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You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

So a high school teacher tells the graduating class

Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and

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Is telling another person what’s on the test cheating?

Get ready, you’re about to be lied to.

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Why are so many 20-somethings unemployed?


The article describes a selection of students big on dreams and low on hopes.  The future is bleak for them, and they know it.
I am, of course, not insensitive to the way media crafts its narratives, but of the ten or so  20-somethings they interviewed, two were chefs, one an interior designer,&#133 Read the rest

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On Bullshit, and What We Want to Be True

The fact about himself that the liar hides is that he is attempting to lead us away from a correct apprehension of reality; we are not to know that he wants us to believe something he supposes to be false. The fact about himself that the bullshitter hides, on the other hand, is that the truth-values of his statements&#133 Read the rest

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Fry-Cooks or Dilettantrepreneurs?… Artists and Liberal Artists… What do you want to be when you grow up?

Rona Economou dropped some serious coin on education and professional training
~ likely at least ~ US$ 200K…
This is where she works:

“The sweet smell of success? So this is really better than working at Mickey D’s?”
Maybe she would have been better off keeping that tuition money and getting the kind of free professional management training McDonalds&#133 Read the rest

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Can the Finnish model be applied to American education?

The Smithsonian: Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful?
The article describes the “whatever it takes” attitude of the Finnish system, and throws in some mouth watering stats: 62000 teachers with master’s degrees, selected from the top 10% of the nation’s graduates; 30% of kids get extra help; and Finns routinely rank among the best readers, math&#133 Read the rest

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“I don’t fit in with the oafs.” Yes you do.

In the Chronicle of Higher Education: I Don’t Fit In With The Oafs.

Question (from “Abel”): Ecstatic about landing a tenure-track job last year, my partner and I moved to a place where we’d rather not live. We figured that a few years here wouldn’t be bad and, anyway, the university would be something of an oasis. The

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When the Golden Mean is just plain mean

A pre-school in Sweden is going to achieve gender equality. The idea is to remove any stimulation that might give the kids an idea of whether they’re boys or girls, according to society’s definition of these. Gendered toys will be available, but they’ll be “placed side by side to encourage a child to play with whatever he or&#133 Read the rest

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What’s wrong with America– in two pictures

miss usa, education

Self-esteem gone bananas

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Washington Post Fails at Ranking High Schools

The Washington Post has taken it upon itself to rank all U.S. high schools. The ranking system they use is generally referred to as the Challenge index:

The formula is simple: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors.

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If you want kids to learn science, you need a better sales pitch.

“I always hear stories about how we can’t find engineers, and that’s why we’re emphasizing Math and Science … We want to start making Science cool. I want people to feel about the next big energy breakthrough and the next big Internet breakthrough the same way they felt about the moonwalk.”
So said President Obama at a town&#133 Read the rest

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Academically Adrift in the Free Market

William Pannapacker writes a two-part article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (Part 1 Part 2) in response to the recent book Academically Adrift by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. According to Pannapacker, Arum and Roska find that “at least 45 percent of undergraduates demonstrated ‘no improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills in the&#133 Read the rest

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Breaking a finger to get out of an exam

he forgot there was a midterm today. i watched him break his own finger to
get out of it.
(Texts From Last Night)
Why would anyone do that?
Whatever course he was taking, it wasn’t worth breaking his finger over. I don’t mean his finger is valuable, I mean that he wouldn’t have done this over an important&#133 Read the rest

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