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Test. Learn Sanskrit through self study. “Those who learn fastest, WIN” – Rypple. “Those who learn fastest, WIN When Dave Spofford, a Rypple user and CEO of Invoice Insight, shared these words with me back in May, I didn’t realize at the time how totally profound they were.

“Those who learn fastest, WIN” – Rypple

Imagine, you’re a company looking to build your brand, reputation, and provide innovative products and services in a market rife with competition and emerging technologies. Maybe you’re an individual looking to differentiate yourself in a sea of talent or take that next step in your career. Or maybe you’re an entrepreneur, looking to slay a few Goliaths as you build your business. Regardless of who you are or what you’re trying to achieve, the bottom line is that if you are able to more quickly assimilate knowledge and execute on it faster than those around you, you’ll get ahead quicker than they do.

So how do you get that knowledge in the first place? You seek it out! We/I could ‘win’ more, if we/I only knew ________“. Fill in that blank, and you’ll know exactly where to start. Psychology Today: Education: Class Dismissed. "I've learned a lot about how my mind works by paying attention to how I unicycle," Ben declared in preparation for high school graduation.

Psychology Today: Education: Class Dismissed

And from the time he was 12, Ben paid attention to nothing so much as unicycling. When students elsewhere were puzzling over, say, the periodic table, Ben, along with a handful of schoolmates, was mostly struggling up and racing down New England mountainsides, dodging rocks, mud and other obstacles. His "frantic fights to maintain balance" demanded both deep focus and moment-to-moment planning. But they gave him something missing from most classrooms today—a passion for pursuing challenges and inhaling the skills and information (to say nothing of the confidence) to master life's complexities. At Sudbury Valley School, there's no other way to learn. Some kids start Sudbury at age 4, their parents committed to democratic principles even in education and trusting to the byways of self-motivation.

Play—it's by definition absorbing. Connections: Social and mobile tools for enhancing learning. at. Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Year. The Truth About Homework. September 6, 2006 The Truth About Homework Needless Assignments Persist Because of Widespread Misconceptions About Learning By Alfie Kohn Para leer este artículo en Español, haga clic aquí.

The Truth About Homework

There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data. The dimensions of that last disparity weren’t clear to me until I began sifting through the research for a new book. In high school, some studies do find a correlation between homework and test scores (or grades), but it’s usually fairly small and it has a tendency to disappear when more sophisticated statistical controls are applied. The results of national and international exams raise further doubts. Finally, there isn’t a shred of evidence to support the widely accepted assumption that homework yields nonacademic benefits for students of any age. Sandra Hofferth of the University of Maryland, one of the authors of that study, has just released an update based on 2002 data.