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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bill Gates, Fairy Tales, Technology, High Stakes Testing and the Sunday Education Weekly Reader 06.10.12

The genius-beasts of reform education and their technological "advances"

Welcome to the Sunday Education Reader for 06.10.12.  Tweets of the week include the oft-dismissed learning discipline of memorization, the joys of using social media in the classroom, the harm to the brain using social media, stress reducing behaviors by students because of high stakes testing...and a story coming out of a science fiction novel (or a Bill Gates grant) on how to determine teacher effectiveness.  This last tweet is really unbelievable.  

  • The British system believes fairy tales and memorization of poetry is important in curriculum.  Doesn't sound like American Common Core standards and the emphasis on factual reading....Primary school children to be expected to learn and recite poetry
  •  (The principal) replaced the school's "static, boring" website with what has become a heavily used Facebook page, and his teachers encourage students to research, write, edit, perform and publish their work online.  I hope students' jobs are never boring...it will be quite a shock to the students and expectations of life...Making students literate in the digital age  
  •  Is too much social media a bad thing?....BBC News - Texting at night 'disrupts children's sleep and memory'
  •  “Now I have to worry about this, too? Really? This shouldn’t be what they need to do to get where they want to, ” said Dodi Sklar, after listening to her ninth-grade son, Jonathan, describe how some classmates abuse stimulants....Seeking Academic Edge, Teenagers Abuse Stimulants: At high schools across the United States, pressure over g... nyt

1 comment:

  1. The return to grammar and poetry in England is certainly an improvement. I'm very happy to see that Latin and Greek were among the second languages on the table as possibilities for the students. Rightly taught, classical languages give the student a huge advantage in the study of grammar and syntax, and thus improve reading comprehension.


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