Category: Education

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RePost: How to Solve Problems

In Cultural Literacy E.D. Hirsch discusses the importance of a wealth of shared background knowledge in teaching in learning. “The more you know, the more you can learn.” He argues that as you acquire information—even through simple memorization—you create frameworks,...

Math or English? 2

Math or English?

I’ve started alternative teacher certification this spring, and in Texas (I suspect this is true most places, as well) high school math teachers are in high demand. I’ve always liked math, and I don’t want to risk not getting a...

Farouk Shami’s strange radio ad 3

Farouk Shami’s strange radio ad

Farouk Shami is running for Governor in Texas. He’s got an impressive business resume, and some ambitious ideas, but I won’t be voting for him. For one, he’s betting $10 million and half his term that he can create 100,000...

Creative Slumps and Education 0

Creative Slumps and Education

Sam Nielson, an artist at Disney Interactive, writes this about creative expression and art education: Based on things I’ve read and seen (ie. just a hyphothesis), I believe there’s a big dip in creativity as artists increase in learning.  I...

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences 2

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences

I’ve used this quote more than once here: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Sometimes people manipulate statistics to deceive. Statistics are used to get you to give money to shady charities, invest in faulty...

Elliot Jay Stocks’ Nagging Apostrophe 1

Elliot Jay Stocks’ Nagging Apostrophe

Web designer/developer Elliot Jay Stocks wants you to get it right, when dealing with “its” and “it’s”. Due to my own love for grammar, I’m pointing you there: Without any shadow of a doubt, the biggest number of mistakes I...

Ridiculous Life Lessons From New Girl Games 0

Ridiculous Life Lessons From New Girl Games

From the Wired blogs: Some parents worry that videogames might cause their children to become violent and antisocial, but what if the opposite were true? What if games could make kids exceedingly likable and fashionable? A wave of new games...

LA Teacher Protest 0

LA Teacher Protest

The L.A. Unified School District is facing a huge budget shortfall – $718 million, to be exact – and they’re looking at the possibility of laying off nearly 9,000 workers. It’s really a horrible situation for students, teachers, parents, and...