President Ronald Reagan’s Education Department issued the report “A Nation at Risk” 30 years ago.
This article describes what has, and hasn’t, happened since 1983, and provides interesting historical contexts for conversations about education today.
I’m linking to it rather than copying it to honor Philip Elliott’s AP copyright.
Hope you enjoy it.
Quib.ly is a Q&A site that aims to help parents learn more about the devices their kids are currently using and will need to use in the future.
New devices can help bring family members together in ways previously not possible. Take the TinyTap iPad app for example – which gets kids and parents to work together to create a game. However, children whose parents aren’t tech-savvy may not have as much of a head start as others. Quib.ly is a Q&A site that aims to help parents better understand the new equipment their kids are currently using and will need to use in the future.
The site acts as a community for members to keep each other informed about new technologies that will shape how today’s children work and create once they begin to take their first steps on the career ladder. Parents can ask questions, which are answered by community experts. Users can follow the topics that interest them or experts whose explanations they find useful. They can also apply to become an expert if they are a technology or family professional.
The speed at which technology is changing how we go about our daily activities is underlined by a US Department of Labor statement that says: “65 percent of today’s grade school kids will end up at jobs that haven’t been invented yet.” Quib.ly could give parents the knowledge they need to ensure their children aren’t left behind.
Spotted by: Murray Orange
Some numbers from ABQ Journal April 14, 2013 editorial on teacher evaluation:
- Teachers rated “satisfactory” 99%
- Students reading at grade level 48%
- Students proficient in math 43%
- High School graduation 63%
- Need remedial help for college 45%I
While the editorial didn’t state which school year was being reported or what the sources of the numbers were, the pattern does seem to argue for a re-thought, teacher evaluation system. Perhaps the proposed one is at least a step in that direction.
In another article titled, “The Disney Way,” by Claudia Buck from the Sacramento Bee, one bullet point seems to be a supportive general reminder:
“KEEP IT HUMAN: Customers aren’t “attendance numbers” or “per capita units.” (Doug) Lipp (former Walt Disney exec) says he makes the same point, whether he’s talking with McDonald’s franchise owners of doctors’ groups. ‘We get so focused on processing hamburgers or processing patients (or students, teachers, principals) … we forget we’re dealing with humans. They’re not just numbers on a spreadsheet.’ “
Educators unveiled new guidelines on Tuesday that call for sweeping changes in the way science is taught in the United States — including, for the first time, a recommendation that climate change be taught as early as middle school.
What we were taught, therefore, what we know, affects … what we teach.
So, might “This is just the way our world really appears to be.” want to be re-examined after 500 years?
Eye opening. Thought provoking.
Erica Goldson speaks against schooling
High School Valedictorian in 2010 presents her experience, frustration, and thinking on what her education consisted of … and resulted in. My opinion? I think she makes some pretty valuable observations – uncomfortable and valuable.
And two years later speaking at TED BeloHorizonte, Brazil you can get a feel for what “individual possibility thinking” looks and sounds and lives like. The 2-3 minute reprise of her valedictory talk is worth wading through to hear her develop her thoughts for the balance of the talk.
Very cool – enjoy.
This article is long-ish and a bit high-sounding. While it is thought provoking, I found the real juice to be in the comments following the article. Lots of different individuals walking around the challenge and sharing their differing and engaging views.
In Albuquerque in August of 2004, a perfect coming together of elements occurred, the rains, the season, the temperature … and the Sandia Foothills blossomed!
This 3 minute video was created in July/August 2010, 6 years later. Since 2004 there has been no similar set of circumstances and no similar blossoming.
I literally did not know when I took these photos that I was capturing such a singular or once-in-a-long-time event. I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as I did making it.
If you do like it, please click the “like” button and leave a comment.
Thanks, and happy Fall 2010.