Category Archives: Learning

Discussions of learning… by children and adults.

State of the World & Education

I’ve been thinking about how much I’d love to write about how children learn and make sense of the world, how teachers can tap into exciting ways of engaging children in their sense making processes, how teachers can transform classrooms … Continue reading

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Words that Teachers Use

It’s far too easy to fall into the habit of criticizing children (or anybody for that matter). But, the words we use are weapons, are acts of violence. Although they may “just” be words at first, they begin to promote … Continue reading

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The Myth of Teaching & the Myth of the Teacher

Just about every time I hear or see something about teachers and teaching, especially in the popular media, I cringe. The media, politicians, and even teachers themselves perpetuate the “institutional” myths of teachers and teaching. In addition to teaching in … Continue reading

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Most Influential Books

Last week’s post discussed the issue of the books one should read, which implies that you are stupid if you haven’t read, at least most of, them. According to these lists, I must be pretty stupid. I’ve read some, but … Continue reading

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Books Everyone Should Read

Every once in a while a list of books appears on Facebook or in some magazine article. The list is called the “books everyone should read.” On first glance, the list appears harmless enough, but what issues lurk within such … Continue reading

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All Sizzle

For years I’ve used the expression, “all sizzle and no steak,” to describe a variety of situations. When my university decided to spend tens of millions of dollars on a new logo rather than develop new programs that could attract … Continue reading

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Communication & Information – Norbert Wiener’s Paradox

“…We cannot afford to ignore Norbert Wiener’s observation of a paradox that results from our increasing technological capability in electronic communication: as the number of messages increases, the amount of information carried decreases. We have more media to communicate fewer … Continue reading

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What do Schools Teach Children?

Paul Birtwell posted a graphic that listed the following criteria of schooling: What does school really teach children? Truth comes from authority. Intelligence is the ability to remember and repeat. Accurate memory and repetition are rewarded. Non-compliance is punished. Conform … Continue reading

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Habits of Mind

We have these habits of mind in the West where we think along lines that are linear… simple cause and effect. But, the world (outside of simple physical, nonliving events) does not work that way. We must think about the … Continue reading

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Corporatization of Colleges and Universities

“Corporatization of Higher Education” from Salon.com The above linked article from last October is a good short piece on a few of the problems involved in the corporatization of universities. This change in how universities are run is a huge … Continue reading

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