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Does your classroom put the cart before the horse?

Most people assume formal education is a process of individual development from being heavily assisted at the age of 5, moving on to only requiring …

Pedagogy

The Fall of Nanjing as My Grandmother Lived It

The story of a desperate young woman's escape from Japan’s bloody siege.<p>On December 13, 1937, my grandmother, a woman of barely 22 years named Wein-Shiu Liu Chou, heard the steady barrage of artillery from Imperial Japanese troops as they began their final assault on Nanjing, her hometown in China. …

To This Day

Stretch Goal: The Power of a Good Mentor

By: Laura Ramsey | Manager, Oracle Database Developer Communities<p>We've heard it all before. Get a mentor.<p>No matter the industry or profession, …

Prepare for failure and it will lead to success

<i>This is part of a series looking at micro skills – changes that employees can make to improve their health and life at work and at home, and employers can make to improve the workplace. The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies</i> …

The screen time debate is pitting parents against each other

As the backlash against smartphones builds, and science lags, parents are waging a fraught battle with their kids and other parents<p>Before the smartphone backlash, before apps were likened to cigarettes for kids or Facebook co-founder Sean Parker mused that “God knows what it’s doing to our …

Parenting

A Principal’s Perspective: The Importance of School Culture

And, really, what leader wouldn’t want a more energized and motivated staff?<p>While there is no exhaustive list of the most effective strategies for …

Teaching

Restorative Justice in School: An Overview

<b>Listen to my interview with Victor Small (transcript):</b><p>Sponsored by Pear Deck and Peergrade<p>This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a …

Teaching

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom | MindShift

A challenge for many public and cash-strapped schools is that this hands-on, project-based learning approach needs to be directly supported by the …

Why Even 'Good' Schools Benefit From Trying Fresh Ideas

“We can check off a ton of boxes on the stuff we need to cover while still making it interesting and connecting the dots between things,” Walach …

6 Education Theorists All Teachers Should Know Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Posted on December 7, 2015<p>The 6 Education Theorists All Teachers Should Know present 6 people that did some of the major research in education.<p><b>Lev</b> …

Pedagogy

U.S. quits UNESCO, the U.N.'s educational and cultural agency. Israel immediately follows suit

Citing what it described as “anti-Israel bias” and a need for “fundamental reform,” the United States announced Thursday that it would withdraw from the<p>United Nationsagency that works to protect cultural and natural heritage sites across the globe.<p>Israel has apparently followed suit, with media …

What America Taught the Nazis

In the 1930s, the Germans were fascinated by the global leader in codified racism—the United States.<p>There was no more extravagant site for Third Reich political theater than the spectacular parade grounds, two large stadiums, and congress hall in Nuremberg, a project masterminded by Albert Speer. …

Political Science

Is Mindfulness Meditation BS? | WIRED

Going Up<p>Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to enlightenment? Yes<p>by Robert Wright | illustrations by Valero Doval<p>08.12.17<p>It’s hard …

The Order of Lenin: ‘Find Some Truly Hard People’

“Archives are power,” Kirill Mikhailovich Anderson, the former director of the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History in Moscow, once remarked to me. He was talking about the first director of the Marx-Engels Institute, founded in 1919: An old Bolshevik, David Riazanov had little patience …

Communist Party

Creative Insults in World Politics

A collection of decidedly undiplomatic disses<p>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruffled a few feathers this week by calling everyone who offended him a Nazi, starting with the Germans and winding his way over to the Netherlands. But as Godwin’s Law decrees, invoking the Nazis is the easy way …

Human Rights

[Opinion] Three years of illegal occupation of Crimea

Russia disregards not only the very fabric of international law but also the basic rights of thousands of Ukrainian citizens in Crimea.<p>Such actions …

Let’s use Ryan Lochte and Hope Solo’s cases to talk about gender equality

A triumphant Olympics for the U.S. team – especially all those golden female athletes – has come with some nasty aftershocks, raising more potential questions about gender inequality.<p>Let's start with Hope Solo, who was suspended for six months and effectively kicked off the national women's soccer …

When it comes to creating inclusive classrooms, there is no cookie-cutter approach

From the moment he woke up each morning, Gabriel Koerner resisted going to school. By the time he was cajoled out of bed and went to use the toilet, Gabriel would be sobbing. At the sight of his school bus arriving to pick him up, he’d try to run away.<p>After years of seeing her son struggle at …

A Chinese dynasty with a 21st-century outlook

Be prepared, warns Nathan VanderKlippe, as Justin Trudeau and other world leaders converge on China: The People's Republic is suddenly seeking inspiration from its glorious imperial past<p>Under the clear blue sky his country had manufactured for the occasion (by closing factories for miles), Xi …

Victory by any margin would mean a mandate for Trump, but not Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not merely campaigning for election. They are positioning themselves for power after the election. And whichever one prevails in the November election will inevitably claim a mandate.<p>This is one of those political words – administration is another – that has …

Why Is America Still Saying ‘Never Again’?

Despite an administration change and major shifts in patterns of terrorism, the federal government is still taking a maximalist approach to homeland security.<p>The turbulent months after the 9/11 attacks were notable for something that did not happen. Even though al-Qaeda had killed thousands of …

Political Science

A Proposal to Ban the Veil in Germany

The interior minister said the facial covering favored by some Muslim women “doesn't fit in with our open society.”<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday the face veil, or burqa, worn by some Muslim women “doesn’t fit in with our open society” and called for the garment …

Muslim Women

Teacher lobbying for Ontario schools to eliminate racist team names, mascots | Toronto Star

Using symbols like headdresses and feathers out of context is troubling, said White.<p>“It’s about the context and it’s also about (the fact) that it’s …

Toronto

Just Paying Teachers More Won’t Stop Them From Quitting

Most educators don’t leave the classroom for higher pay.<p>At every stage, getting and keeping teachers in U.S. classrooms has become a challenge. Longtime teachers are retiring while mid-career and novice teachers are leaving for other pursuits. According to the National Center for Education …

Education

Russian and Ukrainian versions of the Crimea “sabotage plot”

This is a straightforward comparison by Stopfake between Russian and Ukrainian versions of the supposed “sabotage plot” which was “thwarted” by …

Russia

I Asked Academia's Most Vocal Critic Why College Is a Waste

"There was a time when the university was a place of the mind where you expected academic freedom, where if you graduated from that university you'd actually be an educated person. Those things aren't necessarily true anymore."<p>I graduated from college in 2011, right in the middle of the recession. …

Higher Education

How Can Schools Teach Students Not to Cheat?

Last week, Paul Barnwell worried that academics are crowding out character education in schools. Some readers pointed out how lessons in ethics and morality could be integrated with academics. But meanwhile, according to Barnwell, the pressure seems to have given students a worrying obsession with …

Education

What If High School Were More Like Kindergarten?

Students in the U.S. are being taught to focus only on becoming educated.<p>I have a strange-looking, handmade bust of Yoda sitting atop my desk at school. I made this statue in a high-school art class because the teacher asked us to create a life-like bust of a human face. While molding my sculpture, …

Education

Are Academics Crowding Out Ethics?

Paul Barnwell, who teaches high school English in Kentucky, wrote a story for us last week about students’ broken moral compasses. As he argues, pressure to ensure their students meet high academic standards has led schools to skip over important discussions about ethics and character, narrowly …

High School