Count the tropes, Dept. — traditional math

With respect to the poster below, questions abound. Why is scaffolding only for “diverse learners”? And what IS a diverse learner? And must classroom routines be co-created? Why is teacher authority a bad thing? Why are students now called “learners”? There really is no need to invent a whole new vocabulary. It may make you […]

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The Second American Revolution: 5-Minute Boot Camp For Unrigging Our Democracy — IVN.us

The Second American Revolution: 5-Minute Boot Camp For Unrigging Our Democracy I’ve got some good news and some bad news. And once we put it all together, it’ll be news you can use — an easy way to join the Second American Revolution, now in progress. First, the bad news: You are being violated by…

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”Constructivist pedagogy is like a zombie that refuses to die” — 3-Star learning experiences

An interview with professor Paul A. Kirschner by Isak Skogstad. This interview was originally posted on Isak Skogstad’s website. Grumpy old man. That is at least what he calls himself. But you might know him as Paul Kirschner. He is one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of learning psychology. Currently he is a […]

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NO SHORTCUTS — The Concord Review – Will’s Blog

There Are No ShortcutsRafe EsquithNew York: Anchor Books, 2003, 20-21…I realized then where the problem lay. My students, and so many of our young people today, want a good life. They love (even if they don’t always appreciate it) liberty. They all want to be happy. But I realized that day that my class was…

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Decision Time on Racial and Partisan Gerrymandering — Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

Elkanah Tisdale (1771-1835) (often falsely attributed to Gilbert Stuart)[1] [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons March 25, 2019; New York Times and Slate When you vote, your expectation is that your vote will count. But depending on just how the lines are drawn for your congressional districts (both state and national), it’s a question just how…

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Edu-Soap Operas, Dept.

traditional math

The first in a series called “Out on Good Behavior: Teaching Math While Looking Over Your Shoulder” is now appearing at Truth in American Education.

Here’s an excerpt:

Various Narratives, Growth Mindsets, and an Introduction to One of my Parole Officers

If you are reading this, you either have never heard of me and are curious, or you have heard of me and have pretty much bought into my “narrative” of math education.

I tire of the word “narrative” (almost as much as I tire of the word “nuance”) which I see in just about everything I read nowadays. I thought I’d charge it rent, so to speak, since it seemed appropriate for the teaching experiences I’m about to describe. I’m currently teaching seventh and eighth grade math at a K-8 Catholic school in a small town in California. Prior to that, I taught seventh and eighth grade math for two years at…

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Digest #138: What Can (and Can’t) Neuroscience Tell Us About Education — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

by Althea Need KaminskeOur brains are fascinating. It continues to astound me how rich, complex, and alive our brains are. Though I am not a neuroscientist by training, I currently have the privilege of directing the Behavioral Neuroscience program at my university (I am, however a cognitive psychologist by training so I know an awful…

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FBI Wiretaps Show Importance of Fake Charity and Extended Testing Time in College Admissions Scam — deutsch29

William Rick Singer operated The Key Worldwide (KWF), a fraudulent nonprofit, as a front for a massive college admissions scandal for the rich. However, Singer could not state the real purpose of his nonprofit in its declared mission, so he manipulated the language as follows: The Key Worldwide Foundation endeavors to provide education that would […]

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Upcoming Book: Roots of Low Achievement — Truth in American Education

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Dr. Sandra Stotsky, a leading critic of the Common Core State Standards, wrote a new book to be released in August of 2019. The chief purpose of Roots of Low Achievement: Where to Begin Altering Them, according to the publishers Rowman & Littlefield, is to help policymakers at all levels of government understand that: Widespread…

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