People Kissing

Under-Age Sexting; Mandatory iPads; Teaching Math; Commonwealth Kisses: It’s Required Readings!

Under-age British teenagers are warned about the legal implications of texting explicit images to each other.   A school is accused of fostering bullying and creating a two-tier system by asking parents to buy iPads for their children to use in classes.   The ways in which math is taught in the USA are brought into question.   And finally, moving away from education, the Commonwealt... »

Corgi puppy with a bone

Pop Quiz: Indulgence

For me summer is a time for vacations and to indulge myself.  At different times in my life different things have been the height of indulgence.  A week vacation away from everything, a well-made meal, and a trip to the masseuse have all been on the list, but recently I have found the thing that has expanded my list and bypassed all of those things.  What is this thing that is more indulgent than ... »

Charter school PR, freeform study, coding, a glittering bible curriculum, the lionfish story, and plagiarism: Required Readings, 7.22.14

Charter school PR, freeform study, coding, a glittering bible curriculum, the lionfish story, and plagiarism: Required Readings, 7.22.14

Today’s case study in critical thinking and information evaluation comes to us from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which distributed an 18-page “messaging notebook” at a recent conference. Among the contents is a “Say This, Not This” section that suggests replacing words like application and consumers for, respectively, enrollment form and families.... »

Boy on the world reading

The Great Didactic: All the young of both sexes should be sent to school

Chapter 9 – All the young of both sexes should be sent to school I was going to clean up my language when I published this post.  I wrote the original a week ago and then set it aside.  During that time my anger subsided and I really was going to cut out the cursing, but then as I was preparing this post I reread the quotes and I got angry again.  So needless to say there is some not safe for work... »

A pile of US $100 bills

Is it okay to dance with the devil for a good cause – like funding your graduate students?

Summer is conference time for scientists and I just got back from a fantastic one in Australia.  The Great Barrier Reef  science was quite fun and educational.  In between seminars as we are wont to do, we talked funding and how tight things are these days.  One’s chances of getting an NSF or NIH grant are seemingly declining with every grant cycle.  This has led professors, departments and univer... »

Cat Tired of Studying

The Great Didactic: A.K.A. The Great Slog

Chapter 7 and 8: The Title Pretty Much Says it all Recently I was thinking about the foundation of our education system and its philosophical underpinnings. As I was doing this it dawned on me that I have only ever really read about this philosophy and I never read the original texts. One of my summer goals is to sprinkle a little knowledge into the mix of my fluffy summer novel reading, so I am r... »

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