Making Students Knowledge Producers, Not Passive Consumers
How do you lift a poem out of history and "into your own history"?
The Nantucket Project, a festival of ideas on Nantucket, MA, is described by its founders as having reached version 2.0. What does that mean? Instead of this event existing as a mutual admiration society, founder Tom Scott says he wants the ideas that are planted as seeds on Nantucket to grow into actionable ideas.
One of the speakers that exemplified that maturation process this year is Harvard professor Lisa New. Inspired by a panel discussion at the 2012 Nantucket Project on MOOCs, New decided to develop a Harvardx American poetry course.
The course offers students the opportunity in a very hands-on way "to think through a poem," New says, which needs to be a very active process. The idea is to lift a poem out of history, New says, and "into your own history."
In a conversation with Big Think co-founder and CEO, Victoria Brown, New says that at the center of her course is conversation - between students, teachers and other experts - and these conversations are used to transform students "from passive consumers of knowledge to producers of knowledge."
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
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The lawsuit claims the administration violated the First Amendment when it revoked the press credentials of reporter Jim Acosta.
- CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials were revoked following a heated exchange with President Donald Trump on November 8.
- The network filed a lawsuit against the administration on Tuesday, claiming the administration has violated multiple amendments.
- The White House may only revoke the press credentials of journalists for "compelling reasons," not for reasons involving content.
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Schizophrenia is one of the most widely misunderstood of human maladies. The truth of the illness is far different from popular caricatures of a sufferer muttering incoherently or lashing out violently. People with schizophrenia are, in fact, not more likely to be violent than people without schizophrenia. About one per cent of the worldwide population has schizophrenia, affecting men and women, rich and poor, and people of all races and cultures. It can be treated with medication and psychosocial treatments, though the treatments don't work well for every person and for every symptom. Most of all, it impacts everything that makes us human: the way one thinks, the way one behaves, and the way one feels – particularly the ability to experience pleasure.
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