Diigo in Education

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

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So a lot of public education was, in fact, concerned with trying to teach independent people to become workers in an industrial system.

we have to train them in obedience and servility, so they're not going to think through the way the world works and come after our throats.

One can at least be suspicious that skyrocketing student debt is a device of indoctrination
  • My landlord in Edinburgh, Peter Sinclair, used to say that students do not protest these days because they all have loans to pay. - Rafael Morales

"the failures of the institutions responsible for indoctrinating the young."

It's not just you learned how a mosquito flies in the rain, but you learn how to be creative and why it's exciting to learn things and create things and make up new things. And that can be done from kindergarten on

There are a lot of factors. And one of them, probably, is just that students are trapped

First of all, the existence of the advertising industry is a sign of the unwillingness to let markets function. If you had markets, you wouldn't have advertising. Like, if somebody has something to sell, they say what it is and you buy it if you want. But when you have oligopolies, they want to stop price wars

there's no real economic reason for high-priced higher education and skyrocketing student debt

It doesn't matter how much you learn in school; it's whether you learn how to go on and do things by yourself

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by: Rafael Morales


Touchspin - |          |

Comments:

  • Nice set of virtual manipulatives - useful for teaching pre-algebra concepts and more. - danthomander

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by: danthomander


Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

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  • "Everybody was a good student. The kids were just encouraged to do what they like to do and what was best, and there was a structure; there was a program. It's not you ran around doing anything you felt like. I skipped a grade, but I didn't pay any attention and no one else paid any attention. Just that I was the smallest kid in the class, but the idea that somebody is a good student; somebody is not a good student - it just never arose. There were tests, but they just gave information about what's going on. This is something we ought to be doing better.
    The kids weren't ranked; there were no grades. There's a lot of cooperative work and cooperative projects and they encouraged us. You know, study, challenging questions, and it was extremely successful. I remember everything very well. I went into the academic high school and it's kind of like a black hole. I was able to get all As and a scholarship to go into college. I might well not have gone, except for what I learned on my own." - Mark Johnstone

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Everybody was a good student. The kids were just encouraged to do what they like to do and what was best, and there was a structure; there was a program. It's not you ran around doing anything you felt like. I skipped a grade, but I didn't pay any attention and no one else paid any attention. Just that I was the smallest kid in the class, but the idea that somebody is a good student; somebody is not a good student - it just never arose. There were tests, but they just gave information about what's going on. This is something we ought to be doing better.

The kids weren't ranked; there were no grades. There's a lot of cooperative work and cooperative projects and they encouraged us. You know, study, challenging questions, and it was extremely successful. I remember everything very well. I went into the academic high school and it's kind of like a black hole. I was able to get all As and a scholarship to go into college. I might well not have gone, except for what I learned on my own.

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by: Mark Johnstone


3D Alphabet Templates - Mr Printables

Comments:

  • "If you’re looking for more wall art ideas for kids rooms, here are free printable 3D alphabet templates including all the letters from A to Z that you can print and make, to spell any words or phrases you like" - Roland Gesthuizen

Tags: alphabet, printables, PaperCraft, 3Dmodelling, template

by: Roland Gesthuizen


About Us | Betaversity | Making Room For Creativity

Comments:

  • "Betaversity is an education technology company that creates and supports collaborative prototyping spaces for post-secondary schools. We use the latest rapid prototyping technology and design thinking methodologies to help students learn by doing.

    We are a product-driven company that manufactures, rents, and sells BetaBox Mobile Prototyping Labs. These mobile lab facilities help schools maximize student satisfaction while minimizing expenses." - Thieme Hennis

Tags: university, creativity, company, making, prototyping, education, electronics, hacks

by: Thieme Hennis


MOOCing It: 10 Tips for Creating Compelling Video Content | Edutopia

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  • Nice overview of how to deliver a video lesson either flipped or online learning. - Tim Cooper

Tags: screencast, Flipped Classroom, flipped, tools

by: Tim Cooper


DocumentCloud

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by: robert morris


Random Thoughts on History: Why does history keep changing?

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  • Read this article about why history changes and answer the questions that are the sticky notes throughout the article. - Julie Sully

But, how we view something of the past is largely due to our own past and present experiences.

  • What do you think the author means in the highlighted text "but how we view something of the past is largely due to our own past and present experiences"?
    - Julie Sully

Secondly, but along the same lines as the above explanation, is that the people writing history change as well

The social changes of the 1960s and 1970s brought many women historians into what had largely been a male dominated field and introduced new perspectives and told new stories that had previously been undiscovered (unfortunately, due to lack a of male interest) or ignored (unfortunately, due to a lack of male interest).

  • What new perspective could women bring to the study of history? Why would it be different then a mans perspective? - Julie Sully

History was once written largely only through limited primary sources; letters, journals, diaries, and newspapers, and of course, secondary sources-what others had already written. But historians not so long ago began to "think outside the box," and by using sources such as estate

inventories, court documents, and even oral histories, these historians opened up a world of new information.

Locating new information of course changed how we saw events of the past, and only naturally new interpretations developed...and in this way one could say history changed.

  • How would new information change history?  - Julie Sully

Lastly, and related to the third, is that the availability of research sources have changed...largely through technology

All of this makes researching much easier and much less frustrating for the historian, and it allows him or her more time to make critical decisions, and to explore avenues that would not otherwise be considered.

  • Why would having access to all of these resources benefit historians? - Julie Sully

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by: Julie Sully


Why some schools are giving letter grades a fail - The Globe and Mail

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Instead of reporting to parents only two or three times a year, teachers began regularly communicating using an online student portfolio system called Fresh Grade.

ritish education researchers Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam published a widely-cited article demonstrating how increasing descriptive feedback raises student academic achievement

Instead of Ms. Samson telling students how they are doing, they are expected to articulate to her what they learned in class, how it relates to their learning goals and where they’re struggling.

standardized tests don’t predict later life success such as employment and income level

Ms. Samson is still required to give students a letter grade at the end of each semester, but the letters have taken on a whole new meaning to her and her students.

The move away from grades matches a growing belief among employers that traditional assessment is not the best way to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s world.

Tags: schools, giving, letter, grades, public, private

by: Matt Renwick


http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/adler.html

Comments:

  • Article: "How to Mark a Book"

    This article explains the importance of marking up a book in order to take ownership of it. - Michael Del Muro
  • Also, this helps counter the idea of marking text just to mark it or close reading just to say you read it closely. Note-taking and close reading require reading purposefully. - deniseahlquist

Tags: Adler, reading, annotation, IB

by: Michael Del Muro


10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling - The Oatmeal

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by: Sandie Toohey


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