Modern education and culture, or, what did you think would happen? | Larry Sanger

I. Modern education and culture

Look at where we are in education and culture today. Let’s catalog the main issues, shall we?

School children are often not taught to read properly, and too many fall behind and grow up functionally illiterate. Yet students are kept in schools practically all day and are made to do endless amounts of busywork, and then they have to do even more busywork at home. The efficiency of the work they do is appalling, as their textbooks and assignments are all too often ill-conceived, being repetitious, deadly dull, and designed without any consideration for what…

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Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach? (Part 1) | larrycuban

Have the 41 exemplary teachers in integrating technology into daily lessons that I observed and interviewed in Silicon Valley in 2016 changed their practice as a result of using new devices and software?

Straightforward as the question sounds, it is tricky to answer. Why?

In a society geared to constant change as America is, the word has far more positive than negative connotations. Fashions in clothes, car models, gadgets, and hairstyles change every year trumpeting the next new thing to acquire. Both Presidential campaigners Barack Obama in 2008 and Donald Trump in 2016, for example,…

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Chinese students know anyone could be watching | Joanne

Children assemble robots under a live-streaming camera at the Deep Blue Children Robot Center in China. Photo: Yuyang Liu/New York Times

Thousands of schools in China “are installing webcams in classrooms and streaming live on websites that are open to the public,” reports Javier C. Hernández in the New York Times.

Parents in China’s highly competitive system like the chance to observe their children in class. But strangers watch too.

 “What is this boy doing? He’s been looking around doing nothing, like a cat on a hot roof,” one user wrote. “This one is playing with his phone!” added…

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Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach? (Part 1) | larrycuban

Have the 41 exemplary teachers in integrating technology into daily lessons that I observed and interviewed in Silicon Valley in 2016 changed their practice as a result of using new devices and software?

Straightforward as the question sounds, it is tricky to answer. Why?

In a society geared to constant change as America is, the word has far more positive than negative connotations. Fashions in clothes, car models, gadgets, and hairstyles change every year trumpeting the next new thing to acquire. Both Presidential campaigners Barack Obama in 2008 and Donald Trump in 2016, for example,…

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Education is an end in itself not a preparation for the workplace | Pedro

Good post by Carl. I would suggest that those ‘futurists’ read the work by Hannah Arendt.

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to…

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Why Indo-American kids bee good | Joanne

Nihar Janga and Jairam Hathwar were co-champions at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Illustration: Eda Akaltun/Harper’s Magazine

In Bee-Brained, in Harper’s Magazine, Vauhini Vara, a former spelling champ, visits the all-Indian-American North South competition, which includes spelling, vocabulary, math, essay writing, public speaking, “brain bee” and geography contests.

A father named Kalyan Mysore told other spelling dads why his son was competing in vocabulary but not spelling.

“You expend effort in this, you won’t get anything out of it beyond doing well in the spelling bee….

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