Science: It’s Worth Doing Badly

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A younger student of mine recently remarked, “No one can be good at everything, because then they would fail at failing.” If she had been in my Logic class, I would have given her extra credit for that little gem, but it was Science. And the reason failure was on her mind was because her experiment didn’t yield the results she wanted. She felt like a failure and was trying to comfort herself with a witty proverb.Failure has been on a lot of people’s minds lately, in both theory and practice. … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: iPads Are Proving Beneficial for Special Education Students

It's easy to dismiss iPads as luxury gadgets for checking Facebook, watching Netflix, and playing Candy Crush. But as one Los Angeles educator has discovered, iPads are a huge help when teaching special education students with mental and physical disabilities. As a geek, I love this story because it's a perfect example of technology making a positive impact in the lives of previously disadvantaged individuals. … [Read more...]

Diving Into The Public Schooling Vs. Home Schooling Issue

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There are a handful of topics that are almost guaranteed to stir up controversy and spirited debate in many Christian circles. There are, of course, theological matters (e.g., infant baptism, methods of communion) and political issues. But in my experience, one topic can easily trump them all: the education of children. Or, more specifically, public schooling versus home schooling.In the past, I could watch such debates with detached bemusement, but that's no longer the case. Our oldest … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With Pursuing Gifted Education for Our Kids?

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While having dinner with a family who lives in Manhattan, the parents told me about their daughter’s saga of testing for kindergarten admission into New York’s notoriously selective Hunter Elementary School. The parents are two of the brightest people I know, and their four-year-old daughter is fluent in at least three languages so far (Mandarin, French, and English). Her test results placed her in the impressive 98th percentile. And yet, she hadn’t made it past the first round; only kids who sco … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong with Pursuing Gifted Education for Our Kids?

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While having dinner with a family who lives in Manhattan, the parents told me about their daughter’s saga of testing for kindergarten admission into New York’s notoriously selective Hunter Elementary School. The parents are two of the brightest people I know, and their 4-year-old daughter is fluent in at least three languages so far (Mandarin, French, and English). Her test results placed her in the impressive 98th percentile. And yet, she hadn’t made it past the first round; only kids who score … [Read more...]


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