This Scientist’s Ideas Of What Testing Does To Kids Is Really, Really On Point
There are certain skills that schools need to make sure kids have. The ol’ “Reading, Writing, Arithmetic” is a starting point, but there's an entire realm of education that our kids need to know — and some are not getting it.
Lawrence Krauss here asserts here that perhaps equally important as "The Three R's" is teaching the ability to think.
To reason, to find answers after asking questions. That is, after all, the essence of learning once you get past the basics.
When things kinda go off the rails is when local school boards get to decide what is taught. Those are largely made up of individuals who have no educational training. Sometimes, school board members even come from extremist backgrounds, and what the students are required to learn then suffers accordingly.
In fact, due in part to those very same school boards, some schools have curricula that includes challenging evolution as well as the fact that climate change is real.
This is not how our future generations will make it in the world.
I think a fair middle-ground is to teach things like “Intelligent Design” in religion and social studies classes, rather than in science class.
But teaching the ability to think is still key. Watch:
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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