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

Talking About Forgetting with Students

I’ve been thinking a lot about forgetting; about how forgetting is portrayed in school and in the life of our students. I feel confident in saying that the word/idea/concept generally has a negative connotation in our society. And I get it. When I forget my coffee at home or can’t remember where I placed my…

Talking About Forgetting with Students — The Effortful Educator

Possibly the single biggest obstacle to conducting research

An entity to which all researchers are accountable and which is accountable to no one. A juggernaut that accrues ever more power from our ever increasing safety-ism plus fear of lawsuits, and yet whose dictates are increasingly out of line with our shared common sense. Some people have taken note: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/censors-hand From the summary: [Schneider] […]

Possibly the single biggest obstacle to conducting research — Catherine & Katharine

Mill – Utilitarianism, associationism and women’s rights

John Stuart Mill saw education as a means to the end of achieving happiness for the individual and happiness as a whole. Hot-housed as a child, and educated by his Scottish father the philosopher John Mill and Jeremy Bentham, his Godfather, he was kept apart from other children, reading Greek and Latin at age 8.…

Mill – Utilitarianism, associationism and women’s rights — Donald Clark Plan B

Traditional Math (2): Prefatory Remarks, Disclaimers and Warnings

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This is part 2 of a series that will eventually be a book by the same name as this blog. Enormous changes to what you read here will likely happen at the last minute before publication, so enjoy this raw version while you can.

I believe strongly in how math should be taught and even more strongly in how it should not be taught. Nevertheless, when I am involved in teaching it as I believe it should be taught, (which happens to be in the traditional mode) I feel vaguely guilty, as if I am doing something against the rules and perhaps even wrong.

I have heard from other teachers who identify and empathize with this. Traditional math teaching is vilified by education schools, education consultants and other educational rent-seekers that have pervaded in the profession over the last three decades. Teachers feel bad for teaching using a method that…

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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