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What Happens When an Ex-Google Executive Creates a School System? Emma Eisner, a 12-year-old with short hair dyed green in parts, has roped off an area around an art project she’s building from cardboard. “Go away, child,” reads a handwritten sign to ward off classmates. At about 10-feet long and 3-feet tall, the white structure looks like it could be a spaceship or maybe an elaborate tunnel. Actually, she says, "It's about how the human quest for knowledge has turned the world inside out.” There are no desks in the classroom, just some tables pushed together on one side of the room. Above Eisner's art installation three boys wearing blue Beats headphones are crammed on a bunk bed working on laptops.

Two other boys are outside on the rooftop patio, measuring to build a meditation garden that will overlook the neighborhood. Downstairs, in another classroom with younger children, some students are listening to audio books on their iPads, while another group binds their own journals. Ventilla, 35, is tall and fit, with a square jaw and thick dark hair. Children who spend time with their fathers have a higher IQ. The scientists asked their mothers how often the father of their child took part in activities with them, including reading, organising outings and general "quality time". The findings, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, show that those children whose fathers spent more time with them had a higher IQ and were more socially mobile than those who had received little attention. The differences were still detectable by the age of 42.

Dr Daniel Nettle, who led the research, said: "What was surprising about this research was the real sizeable difference in the progress of children who benefited from paternal interest and how thirty years later, people whose dads were involved are more upwardly mobile. "The data suggest that having a second adult involved during childhood produces benefits in terms of skills and abilities that endure throughout adult life," he added. Quote about Adventure. Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? : NPR Ed. More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics. But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff". There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time.

This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. "Basically we're trying to explain student success educationally or in the labor market with skills not directly measured by standardized tests," says Martin West, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. West studies what he calls "non-cognitive skills. " The problem isn't just semantic, argues Laura Bornfreund, deputy director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation. As Noah Webster, the great American lexicographer and educator, put it back in 1788, "The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head. " Yet he didn't come up with a good name, either. Sign Up. Leading teaching and learning through professional learning - ACEL. Leaders - Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Happiness Hacks: The 10 Most Unexpected Ways to Be Happy. We love happiness at Buffer. We’ve renamed customer support as customer happiness. Happiness is baked into our culture and values and the DNA of every person who works on the team. If there’s a smile to be had or a positive outlook to take, we’ll do our best to find it. As such, we’re always keen to test out new ways to improve on this value of happiness at work, at play, and at home.

Might there even be some unexpected ways to be happy? I pulled together some research about the many unexpected and counterintuitive ways to find happiness, and I’m happy to share with you what I found. 1. Cheerful + Downcast = Happy Acknowledging the complexity of life may be an especially fruitful path to psychological well-being The above quote from psychologist Jonathan Adler of the Franklin W. Adler and his colleague Hal Hershfield performed a study on this so-called mixed emotional experience and how it relates to positive, psychological well-being. 2. The breakdown: 3. Learn a new skill. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating.

How language can affect the way we think. Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) Might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For instance, he points out, in Chinese, saying “this is my uncle” is not as straightforward as you might think. In Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. The language requires that you denote the side the uncle is on, whether he’s related by marriage or birth and, if it’s your father’s brother, whether he’s older or younger.

“All of this information is obligatory. Chinese doesn’t let me ignore it,” says Chen. This got Chen wondering: Is there a connection between language and how we think and behave? While “futured languages,” like English, distinguish between the past, present and future, “futureless languages” like Chinese use the same phrasing to describe the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow. But that’s only the beginning. Featured illustration via iStock. Malaysia drops English language teaching. Malaysia has decided to abandon a six-year experiment in using English in state schools to teach maths and ­science.

The plan was intended to produce a new generation of global communicators, but government officials say it has stalled attainment and exposed a dearth of teachers able to deliver classes in English. Education minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced last Wednesday that the English-medium education policy introduced across the country in 2003, known as PPSMI, would be phased out from 2012. He said that evidence gathered during a year-long assessment and public consultation had convinced the government that PPSMI wasn't working, and that the dominance of English in the curriculum risked undermining students' grasp of their first language. "I wouldn't say it's a complete failure but it has not achieved the desired objectives that it was supposed to achieve," Muhyiddin told a press conference.

English-medium teaching was phased out of most schools by the 1970s. TV Special: TED Talks Education. 15 Ways to Overcome Procrastination and Get Stuff Done (Infographic) If you never start, you’ll never have a chance to fail. But you’ll never have a chance to succeed, either. So stop pretending you haven’t failed by not trying. Stop procrastinating and go for it. Your dilly-dallying around, your excuses, your poking, playing, puttering and loafing about aren’t fooling anyone. Procrastination is fear cloaked in nonchalance. Related: How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business? The Answer May Surprise You. Have a look at this infographic, generated by U.K. Click to Enlarge+ Related: Too Fast, Too Careful: The Struggle to Find Your Growth Sweet Spot Limited Time Offer Get a FREE Strategy Session Work Smarter, Not Harder! Neil Gershenfeld: Unleash your creativity in a Fab Lab. Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me.

TED - A funny, provocative talk on why we're often afraid... Summary_report_COBIS2014.pdf. Secret Teacher: Sats stress is crushing children's love of learning | Teacher Network. It’s funny really, we’ve all been there. We all remember sitting on the carpet with our legs crossed, listening wide-eyed to our teachers reading a book to us in class. That’s what many of us recall about primary school – how fun it was and how free we were to explore our ideas.

In many ways, that’s the point; to immerse our children in a world where learning is fun, to open up their imaginations and encourage them to be inquisitive in a safe space. As Socrates said, education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. As a primary teacher, that’s a good guiding mantra. Let children discover, their eyes light up and sparks ignite. Unfortunately, in the wake of their Sats preparation, my year 6 class – and I’m sure every year 6 child across the land – would probably say this isn’t so. Little Ricky, for example, loves geography. It’s at this point we need to wonder who we’re doing this for. Already so many children are being turned off school. Sir Ken Robinson: ‘The education system is a dangerous myth’ I’m often asked the same questions: what’s going wrong in education? Why? If you could reinvent education, what would it look like? Would you have schools?

Would there be different types? What would go on in them? Would everyone have to go, and how old would they have to be? The fundamental question is this: what is education for? Learning is the process of acquiring new knowledge and skills. Education means organised programmes of learning. Training is a type of education that focuses on learning specific skills.

By schools, I don’t mean only the conventional facilities that we are used to for children and teenagers. Happily ever after? We all love stories, even if they’re not true. Young children go to elementary school mainly to learn the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. In this story, real intelligence is what you use in academic studies: children are born with different amounts of this intelligence, so some naturally do well at school and others don’t. Talks to save you time at work — so you can focus on what you love | Playlist. Watch "Courageous beauty: Brittany Gibbons @ TEDxBGSU" Video at TEDxTalks.