Playing the game: academics have bought into the competition and become complicit in their exploitation — Impact of Social Sciences

The managerialist logic that has permeated universities has had a clear impact on academic work. To Senia Kalfa, Adrian Wilkinson and Paul J. Gollan, academia has become like a game, with academics competing with each other for just a handful of permanent positions and focused completely on accumulating the capital (publications, grant income, etc.) needed…

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Weekly Digest #117: The Relationship between Mental Health and Cognition — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

With the recent rise in mental health issues in young people (and academics), the manner in which those mental health issues affects cognitive performance becomes a serious consideration for those in education. We at the Learning Scientists recognize the importance of mental health. We have talked about taking care of yourself, work life balance, and…

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Oregon High Schools: Smarter Balanced, No, Wait, ACT/SAT, No, Wait, Smarter Balanced. But Those Opt-Outs… — deutsch29

In spring 2017, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) unilaterally decided to drop Smarter Balanced assessments for high school beginning in 2018-19 and replace with either ACT or SAT. After stakeholder response, ODE changed its decision. Oregon school districts want the right to decide whether they change from Smarter Balanced to some other “nationally recognized” […]

via Oregon High Schools: Smarter Balanced, No, Wait, ACT/SAT, No, Wait, Smarter Balanced. But Those Opt-Outs… — deutsch29

A traditional approach to a traditional word problem in algebra — traditional math

I saw this problem a few days ago and it got me thinking how I would present it in my algebra class: “An airplane can fly 550 miles with the wind in the same amount of time it takes to fly 425 miles against the wind. Find the speed of the wind, if the airplane […]

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The Gerrymander Case: Who Speaks for the Country? — IVN.us

The Gerrymander Case: Who Speaks for the Country? On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the “gerrymander” case. In Gill v. Whitford, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 3692, 138 S. Ct. 1916, 2018 WL 3013807, Democratic Party members claimed that their rights were violated because there was a gap between the percentage of votes the Party…

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Contrary to common belief, randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results — Impact of Social Sciences

Much of the social and medical sciences depend on randomised control trials. But while this may be considered the foundational experimental method, a certain degree of bias inevitably arises in any trial; whether this is sample bias, selection bias, or measurement bias. This is important as the level of validity of a trial’s causal claims…

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Weekly Digest #116: Getting Ready for Effective Teaching — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

It’s only 53 days to September 1st, so a lot of us are thinking about starting to get ready for the Fall (perhaps not quite getting ready yet – but thinking about it!). There are some teaching strategies that are harder to implement once the school year starts, and much easier with a little planning.…

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Domain-Specific Knowledge: 1, Domain-Independent Skills: 0 — 3-Star learning experiences

Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner In both the workplace and education, there’s a lot of talk about so-called ‘domain-independent skills’, also called ‘generic’ or ‘transferable’ skills. In general, the perceived need for those skills is based on the premise that we currently live in a knowledge-based new economy, and the associated pressures for lifelong […]

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Do you sometimes wonder why the Seattle Times does so many puff pieces on Bill Gates and his failed education initiatives? — Seattle Education

It’s become clear to folks outside the circle of educators and public education advocates that all of Bill Gates ideas on how other children should be educated have failed and for many reasons. Bill Gates is not an educator, never taught one day in his life in a public school, never took classes in education […]

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Schools minister denies Sats place undue stress on pupils — Education | The Guardian

Teaching unions say the government’s accountability measures reduce children to tearsThe schools minister, Nick Gibb, has rejected accusations that the government’s school accountability measures place undue stress on children, as the results for this year’s national tests showed improved performances in English and maths.Teaching unions in England have argued that the pressure resulting from standard…

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