Half-finished or half-baked? 004

Random musings. Half-finished (and quite possibly half-baked) thoughts.

Things that have caught my eye...

Interesting perspectives on the infamous software study

  • "The Education Dept. has missed an opportunity to truly analyze what works in education"
  • "How
  • can a technology that is transforming the way we acquire information

    throughout the economy - revolutionizing businesses from games to

    banking - fail to benefit education?"

  • "The
  • news media at large were gullible, incurious, and downright lazy ...

    The ill effects of their sloth likely will undermine education efforts

    for years to come


    Are we infantilizing adolescents?

    The digital Taliban?

    Attendance, technology, and placing blame

    It's all about the leadership ...

    ... but we have to give them some decision-making power

    Wiki wiki wa, wiki wa, wiki wiki wa


    Unconscious racism

    The way data-driven decision-making ought to be

    Global challenge

    Accountability for teacher prep programs

    Violence in schools

    • If you were worried about violence in American schools, check out this UNESCO report.

    A national platform for an anti-evolution Kansan?

    • In the last 8 years, Kansas has twice had an anti-evolution state

    board of education and twice replaced it with a pro-evolution state

    board of education. The latest news from the whipsawed state is that

    one of the remaining anti-evolution board members is running unopposed for the presidency of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

    When standards shift

    Annie has the final word

    If we stop using the tools of the real world at the school door, then what does school have to do with the world of the student? [at the FPS Technology Focus Blog]

    Stress is contagious–but resilience can be too

    The way that you think about stress can actually transform the effect that it has on you – and others.

    Big Think Edge
    • Stress is contagious, and the higher up in an organization you are the more your stress will be noticed and felt by others.
    • Kelly McGonigal teaches "Reset your mindset to reduce stress" for Big Think Edge.
    • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
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    5 short podcasts to boost your creativity and success

    These quick bursts of inspiration will brighten your day in 10 minutes or less.

    Personal Growth

    Podcasts can educate us on a variety of topics, but they don't have to last an hour or more to have an impact on the way you perceive the world. Here are five podcasts that will boost your creativity and well-being in 10 minutes or less.

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    Philosopher Alan Watts: 'Why modern education is a hoax'

    Explore a legendary philosopher's take on how society fails to prepare us for education and progress.

    Alan Watts.
    Personal Growth
    • Alan Watts was an instrumental figure in the 1960s counterculture revolution.
    • He believed that we put too much of a focus on intangible goals for our educational and professional careers.
    • Watts believed that the whole educational enterprise is a farce compared to how we should be truly living our lives.
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    Mining the Moon

    How can we use the resources that are already on the Moon to make human exploration of the satellite as economical as possible?

    The All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE), a prototype heavy-lift utility vehicle to support future human exploration of extraterrestrial surfaces, at right, is parked beside the Habitat Demonstration Unit - Pressurized Excursion Module (HDU-PEM), at left, a concept off-Earth living and work quarters for astronauts stationed on asteroids, the moon or Mars, 15 September 2010. Photo by: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
    Technology & Innovation

    If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. That's because there's no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling minus 170 C (minus 274 F). If the lack of air or horrific heat or cold don't kill you then micrometeorite bombardment or solar radiation will. By all accounts, the Moon is not a hospitable place to be.

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