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By Dimitris Tzouris | Education FWD (forward) is a carefully curated collection of articles on education or education technology.

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers<p>By William Deresiewicz<p>June 1, 2008<p>It didn’t dawn on me …


Even teachers now say that academics are not the key to kids’ success

To many, increasing automation and the unprecedented pace of technological changes mean kids need more than just academic skills to succeed. They need confidence and motivation to tackle problems, interpersonal skills to work with others and the resilience to stay on task when things fall apart.<p>New …


What every teacher should know about ... memory

In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory<p>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – …


The Future of Work Is Uncertain, Schools Should Worry Now

The rapidly evolving nature of the workplace has schools struggling to prepare students for jobs that might not exist yet.

The Workplace

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.<p>My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither …


The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video

As a physics professor, I have two jobs. The first, obviously, is to help students understand physics. That makes me something of a coach. But I want …


Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child

Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Now a new book questions our fixation with IQ and says adults can help almost any child become gifted<p>Join us on Thursday 3 August for an online Q&A looking at what parents and teachers can do to boost children’s brainpower<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at …


Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman has since levered the prestige and power of that prize to call attention to the need to transform undergraduate teaching, especially science education.<p>Wieman's …


Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Writing stories is a craft that is crucial for life. And if the government insists, you can test it, measure it and use it in commerce, too<p>A report in the Times has quoted a secondary school teacher who complained that their year 7 intake no longer knew how to tell a story. “They knew what a …


Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life

Research shows that teaching kids things like perseverance and self-control can improve their health, academic achievement, and happiness in life.<p>But teaching character, or social and emotional learning, has proven dicey. The science was sometimes squishy, the curriculum often felt driven by those …


Science classes won’t future-proof our children. But dance might

Focusing exclusively on science, maths and tech is misguided. Future workers will need the creativity that only the arts teach<p>Prince George is going to learn ballet. He will wear tights and black shoes, and join girls in pink shoes and tutus, to learn the plié, the relevé and the sauté. He will do …


That 12-year-old screaming at you while playing “Call of Duty” might actually be gaming for school

The mud-soaked and fog-blanketed World War I-inspired landscapes of <i>Battlefield 1</i> can be brutal environments. Hundreds of thousands of gamers log on daily to shred airborne opponents while piloting fighter planes like the Red Baron and gallop across the desert like Lawrence of Arabia. But the vast …

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Stanford researchers show we’re sending many children to school way too early

Parents wondering whether to wait a year to send their kids to kindergarten, take note: A new study from Stanford University shows that Danish kids who postponed kindergarten for up to one year showed dramatically higher levels of self-control.<p>“We found that delaying kindergarten for one year …


In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant

A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future<p>In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?<p>Children learn …


Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’ – It’s Your Turn

They might be skills, but they’re not soft<p><b>Are you good at your job?</b><p>Different, easier question: Was Ty Cobb good at baseball?<p>The apocryphal story is …


And their eyes glazed over

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?<i>By Joelle Renstrom</i>Read at …


Promoting Active Learning with Fitbits

Wearable technology is becoming a part of our daily lives. I hardly take a step that is not counted on my Fitbit. This device not only motivates me …

Wearable Tech

Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

Being an air-traffic controller is not easy. At the heart of the job is a cognitive ability called ‘situational awareness’ that involves ‘the …

Critical Thinking

10 Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

<i>This is a first draft and I am trying to learn through reflection. Would love your thoughts on the ideas below.</i>People have come to loathe the term …

TED Talks

A Manifesto Against ‘Parenting’

Caring for children shouldn’t be like carpentry, with a finished product in mind. We should grow our children, like gardeners<p>By<p>Alison Gopnik<p>A strange thing happened to mothers and fathers and children at the end of the 20th century. It was called “parenting.” As long as there have been human …


5 'Weird' Schools That Are Challenging How Students Learn

High school: a time of both drama and drudgery. The school experience is typically a less exciting version of a Hollywood movie plot. However, the …


The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics

column | Community<p>The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick<p>By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     …


Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It?

Opinion | Community<p>Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It?<p>By Andrew Rikard     Aug 10, 2015<p>Shutterstock<p>Universities across the country are giving …


Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

Do you entertain your kids with chess camp, art school, cooking classes, or tennis lessons during the unstructured summer months? Or perhaps all of them?<p>There are activities and summer camps galore to fill children’s time and supply much needed childcare when kids are out of school. But …


What Makes a Good Teacher?

You may never be as funny, approachable, or creative as your favorite teacher — the key is to try.


13, right now

Published on May 25, 2016<p>She slides into the car, and even before she buckles her seat belt, her phone is alight in her hands. A 13-year-old girl after a day of eighth grade.<p>She says hello. Her au pair asks, “Ready to go?”<p>She doesn’t respond, her thumb on Instagram. A Barbara Walters meme is on the …


My Desk-Free, Student-First Classroom

After sixteen years of teaching, I decided to get rid of one of the most basic features of a traditional classroom: desks.Continue reading on Bright »

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How Blockchain Will Disrupt the Higher Education Transcript

Credentialing<p>Blockchain technology could offer a more learner-centered alternative to traditional credentialing.<p>Last year, the MIT Media Lab began …