute the bulk of early schoolwork.
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  • New York State, for instance, employs more school administrators than all of the European Economic Community nations combined.
  • rederich Froebel, the inventor of kindergarten in 19th century Germany, fashioned his idea he did not have a "garden for children" in mind, but a metaphor of teachers as gardeners and children as the vegetables.
  • Kindergarten was created to be a way to break the influence of mothers on their children.
  • Violence, narcotic addictions, divorce, alcoholism, loneliness...all these are but tangible measures of a poverty in education.
    Interesting. John Taylor Gotto on education and the value of less rather than more school. He mentions that the best programmers are self-taught.
Sarah Hanawald

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  • Blogs on Educational Blogging
    In case you were looking for more reading material. . .
susan  carter morgan

Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory - 0 views

  • the learner's brain will do everything possible to look for something more interesting.
  • The most compelling and motivating reason/benefit is almost always the thing you say only after you've answered at least three "Yeah, but WHY do I care?" questions.
  • Those who have taught a topic have a big advantage writing about it--they've fielded the questions and watched people struggle.
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  • Remember, it's never about you. It's about how the learner feels about himself as a result of the learning experience
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