A teacher’s sense of responsibility | johnkenny1

I love teaching because it gives me a sense of responsibility. It is this sense of responsibility that gives my work meaning. Strip away the sense of responsibility teaching gives me and I will no longer love the job as much as I do. This is because responsibility is at the heart of meaning, and it is meaning that truly makes us happy in life. Viktor Frankl, a Jewish man enslaved in Nazi concentration camps during World War 2, observed that those who lost their sense of meaning would surely lose their lives. He volunteered to work in camp ‘hospitals’. Other slaves said he was crazy. Why?…

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Another textbook study: how correct are introductory psychology textbooks? | Pedro

This is becoming a real trend in research, and I for one am supporting this trend. So this time Russell et al have checked 29 textbooks for introductory psychology courses and they focused on what is being taught about intelligence. The good news, a lot is correct, the bad news concerns Howard Gardner MI theory that is outdated and not well-researched and other non-mainstream theories such as Sternberg’s practical intelligence.

What is being taught in those 29 textbooks?

The 10 most common topics in textbooks were IQ (27 books, 93.1%), Spearman’s g (27 books, 93.1%), Gardner’s theory of…

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SAT/ACT may replace state test in California | Joanne

California may let schools replace 11th-grade Smarter Balanced tests with the SAT or ACT, reports CALmatters’ Felicia Mello.

That might encourage college-going, but erode accountability for the state’s high schools.

More than 30 California districts offer a college admission test for free during the school day, to encourage students to apply to college. Some offer test-prep help as well.

But they’re also required to give 11th graders the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced test.

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, has introduced a bill to let school districts “use the…

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The Well-Ordered Life | Larry Sanger

The well-ordered life may be defined as that set of sound beliefs and good practices which are most conducive to productivity and therefore happiness, at least insofar as as happiness depends on productivity.

The well-ordered life has several types of component: goals; projects, which naturally flow from goals, and which are essentially long-term plans; habits, or actions aimed at the goals and which one aims to do regularly; plans for the day or week; assessments, or evaluating the whole, or stock-taking; and, different from all of these, a set of beliefs and states of attention that…

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Parental Alienation Advocates Defend Children Against Dangers of Autonomy (They Say) | Jean Mercer

A Canadian colleague recently sent me an immense document with PowerPoints and summaries of presentations that took place at the conference Children’s Participation in Justice Processes: Finding the Best Ways Forward, sponsored by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, in Calgary, Alberta, Sept. 15-16, 2017. You can see the PowerPoints of this conference through links at  www.findingthebestwaysforward.com/Materials/index.html.

There were some really excellent presentations  given at the conference, best of all in my opinion one by the well-known lawyer Nicholas Bala, who…

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What’s proficient? It’s every state for itself | Joanne

Once upon a time, 45 states adopted Common Core standards and exams — either the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or Smarter Balanced — writes Tracy Dell’Angela in Education Post. There was “some shared understanding of what grade-level proficiency really looks like from Nevada to New Jersey.”

That consensus has shattered.

Illinois plans to replace PARCC with a state-designed exam, reports Stephen Sawchuk in Ed Week. The PARCC consortia peaked at 22 member states and will be down to three — Maryland, New Mexico and New Jersey — plus the District…

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A teacher’s sense of responsibility | johnkenny1

I love teaching because it gives me a sense of responsibility. It is this sense of responsibility that gives my work meaning. Strip away the sense of responsibility teaching gives me and I will no longer love the job as much as I do. This is because responsibility is at the heart of meaning, and it is meaning that truly makes us happy in life. Viktor Frankl, a Jewish man enslaved in Nazi concentration camps during World War 2, observed that those who lost their sense of meaning would surely lose their lives. He volunteered to work in camp ‘hospitals’. Other slaves said he was crazy. Why?…

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