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Brian Marks sur Twitter : "Love this education commercial! Hefty | Teachers | #SaidNoSchoolEver #edchat #education #teaching" Louis C. K. - Clifford the Big Red Dog. Third Grader Handcuffed in School - ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Sheriff. A deputy sheriff shackled two elementary school children who have disabilities, causing them pain and trauma, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Children's Law Center, and Dinsmore & Shohl. The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were so small that the school resource officer, Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner in Covington, Kentucky, locked the handcuffs around the children's biceps and forced their hands behind their backs, the lawsuit charges.

A disturbing video shows the boy, S.R., being shackled and crying out in pain. S.R. has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of trauma. The girl, L.G, was twice handcuffed behind her back by her biceps, also causing her pain. L.G. has ADHD and other special needs. Both children were being punished for behavior related to their disabilities. Neither was arrested nor charged with any criminal conduct. The complaint was filed in the U.S. National Digital Learning Resources Network home page. Comic Strip of Alan Watts' Lecture: What If Money Was No Object? 'This Is Water': Complete Audio of David Foster Wallace's Kenyon Graduation Speech (2005)

Last month, on the occasion of the author’s 50th birthday, we posted a large collection of free essays and stories by David Foster Wallace. But we missed a rare item: the complete audio recording of the commencement address Wallace gave at Kenyon College, in Ohio, on May 21, 2005–three years before he took his own life. The text of the speech has been published on the Internet and as a book called This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, but the complete audio version has been hard to find.

In the speech, Wallace talks about the challenge of moving beyond the superficial kind of freedom that can be acquired through power and wealth, toward a truer liberation that arises only when we become more fully conscious of the world outside our “tiny skull-sized kingdoms.” He says: You can listen to the first half of the speech above. Education Matters: Tassie’s first lesson is to think positive. Associate Professor Elaine Stratford wants debate to achieve better politicies and structures in Tasmania’s education system over the next 30 years. Picture: KIM EISZELE Source: News Corp Australia TASMANIA should ditch the negativity as it embarks on a 30-year journey to fix its educational outcomes, the new head of UTAS’s Peter Underwood Centre says. In her first interview since being appointed the centre’s inaugural director two weeks ago, Associate Professor Elaine Stratford told the Sunday Tasmanian it was time for the state to move forward.

While Tasmania has challenges around retention and completion rates, much of the conversation has revolved around a “deficit model”, Prof Stratford said. “Intergenerational change of the sort that we are contemplating is going to require patience, persistence and dedication,” she said. “And it is going to require that we transform our thinking from a deficit model to one focused on opportunity. 172. ISAAC ASIMOV: A lifetime of learning. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was a writer, known for his contribution to science fiction (including The Three Laws of Robotics, I, Robot and the Foundation series) and his staggering work in other genres and non-fiction.

Asimov had a formal education in chemistry, earning his PhD and working as a chemist for the Navy during WWII. He taught biochemistry and later became a professor at the Boston Univeristy of Medicine, all while writing stories for fantasy magazines in his spare time. He finally left the University in 1958 to focus on writing. Asimov’s output was truly mind-blowing, writing over 500 (!!!) Books and 90,000 letters. Asimov’s non-fiction books were mostly on astronomy, but his other titles covered general science, history, mathematics, physics, Shakespeare, the Bible and mythology.

The quotes used in this comic are taken from a fantastic interview Asimov did in 1988 (which you can watch on YouTube). RELATED COMICS: Carl Sagan Pale Blue Dot. A Master List of 1,150 Free Courses From Top Universities: 35,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures. During these summer months, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding new courses to our big list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,150 courses from top universities. Let’s give you the quick overview: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and Harvard.

Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites, and you can listen to the lectures anytime, anywhere, on your computer or smart phone. We didn’t do a precise calculation, but there’s probably about 35,000 hours of free audio & video lectures here. Enough to keep you busy for a very long time. Right now you’ll find 133 free philosophy courses, 85 free history courses, 120 free computer science courses, 71 free physics courses and 55 Free Literature Courses in the collection, and that’s just beginning to scratch the surface. Here are some highlights from the complete list of Free Online Courses.

Related Content: What Bill Gates Doesn't Understand About Education. Editor's note: A long-time educator and advocate for curriculum reform, Marion Brady brings deep historial context to his evaluation of our current educational conundrum. Here he shares his thoughts on what he might tell billionaire funder Bill Gates about what schools and students really need, if he had the chance. Mr. Gates: Walking past the TV in the kitchen several weeks ago, I caught enough of your May 4 appearance on CNBC to hear you say that of all the Gates Foundation’s work, education was the most difficult, the most resistant to change. I share your frustration. There are a lot of reasons for poor academic performance. But your small schools initiative, teacher research and push for the Common Core State Standards suggest you think (or at least hope) that in the drive to improve learner performance, “one particular thing” could be done that would make a real difference in the quality of American education.

The 1960s were an exciting time for those in education. Mr. The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan's Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking. By Maria Popova / Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher.

But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and common sense, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and openness. In The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (public library) — the same indispensable volume that gave us Sagan’s timeless meditation on science and spirituality, published mere months before his death in 1996 — Sagan shares his secret to upholding the rites of reason, even in the face of society’s most shameless untruths and outrageous propaganda.

Through their training, scientists are equipped with what Sagan calls a “baloney detection kit” — a set of cognitive tools and techniques that fortify the mind against penetration by falsehoods: Sagan ends the chapter with a necessary disclaimer: John and jana | A Child's Guide to Anarchy. "Many children's books encourage self-expression and free thought; few take those ideas as far as this collaboration from Seven and Christy. This is the softer side of anarchy, with an emphasis on fun and independence, but also community and kindness.

Seven and Christy's heroine wouldn't look out of place in a Peter H. Reynolds story, and their message isn't far from his work either—it's just been cranked up to 11. " -Publishers Weekly "A perfect book for parents (and their kids) who have been inspired by the message of the Occupy movement. . - KQED Public Radio​​ "...a delight to read! - Bill Ayers, author of To Teach: The Journey in Comics and Fugitive Days A Rule Is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy by john & jana Published by Manic D Press, 2012 A Rule is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy published by Manic D Press " I love this book- my children's new favorite. 'A Rule is to Break' says: go ahead and throw yourself a party!​  "A simple, charming celebration of autonomy" - Salon. Gainful employment or your money back. This Spiritually Conscious Super-School Raises the Bar on Education! Imagine a school where a child can create anything that they wanted as a part of a school project, and use it as a learning opportunity to understand the world better and make life a lot more fun… That’s exactly what Suzy Amis Cameron (Yes, James Cameron’s Wife) and her sister Rebecca Amis have created in Calabasas back in 2005.

They called it “MUSE”, and it has become a phenomenal success! Watch and see, in this video, exactly how conscious and aware this organism truly is. James Cameron has 3 kids, all of whom currently attend school there, his 11 year old Quinn built a Motorcycle at the mere age of 11! “There’s no better way to learn about a broad range of subjects than to build a vehicle,” Cameron said. One of MUSE’s head organizers is Jeff King, husband of Rebecca Amis. As a birthday gift, James Cameron actually just unveiled his newest mini-project, the Solar Sunflower at the school for his wife and all of the kids. At MUSE, every child is truly known. With love, Jordan Pearce Ps. [rd] Recognising the value of teachers | Research Developments | ACER. Accomplished teachers are worth their weight in gold, but if the profession is to be valued appropriately it must develop standards and a system for self-evaluation, as Lawrence Ingvarson explains.

The hallmark of a profession is that it can not only define high standards and good practice, but also has reliable methods for identifying and recognising members who have attained those standards. The teaching profession draws on a complex blend of intellectual, technical, professional and personal capabilities, yet there are no publicly credible and professionally acceptable standards to measure these skills. How do we best develop rigorous methods for identifying teachers who attain high standards?

Work undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on the use of portfolios is showing promise in answering that question. To date ACER has developed four portfolio tasks for primary generalist and secondary science teachers. Our obsession with school achievement data is misplaced: we’re measuring the wrong things. In 2008 Australia began a national assessment program that tests school children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy (NAPLAN). These assessments only really entered the national consciousness in 2010 when the Rudd Government launched the My School website, after assuring concerned stakeholders that it would not be possible to directly compare schools and that we would not go down the path of English league tables.

Tell that to The Australian, which has since launched its own website called Your School. The site promises us that we can use it to compare our “own list of schools” online and provides every other media outlet in Australia with the resources to produce its own set of league tables. Since 2008 and particularly since 2010 we’ve seen a major change in school practice and the national conversation. Upon returning to Brisbane in 2013, I was stunned by how much had changed. Researching the behavioural “Tipping Point” Top 9 Quotes About Teaching. Posted By The Literacy Site Top 9 Quotes About Teaching The Literacy Site Teachers come in many forms and they impact our lives every day of the year.

Take a moment to remember the teachers in your life, and appreciate the impact they’ve made. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass “The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.” — Alice Wellington Rollins “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” — Albert Einstein “A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others.” — Anonymous “A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more.

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” — Malcolm Forbes “The mediocre teacher tells. LIT_Blog_MOBI_BelowContent. Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities. Tuition-Free Education and Tuition - Free online education. Free Online Courses - FutureLearn.

Here is a list of over 40 educational websites where you can get a free education. According to, there are more than 17 000 universities, but getting a degree in many of them is quite costly. Many students around the world(and their families) get into big debt or have to work over sixty hours a week in order to afford an education. Two-thirds of the US college seniors who graduated in 2011 had student loan debt, with an average of over 27 000 USD per person.

Reading those statistics I can’t stop thinking about those words from over 30 years ago: With mass education, it turned out that most people could be taught to read and write. In the same way, once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries, where you can ask any question and be given answers, you can look up something you’re interested in knowing, however silly it might seem to someone else. – Isaac Asiov Enough with the words, here is a BADASS list of over 40 educational websites: 1. 21.

You can also watch free documentaries here. Credits: The Real 21st-Century Problem in Public Education is Poverty. This post first appeared in The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog. Teacher Lori Peck, helps first grader Timia Harris at Grace L. Patterson Elementary school in Vallejo, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) So much has been said about new “21st century” skills, standards and learning requirements, that they have become virtually synonymous with “college and career readiness” (a similarly poorly defined goal). The purportedly new demand for higher-level and different skills has further increased the pressure for more tests and higher stakes attached to them. A new study showing explosive growth in student poverty suggests, though, that we have misidentified the problem.

The October 2013 Southern Education Foundation study indicates clearly that poverty, which has long been the biggest obstacle to educational achievement, is more important than ever. In 2000, students who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals made up at least half of the student body in four states. Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public Education. This post first appeared on Diane Ravitch’s blog. A few years ago, when I was blogging at Education Week with Deborah Meier, a reader introduced the term FUD. I had never heard of it. It is a marketing technique used in business and politics to harm your competition. FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. The reader said that those who were trying to create a market-based system to replace public education were using FUD to undermine public confidence in public education.

They were selling the false narrative that our public schools are obsolete and failing. This insight inspired me to write Reign of Error, to show that the “reform” narrative is a fraud. Why the FUD campaign against one of our nation’s most treasured democratic institutions? It turns out that there is actually a scholar studying the phenomenon of the “the cultural production of ignorance.” Robert Proctor doesn’t think ignorance is bliss. FUD was pioneered decades ago. A Review of Models of the Teaching/Learning Process.

Morale in schools very low: principal. Socio-economics make big difference in study outcomes. If We Don't Teach Peace, What Are We Teaching? What Students Want. Brain Scans Show The Real Impact Love Has On A Child’s Brain. Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class. The Natural Teacher: 10 Ways You Can Add Vitamin "N" to the Classroom & Beyond. Some study that I used to know: What do you remember from high school? To Find Work You Love, Don’t Follow Your Passion | Benjamin Todd (Video) Engaging Contrarians: Tricksters and Blue Man Group. Is This How We Are Forced to View The World In A Certain Way? What is Education For? – The Data Trap – Denise Cook. A must read for teachers, parents and employers - Educating Ruby. Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher — Matter.

Why Storytelling is Way Better than Lecturing your Kids. 10 Ways Worldschooling Has Ruined My Childhood | EdventureGirl. Why I Hate School But Love Education|Spoken Word. Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System. The world needs all kinds of minds - Temple Grandin. Strike the Debt: Number of People Refusing to Pay Back Student Loans Swelling. Breaking the ruler: Melbourne school lets students choose when to learn, what to study - RN Afternoons. Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing. Alfie Kohn: No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning (trailer) Stories That Once Offered My Life Meaning No Longer Satisfy. Have You Felt This Too? Watch "Hackschooling Makes Me Happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada" Video at TEDxTalks. Higher education is not about getting a job | Fred D'Agostino | TEDxUQ.

Learning Needs a Context. Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition: John Taylor Gatto, Thomas Moore: 9780865714489: Books. Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! The Science of Raising Happily Productive Kids with Dr. Dona Matthews. The Tyranny Of Compulsory Schooling. 8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently. What’s Your Child’s Potential? (And Does it Really Matter?) 3 Subjects Schools Should Teach To Improve The World. 20 books to read in 2015: TED-Ed Educators share their top 5 must-reads. Occupy Your Brain: On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense. The War on Kids (2009) If Money Was No Object, Everybody Would Be Doing This. These 25 Kids Gave Hilariously Genius Answers To Test Questions.

Re-imagining school | Playlist. Students used to interview and hire teachers at Victorian schools. TAFE NSW reform brings students to tears. Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools. How to teach a young introvert. I heart intelligence Beat The System With This List Of 40 Free Educational Websites.

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion. Autistic Boy With Higher IQ Than Einstein Discovers His Gift After Removal From State-Run Therapy. What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen. American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist. What Motivates Teachers? How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive. Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently? The power of student-driven learning: Shelley Wright at TEDxWestVancouverED. Teaching In The 21st Century. Inside The Academy: Lee Shulman. 11 Tips for Self-Education in the Internet Age. The Burdens of Talent. The Nurturing Parent and the Nurturing Teacher.

Chomsky: There's an Overt Corporate Effort to Indoctrinate American Children. A different way to visualize rhythm - John Varney. The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD. Things A Teacher Should Never Ask A Student To Do. Getting students out of the classroom benefits everyone - Communications & Media - University of Tasmania, Australia. Slam Poetry Trio Gives Powerful Performance on National TV about the Failures of Modern Education. Schrödinger’s Library | Library Babel Fish. 10 Specific Examples Of Emerging Educational Technologies. Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently? ‘Ofsted’s criteria for “outstanding teaching” are outstanding nonsense, and here’s why’ Teaching Children How to Think Instead of What to Think. PCK Summit Keynote: Dr. Lee Shulman. Prof. James Martin's talk at Free Linguistics Conference 2014.

Professor Jenny Gore -- Anticipating the Future. STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts. Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley. Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity.