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15 years ago
Take a look at this recent article in New York Magazine. The article highlights the work of Carol Dweck. Dweck's work has found that praising children for their intelligence–as opposed to acknowledging and encouraging hard work–has a negative impact on that child's development. Though I am interest...
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15 years ago
Today the most popular article on the homepage of the New York Times is about the current troubles that the University of Phoenix is facing. While the tenor of the article is overall quite negative, one can't easily write this model of education off. Even if Phoenix does fail, it is most likely the case that another Phoenix will be waiting to arise out of its ashes.
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15 years ago
In the most recent issue of Vanity Fair I read about Blue State Coffee. The company donates half of its profit to politically progressive organizations. Although I haven't tried the coffee yet–I ordered some on Sunday–I am quite taken by the idea. The stereotypical liberal is a Coast dweller who drinks coffee…well, why not profit off of the slight? Is there a parallel that would work in education? There is no real link between coffee and progressive politics. Is there a product that educators normally buy where t...
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15 years ago
For some time we have been interested in education publications. Take a look at the work of Tom Moore. His Times Editorial is the second most popular item today. He was invited to blog for Slate in 2004, he maintains his own blog and he is working on a book. Though it seems like he doesn't have much time to maintain his own blog, ...
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15 years ago
At a recent NAIS convention, my father was introduced to a book that was making a stir in the private/parochial school sector. The book is called Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer and I got around to reading it last night. While I was expecting the worst–every other business/management publication I read in the past left me bored–this book was quite interesting. To read excerpts, click here.
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15 years ago
The Times reported on the city's plan to develop the future of playgrounds. Although the plan does seem somewhat ridiculous–adult playground attendants?–if you are a TimesSelect member, take a look at Judith Warner's blog bashing the plan and the overwhelming response that it inspired. It seems like even readers of the Times aren't ready to let go of the playgrounds of the past. What is more interesting to me than this debat...
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16 years ago
I have always been impressed with MIT's OpenCourseWare. I think it is a resource that allows a broad spectrum of individuals to attain a great self-directed education. Now, some MIT professors are moving this platform to the next level with the use of video. Please see the philosopher Irving Singer's courses on film and on love. In the film cour...
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16 years ago
Take a look at this article, referenced in a recent news item in The Chronicle. It looks like this beginning to become a trend: Editorial boards see the price of their journal continue to rise, and they fail to see why this is the case. Naturally, they try to find alternatives. In defense of publishers, Mr. Ruth said: "In considering the price of journals, it is important to recognize the investment and value provided by publishers: in managing ...
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16 years ago
If you have ever wondered: “Why, in the age of the World Wide Web, do professors still stand at podiums and blather for fifty minutes at unruly mobs of students, their lowered baseball caps imperfectly concealing the sleep buds that rim their eyes?â€? Anthony Grafton's book review in the New Yorker is worth a read.
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16 years ago
The Chronicle reported today that one of the co-founders of Wikipedia is starting his own project, the Citizendium. Briefly, this project will be “an online, interactive encyclopedia that will be open to public contributors but guided by academic editors.â€?
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