In 1817, during a period of economic hardship following the war with France, a motley crew of stocking-makers, stonemasons, ironworkers and labourers from a Derbyshire village attempted an uprising against the government. It was swiftly and brutally suppressed.
"Imagination is a new formation which is not present in the consciousness of the very young child, is totally absent in animals, and represents a specifically human form of conscious activity. Like all functions of consciousness, it originally arises from action. The old adage that child’s play is imagination in action can be reversed: we can say that imagination in adolescents and schoolchildren is play without action.” (p. 93)
Vygotsky, L. (1978) Mind in Society: The Development of Psychological Processes
"The increasing focus and reliance on standardized tests to evaluate schools and teachers is resulting in cheating. That’s probably inevitable. But it’s also probably minimal. The bigger problem is a more serious type of cheating – one that’s perfectly legal and apparently acceptable. Students are being cheated of a broader education that emphasizes a balance of creativity, extracurricular activities, foreign languages, higher math and science skills and other opportunities due to the over-emphasis on testing for basic math and reading."
“In this global community, we are at once all teachers and learners—changing roles as required, contributing, collaborating, and maybe even working together to re-create the world, regardless of where we are at any given moment.”—Will Richardson
How did Jeanette Winterson recover from the fantastically bad luck of landing in the embrace of a woman who understood motherhood as a daily struggle with the Devil over the ownership of her child’s soul?
“What we notice in stories,” Winterson answers toward the end of her memoir, “is the nearness of the wound to the gift.”
So do you think that in a few years, the incidence of brain-related diseases will drop? Also, what does this say to the psychologists that say people cannot multi-task? —TBH
From the article:
A study has found that people who appear to be constantly distracted have more “working memory”, giving them the ability to hold a lot of information in their heads and manipulate it mentally.
Daniel Levinson, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States, said that those with higher working memory capacity reported “more mind wandering during these simple tasks”, but their performance did not suffer.
The results, published online in the journal Psychological Science, appear to confirm previous research that found working memory allows humans to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously.
Everyone knows maturity has something to do with the ability of “children” to focus on a single task for an extended period of time. Everyone knows a student’s mind wanders when they are bored.
Both of those aside, whether we call it left brain vs right brain or critical thinker vs creative thinker, some - not all - are wired for successful multi-tasking. The performance of creative thinkers is often not harmed by multi-tasking. The same cannot be said for most critical thinkers.
Traditionally, classroom teachers have considered a lack of focus, multi-tasking, to be a problem. Creative multi-taskers are often forced to conform in the classroom - if they want to get a good “grade”. This study supports the value of multi-tasking. But educators should not interpret it to mean that multi-tasking is better!
Today’s technology could be used to transform the educational experience of ALL students! However, it will require a model of education that recognizes the value in student differences. This model cannot be developed as long as Public Education is being STANDARDIZED.
Fluxtime is an interesting tool that allows the user to record actions as they move things around the screen, manually creating the animation. In addition to providing backgrounds and images Fluxtime has an upload option so you can include any images you create or find elsewhere.
she told me an experience she’d had where a little girl had come up to her and said she was really interested in something that came up and she asked could the teacher give her some ideas for how to look into it further
and the teacher was compelled to tell her , I’m sorry but you can’t do that, you have to study to pass this national exam that’s coming , that’s going to determine your future , the teacher didnt say it but it’s going to determine my future whether i’m rehired and so on
the system is geared to getting the children to pass hurdles but not to learn to understand and explore/
”—Noam Chomsky - Noam Chomsky on education (via noam-chomsky)
GOP presidential challenger Rick Santorum faced three tough questions from high school students Friday afternoon on his education, health care and economic policies.
The questions he faced afterward from reporters at an Italian restaurant in suburban Chicago about the year he lived in Illinois seemed almost gentle by comparison.
Seventeen minutes into his speech, the faculty advisor interrupted him.
“Excuse me — I know we’re on a tight schedule here. We have some students who would like to ask some questions if you’re ready to entertain those,” the faculty member said. Santorum nodded.
The 3 questions students got to ask:
“You recently commented on how you don’t believe everyone should go to college,” Becky Pauwels, 17, told Santorum. “Yet countries such as Germany and Japan, whose governments offer college to any motivated student, experience high rates of socio-economic mobility, which, by your own admission and all academic studies, is lagging in the United States.”
Since President Barack Obama proposes expanded access to college and training programs, how do his proposals differ from Obama’s, she asked.
“Your main competitor, Mitt Romney, donated 16.3 percent of his income to charity and you donated only 1.7 percent of your $923,000 salary to charity,” Vucicevic said. “Your explanation was that you have to provide for seven children, one of which has special needs. … How do you expect middle-class Americans who are in similar situations to pay for it? Isn’t your situation the exact reason why we need a universal health care system like most other nations have?”
The auditorium erupted in applause at the question.
Hannah Johnstone asked if Santorum’s economic policies weren’t “just giving the upper 1 percent more of the advantages they had under George Bush’s lower tax rates and deregulatory policies which is very similar to what you are proposing?”
Big news this week: Khan Academy releases an iPad app and the TED organization opens their education channel on YouTube. The Washington Post asks if Khan is education’s future and calls both “the new leaders in education reform“.
“There have been many measures taken to try to turn the educational system towards more control, more indoctrination, more vocational training, imposing a debt, which traps students and young people into a life of conformity… That’s the exact opposite of [what] traditionally comes out of The Enlightenment. And there’s a constant struggle between those. In the colleges, in the schools, do you train for passing tests, or do you train for creative inquiry?”—Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)