Educational Speculation: Learning Styles

Some educrats had a hunch that different students learned differently and, voila, we have a theory: four different learning styles and teachers better get with it or our kids/students will be left behind. A big hogwash on that speculation-based, non-evidence based, theory. It’s Labor Day — and these educrats needed to do more labor to [Read More…]

Lectures Obsolete?

From Christine Gross-Loh: As a doctoral candidate interviewing at a liberal-arts college some years ago, I rambled, waded through pages of notes, and completely lost my train of thought at one point during my job presentation. Even though I was eventually offered the position, I was keenly aware that, despite interviewing for a job in [Read More…]

Nicholas Kristof Keeps Saying It

Nicholas Kristof: As I see it, there are three good reasons for universities to be more welcoming not just to women or blacks, but also to conservatives. First, stereotyping and discrimination are wrong, whether against gays or Muslims, or against conservatives or evangelicals. We shouldn’t define one as bigotry and the other as enlightenment. When [Read More…]

The Ultimate Form of Cheating/Plagiarism

Sam Dean: For most people, essay writing becomes a thing of the past as soon as they step out of university and prepare themselves for the world of work. But for others, the dissertation is just the beginning. That is because it has become increasingly easy to make money out of the very thing students [Read More…]

Collaborative Education

Sarah Grossman: At a time when many U.S. schools are failing students of color, one school stands out as an unusual success. St. Benedict’s Prep, an all-boys preparatory school in Newark, has a graduation rate of 98 percent, compared to a national rate of 82 percent. But when you realize that the majority of St. Benedict’s [Read More…]

What’s Missing from Bernie’s Free Tuition Plan?

Robert Gebelhoff, at WaPo: It’s a tight race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Wisconsin Democratic primary, but Sanders has managed to gain a slight edge due to his support among young people — with more than 83 percent of college-age voters planning to vote for him. His lead among young people has [Read More…]

Academic Freedom in the Halls of Power

By Roger Scruton at Modern Times: Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge, by Joanna Williams, is very well done. She shows how important historically academic freedom has been to the pursuit of knowledge, and examines the baleful consequences of the contemporary assault on truth and objectivity. I sympathise with [Read More…]

Immigrant Children are Educated Free in the USA

Emma Brown: As U.S. presidential candidates fight over the best way to address the influx of Central Americans across the Southwest border — with debate about building walls and deporting immigrants — the nation’s public schools have opened their doors, taking responsibility for helping tens of thousands of children find their footing here. It’s not [Read More…]

Jeff Bryant is Right about Education Reforms

Jeff Bryant, from Salon: I call these folks the edu-crats. Education is not a top-down endeavor but a grass-roots relational matter. Leave the teachers alone. (Within reason, as it has traditionally been.) What Reform Fans Don’t Get Indeed, resistance to the education reform agenda is not as much a rejection of its various policy features [Read More…]

Learning Styles, a Neuromyth

Source Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as New [Read More…]