The most intriguing topic of the past week was discovering that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been subsidizing research into something called "galvanic skin response monitors." This research is intended to develop a bracelet that may be worn regularly by students and teachers to gauge their physiological reactions to what is happening in the classroom.
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June 16, 2012
June 14, 2012
What both countries seem to be engaged in is how to move closer to the other, without losing the strengths of each. And, of course, their "purposes" are not wholly in synch. Both want to strengthen their economies, but the Chinese state schools are not trying also to produce feisty and critical citizens for a democracy.
June 06, 2012
She made clear that it wasn't for me to think. But even more serious, I had missed the whole point: "Hadn't I read the curriculum guide?"
May 16, 2012
We have three very serious flaws to deal with. One is that the skill involved in doing well on reading and math tests do not constitute something worthy of the name "academic achievement." Such a claim dumbs down "academia" in ways that do serious damage.
May 10, 2012
our nation's most pressing educational problem remains the opportunity gap between the children of the haves and those of the have-nots; this gap has grown with the mounting social inequality of the last 40 years.
May 02, 2012
You and I should be devoting more energy to considering what our "utopian" solutions might be, as well as the next steps for getting there. What's the direction, the criteria, the underlying precepts that should drive our vision of the future of schooling for educating the next generation?
April 26, 2012
There's always a lot of blame, from the media, from citizens on the street, and now from their own bosses. The numbers are never enough to satisfy. And sometimes all available choices lead to a public dressing down, or a threat of dismissal.
April 17, 2012
Does she really think that students will learn more if their teachers live in fear? How can she feel good about leading a campaign to turn public education into a for-profit enterprise and reduce teaching to a job, not a profession.
April 10, 2012
The Scholastic-Gates Survey says in its conclusion that "On average, teachers work about 11 hours and 25 minutes a day."
April 03, 2012
We dumb down young people's education early by suggesting that in democracy it's one vote for every one person.