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Thoughts on Education

From the Analects of Confucius: “I do not instruct the uninterested; I do not help those who fail to try. If I mention one corner of a subject and the pupil does not deduce therefrom the other three, I drop … Continue reading

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More Response to Questions in Foundations of Educational Theory

Question: How are such things as personal values and living conditions connected to education? What do you believe are the implications of these connections for education in America? Please explain your answer fully. My response: Personal values have played a … Continue reading

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Question from my Foundations of Educational Theory Class

Is it the family’s or schools’ responsibility to make sure children are educated about their own cultural heritage? Please consider how values training is already a part of a teacher’s curriculum. My response (part of the assignment requires that we … Continue reading

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Gifted and Talented Education

A month back I made a post on Facebook about funding for Gifted and Talented Students as compared to funding for Special Education. Here is the paper I was writing at the time. ******* Gifted and Talented Students: Equality’s Stepchildren … Continue reading

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EE-gor or EYE-gor?

I knew the name Malcolm Gladwell, and that his writings on IQ, heredity, and statistics were held in low regard by people who work in those areas. Then I read this review by Steven Pinker of Gladwell’s latest book: What … Continue reading

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Adults: Potential Perverts; or No Cost Is Too High If It Saves Even One Child

Here’s a link to a story about Louisiana requiring that all electronic teacher-student communications be documented. This reminds me of an earlier story out of Britain where parents were kept outside of a playground, away from their own children, because … Continue reading

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Online versus Face-to-Face learning – the actual report

The SRI study mentioned in my earlier post set out to answer the following questions: 1. How does the effectiveness of online learning compare with that of face-to-face instruction? 2. Does supplementing face-to-face instruction with online instruction enhance learning? 3. … Continue reading

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Online versus Traditional School

According to a New York Time blog article a recent SRI meta-analysis found that students in online courses tested out at the 59th percentile, compared to students in traditional face-to-face courses – who average at the middle – the 50th … Continue reading

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Substitute Teacher Prep Days

The Hawaii public schools started last week. At this point, I haven’t had any calls to substitute teach. So what am I doing now? I’m searching the web for short activities for students – particularly in math and science. One … Continue reading

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Richard Feynman and Bill Gates

Mr. Gates has made Feynman’s 1964 Messenger Lectures available for free on line. Interesting. The introduction is a nice slice of early 60’s academic culture.

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