This Year.

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On May 09, 2022, my senior English students graduated from high school.

In 2021-22, I had the largest class sizes since I began teaching in 1991.

Our school had a substitute teacher shortage, and to compensate by not missing school and sending my students to the cafeteria or gym or to another teacher during planning, I only missed part of a day in the spring to deliver the eulogy at a friend’s funeral. (Not all teachers could keep such a commitment, and I fault none of my colleagues for their absences. We should be able to take the leave we are allotted.)

My seniors were also juniors during the pandemic, which means they had less exposure to writing a research paper. I walked them through our research writing assignment one section at a time, meeting with each student individually. Doing so spread me very thin, but the one-on-one time was…

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How to support learning for a brain that’s becoming more stupid over time

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Mirjam Neelen

Let me start off with a disclaimer: This blog is based on Dr Itiel Dror’ssession at this year’s Learning Technologies conference in London. I didn’t only attend the session but also chaired it. So, I might be a bit biased when I say that his session, titled What Technology is Doing to Our Brains and What This Means for All Our Futures? was one of the few sessions at the conference that really made me think.

The reason I wanted to write this blog isn’t just to summarise the intriguing session. It’s mostly because I believe that his research might help to shift our thinking in L&D and start focusing on the things that really matter for teaching and learning.

Dr Itiel Dror’s studies the human brain, mind, and cognition. In addition to his academic research, he translates theoretical scientific understanding of how people learn and what…

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War in Ukraine highlights the enduring myths of science diplomacy. — Impact of Social Sciences

Amongst other things, the war in Ukraine has demonstrated the failure of western diplomacy to contain the outbreak of war in Europe. Over the past decades, one aspect of this diplomacy has involved the role of scientific and research relationships between Russia and the west, or ‘Science Diplomacy’. In this post, Doubravka Olšáková and Sam Robinson discuss how the…

War in Ukraine highlights the enduring myths of science diplomacy. — Impact of Social Sciences

On the Hunt — The Effortful Educator

Recently, my family bought a new puppy; an 8 week old German Shorthaired Pointer. She is an absolutely beautiful dog, incredibly smart, and a lovely addition to our family. An interesting aspect of owning this type of dog is her behaviors while in our backyard. For centuries, German Shorthaired Pointers were bred to be hunting…

On the Hunt — The Effortful Educator

Big Debates About Federal Education Policy in Journals, 1982-2005 — Federal Education Policy History

Big debates about federal education policy do not happen only on Capitol Hill. Academics and wonks have had some major conversations over the decades. Starting in the early 1980s, debates over disappointing educational achievement and what if anything the federal government could do (beyond providing still more resources) erupted. Below are four journals that had […]

Big Debates About Federal Education Policy in Journals, 1982-2005 — Federal Education Policy History

Ridge-Lane Limited Partners Offers Jeb Bush-Heavy Education Expertise

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Need help with your public or private business venture? Well, NY- and DC-based Ridge-Lane Limited Partners (LP) offers “venture development at the apex of public and private sector.”

Here’s Ridge-Lane LP’s opening spiel, “About Us”:

RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners is a strategic advisory and venture development firm founded by financier R. Brad Lane and The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge – focused on root-cause solutions to grand challenges in Education, Sustainability, and Information Technology – with a team of General Partners, Venture Partners, and Senior Advisors who have served at the highest levels of finance, government, and military.

We create value for our clients and society by bridging the gaps between private-sector innovation, investment capital, policy and procurement – across the Federal, State, and Local levels: an innovation ecosystem, providing corporate development to commercialize and scale novel venture-backed technology companies, as well as place-based solutions that improve cities and quality of…

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Cheating on tests is predictable —

Student cheating on tests is on the rise for reasons that should be obvious (“Cheaters Never Prosper – Or Do They?” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Feb. 2).  When students are seen primarily as customers who are paying steep tuition, colleges are reluctant to do anything to make them unhappy. If that […]

Cheating on tests is predictable —

What Economists Get Wrong

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What Economics Gets Wrong (Almost Everything)


ONAPRIL 25, 2022

Economics as a discipline is nearly worthless. What it teaches mostly isn’t true.

  • Decreasing price does not always increase demand and increasing price sometimes increases demand (aka. the law of supply and demand isn’t a law.)
  • People do not optimize utility (by any definition that is not circular).
  • People are not rational.
  • The market is not rational.
  • The market does not discount the future well at all.
  • Competitive markets are created by government, and destroyed by private actors.
  • Markets do not and never have properly priced externalities and never will do so while humans remain human. The only way to price externalities properly is thru government or custom (government in drag.)
  • Profit or loss in any enterprise in a modern economy is a social choice, entirely based on government and social decisions and mostly unrelated to fundamentals…

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The word processing revolution: a boon or a bane for writing quality?

I was discussing the writing process with a friend the other day, a former New York Times journalist. I quoted Fran Lebowitz from the documentary Public Speaking: she hates writing. People hate, she proposes, what they do well. My friend countered that nowadays that he finds the entire process enjoyable. Perhaps, he proposed, it’s the […]

The word processing revolution: a boon or a bane for writing quality? — Catherine & Katharine