“She understands everything you say”—a persistent autism meme

The autism movie I watched last week was not an FC movie, but it nonetheless raises a red flag that flies in that general direction. The movie, Music, came out a few months ago and features a non-speaking autistic girl—Music—who is played, controversially, by the non-autistic Maddie Ziegler. This sort of “neurological appropriation” does not […]

“She understands everything you say”—a persistent autism meme — Catherine & Katharine

Interview with Jonathan Rauch on The Constitution of Knowledge 

BY JOHN K. WILSON I interviewed Jonathan Rauch, the author of The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth (Brookings Institution Press, June 2021) via email about his new book. Here are some upcoming online events with Jonathan Rauch about The Constitution of Knowledge: FIRE Faculty Network, June 8, 4pm ET Competitive Enterprise Institute, June 9,…

Interview with Jonathan Rauch on The Constitution of Knowledge  — ACADEME BLOG

Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates

RR Reno: I’m not inclined to hire a graduate from one of America’s elite universities. That marks a change. A decade ago I relished the opportunity to employ talented graduates of Princeton, Yale, Harvard and the rest. Today? Not so much. As a graduate of Haverford College, a fancy school outside Philadelphia, I took interest…

Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates — SIS

ANDREW GUTMANN

Fighting critical race theory and indoctrination in our schools—Welcome to my first newsletterAndrew GutmannJune 11, 2021It has been a whirlwind 7 weeks since my letter to the parents of my daughter’s New York City private school, Brearley, went viral. To me, it feels like 7 years have gone by. I had no expectation that the letter would…

ANDREW GUTMANN — The Concord Review – Will’s Blog

The Nonfiction Authors Association and the metric system

While I have been a professional writer for more than 40 years (including at General Motors Corp. and for more than 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory) on hundreds of nonfiction topics, I have never attempted to publish a nonfiction book before. So, I have approached this situation as I have other professional endeavors […]

The Nonfiction Authors Association and the metric system — More Than A Mile Behind: America and the Metric System

Rosenshine and why teacher effectiveness research still makes sense, but isn’t the full story.

Originally posted on education ruminations: Rosenshine’s (2012) principles of instruction are deservedly having a bit of a moment in education. This is good news, as they are firmly grounded teacher effectiveness research. This, now quite venerable, field has been one of the more successful parts of educational research in providing valid and reliable findings of…

Rosenshine and why teacher effectiveness research still makes sense, but isn’t the full story. — From experience to meaning…

Dartmouth Blindsides Med Students with Shaky Cheating *Evidence*

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

One of my concerns in teaching senior English is that students will cheat on major assignments.

The increasing usage of online technology in my classroom has done little to quell this concern. In my case, I had reason to suspect that an adult completed an online test for one of my students, who then possibly shared those results with friends who also scored suspicious-fabulously. As much as I was miffed, I did not have evidence solid enough to pursue any serious course of action against any individual student. Therefore, I threw out the test and required my students from then on to complete major online assignments during class time, and in class, whenever possible. (Those in quarantine had to log in during class time or during a preset window to complete the assignment, often using Google Meet so that I might monitor the situation.)

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I must be doing something wrong, Dept.

traditional math

Reading comments about teaching on social media is similar to reading about various maladies and diseases in a medical book. You come away thinking you have every one of the illnesses. Similarly, the pithy do’s and don’t’s from various authorities, distilled to one sentence leave me (and others) with the feeling of “Guilty as charged; I must change how I do things.”

Recently, a well known blogger and author quoted another well known figure among the edu-literati Katherine Birbalsingh who is headmistress of the Michaela School in London. The school is well known for getting good results for its students, many of whom come from low-income families and who would otherwise do poorly in other schools.

So of course I took it to heart when I saw her quote:

Always judge yourself by the bottom 5 kids in the class, not the top 5

This is the type…

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New review shows that learning styles aren’t dead yet… (but says also something important about the research)

Learning styles, don’t get me started… It’s an education myth I’m a bit tired of, and that’s a euphemism. Often when giving talks about urban myths about learning and education I tend to think that everybody already knows that e.g. learning styles have been debunked. Most of the time I have to discover that this […]

New review shows that learning styles aren’t dead yet… (but says also something important about the research) — From experience to meaning…

New review discusses the complex reciprocal relation between learning and motivation

We’ve known for a long time now that it’s not as simple as stating that motivation will lead to learning or vice versa. TuongVan Vu and colleagues try to clarify this better in a new review paper (h/t Greg Ashman for pointing me to this paper). The researchers introduce a nice circular diagram summarising the […]

New review discusses the complex reciprocal relation between learning and motivation — From experience to meaning…