Real Innovation in American Classrooms is Way Overdue
Christensen has turned education reform on its head with his strong argument for a new approach to addressing students' individual needs. For example, he says although we have had computers in American classrooms for decades, we haven't used them to our advantage. Teachers have introduced technology to their lessons while sticking to old pedagogical paradigms. In short, computers are treated little different than overhead projectors. Christensen argues for technology to be tailored to an individual student'a aptitude, not a state-mandated average.
Saying no to standards-based eduactional models is certainly the new vogue in pedagogy. Twenty-first century skills, like fluency with technology and syncretic thinking, are the wave of the future.
For more reading on innovation in the classroom, refer to the Education Sector's prescient report on the use of technology in student assessment and debate your thoughts on integrating technology into education at Big Think.
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.
- The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
- Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
- The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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