Trigger warnings don’t help and may hurt students —

Trigger warnings are supposed to protect students from experiencing emotional distress, but the latest research shows that they fail to do so (“College Students Don’t Need Protection from the Truth,” The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16).  In fact, they may actually increase anxiety in students they are supposed to protect. I’ve always felt that if […]

Trigger warnings don’t help and may hurt students —

America is substantially reducing poverty among children

The Economist: It seemed like a blustery overpromise when President Joe Biden pledged in July to oversee “the largest ever one-year decrease in child poverty in the history of the United States”. By the end of the year, however, he will probably turn out to have been correct. Recent modelling by scholars at Columbia University…

America is substantially reducing poverty among children — SIS

Haidt (1963 – ) social intuitionism and campus culture

Jonathan Haidt is Professor of Ethical Leadership at  NYU Stern School Stern School of Business. His research and writing on the psychology of morality have taken him into cultural and political commentary on the nature of moral thinking, especially in political thinking as well as campus culture. His social intuitionalist position, expanded into a general…

Haidt (1963 – ) social intuitionism and campus culture — Donald Clark Plan B

Teach Two Years, Climb Ed Ladder, Score $5M Contract from Brand New RI Gov via Brand New Consulting Firm.

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

I have been following a story in Rhode Island in which new governor, Dan McKee, who took office on March 02, 2021, initiated a bidding process for millions in educational contracts on March 23, 2021, then awarded the lion’s share (just over $5M) to a “consulting firm” that had been formed on March 04, 2021— only two days after McKee took office.

The name of the consulting firm in question is ILO Group.

WPRI.com has two excellent articles on the situation. Some info from the first, dated September 07, 2021:

A brand-new consulting firm has landed a state contract worth over $5 million to help guide Rhode Island’s back-to-school policies, despite charging millions more than a rival with a lengthier track record, a Target 12 investigation has found.

The new company — ILO Group LLC — was incorporated on March 4, two days after Gov. Dan McKee…

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A round-up of alarming articles about U.S. math education

I’ve been meaning to write a post on these four articles, recently shared by Ling Huang on a math education email list I’m part of. In his very powerful piece The Two-Front War on Academic Standards, Maxwell Meyer opens with a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron” (a story I last read about […]

A round-up of alarming articles about U.S. math education — Catherine & Katharine

John Watson (1878 – 1958) – father of behaviourism

John Watson is seen as the father of behaviourism, as his address at Columbia University defined the start of the movement, defining the methodology behind this school of psychology. His research was on animal behaviour, specifically learning in rats. The behaviourist approach to learning also led him to study child rearing, where he took a…

John Watson (1878 – 1958) – father of behaviourism — Donald Clark Plan B

Cohen and Neufeld: The Failure of High Schools and the Progress of Education

This post is a tribute to a seminal essay by David Cohen and Barbara Neufeld, which was published in Daedalus in 1981.  Here’s a link to a PDF of the original.  It’s a piece of writing that had a major impact on my own work (e.g., here and here) and I have assigned it frequently […]

Cohen and Neufeld: The Failure of High Schools and the Progress of Education — David Labaree on Schooling, History, and Writing

Mapping COVID-19’s impact on global student mobility

A newly published joint paper from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and IC3,“International Student Mobility Flows and COVID-19 Realities,” illustrates the great extent to which international student mobility flows shifted in the 20 years from 2000–2020 and suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is altering the decision-making process of prospective students. As you can see…

Mapping COVID-19’s impact on global student mobility — ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment

My talk at #rED21: A science of (learning) teaching?

This is the slide deck that I used at the National ResearchED conference 2021 in London. The talk is based on the following article: Daniel, D. B., & De Bruyckere, P. (2021). Toward an ecological science of teaching. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. (mail me for a copy)

My talk at #rED21: A science of (learning) teaching? — From experience to meaning…