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What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?
Photo Dominic Randolph can seem a little out of place at Riverdale Country School — which is odd, because he’s the headmaster. Riverdale is one of New York City’s most prestigious private schools, with a 104-year-old campus that looks down grandly on Van Cortlandt Park from the top of a steep hill in the richest part of the Bronx. On the discussion boards of, worked-up moms from the Upper East Side argue over whether Riverdale sends enough seniors to Harvard, Yale and Princeton to be considered truly “TT” (top-tier, in UrbanBabyese), or whether it is more accurately labeled “2T” (second-tier), but it is, certainly, part of the city’s private-school elite, a place members of the establishment send their kids to learn to be members of the establishment. Randolph, by contrast, comes across as an iconoclast, a disrupter, even a bit of an eccentric. Levin had believed in the importance of character since KIPP’s inception. For Levin, the next step was clear. Related:  Ed Reform

Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet (Update: Stephen Colbert’s take; other details) In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff department, here’s what the Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012 platform as part of the section on education: Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority. Yes, you read that right. The party opposes the teaching of “higher order thinking skills” because it believes the purpose is to challenge a student’s “fixed beliefs” and undermine “parental authority.” It opposes, among other things, early childhood education, sex education, and multicultural education, but supports “school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded.” U.S.

Create-a-Story By Craig Gill Age Range: 7 to 11 This resource can be used to help children who may lack ideas during creative writing lessons. It consists of four charts, which contain 81 characters, 81 places, 81 situations and 81 objects. WARNING - some of them are a little gruesome! The downloadable resources can be found here This should be enough for even the most unimaginative child to create at least one or two stories! How to use the charts. 1) Write down any two figure number (example: 58) 2) Using the first chart (Characters), find the square which is 5 across and 8 down, and write down the word/phrase in this square (example: the prince of the Gypsies). 3) Choose two figure numbers for the other three charts, and find the appropriate squares (example: "an attic in an old house", "a death trap", and "a tape recording"). 4) Weave a story around those four ingredients. Variations: 1) Write down two numbers and use these forwards and backwards, e.g. 25 and 52, 81 and 18.

J’ai débranché | Thierry Crouzet Au début, vous regardiez vos mails une ou deux fois par jour. Combien de fois le faites-vous aujourd’hui ? Vous arrive-t-il de consulter vos messages compulsivement toutes les cinq minutes, comme si votre vie en dépendait ? Cherchez-vous parfois votre mobile avec plus de fébrilité que vos clés ? En un mot, seriez-vous accro à internet ? Cet outil inventé pour nous aider à mieux communiquer ferait-il de nous des esclaves ? Épuisé par quinze ans d’hyperactivité en ligne, Thierry Crouzet, gourou des réseaux sociaux et auteur de nombreux ouvrages sur les nouvelles technologies, entame une cure de désintoxication. Présentation Ses amis disaient qu’il était addict aux réseaux sociaux. Maître Eckhart a écrit « Vous croyez connaître la mer parce que vous la traversez avec un bateau, mais la mer n’est pas une surface, elle est abîme. Tout au long de son aventure, ses amis, ses enfants, et surtout sa femme, véritable héroïne de son livre, ne l’ont pas ménagé. Freiner.

Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg, with a foreword by Andy Hargreaves Teachers College Press, 167 pp., $34.95 (paper) In recent years, elected officials and policymakers such as former president George W. Bush, former schools chancellor Joel Klein in New York City, former schools chancellor Michelle Rhee in Washington, D.C., and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have agreed that there should be “no excuses” for schools with low test scores. The “no excuses” reformers maintain that all children can attain academic proficiency without regard to poverty, disability, or other conditions, and that someone must be held accountable if they do not. Nothing is said about holding accountable the district leadership or the elected officials who determine such crucial issues as funding, class size, and resource allocation. It is not unusual for Americans to hold up another nation as a model for school reform.

Welcome Kílian Jornet Burgada Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Kílian Jornet i Burgada, né le 27 octobre 1987, originaire de Sabadell en Catalogne (Espagne), est un spécialiste en ski-alpinisme, ultra-trail et course à pied en montagne. Il est trois fois champion du monde de skyrunning. Il est considéré comme l’un des plus grands coureurs à pied en montagne de tous les temps, parfois surnommé « l'extraterrestre du trail[2] ». Biographie[modifier | modifier le code] Kílian naît le 27 octobre 1987 à Sabadell en Catalogne. À treize ans, il intègre le Centre de Tecnificació d'Esquí de Muntanya de Catalunya, où il commence à s'entraîner sérieusement pour le ski-alpinisme[3]. Sa grande capacité de récupération physique et sa grande polyvalence technique[n 1] lui permettent de gagner en 2009 la Coupe du Monde individuelle de ski-alpinisme et de devenir champion du monde de courses de montagne. Summits of my Life[modifier | modifier le code] Palmarès[modifier | modifier le code] Légende :

Moving beyond our vacuous education reform discussions | Reihan Salam Barack Obama is a champion of education reform. So is Mitt Romney. Even in the midst of an extremely polarized political season, the former Massachusetts governor has offered praise for Arne Duncan, President Obama’s secretary of education, and for the Obama administration’s Race to the Top initiative. The same is true of Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, who has emerged as the GOP’s leading point person on fixing America’s schools. The reform label applies to at least three broad ideas: (1) standards-oriented reform, or let’s have more testing and accountability; (2) human capital reform, or let’s have better teachers; and (3) choice-oriented reform, or let’s use “backpack funding” that will allow public education dollars to follow the student wherever she chooses to enroll, whether it’s a neighborhood public school, a public charter or (perhaps) a voucher-eligible private school. That shouldn’t come as a shock. Relinquishers remain a small minority in the education world.

Theodore Zeldin: The Art of Conversation « Perfect Path If you want to gain trust in your profession, conversation is the best way to achieve it. Nowadays we do much more talking than we did in the past but we haven’t studied conversation. Talk is different from conversation. Now a new kind of conversation – who it is you keep company with – a social activity not just the exchange of words. You’re in corporations not only to make money but to bring people together to do things that they could not do alone. Public opinion polls show that people don’t trust business to tell the truth. The new relationship between public work and private life. Give the same attention to conversation as you do to looking after your body (!) It is not enough to know a lot and be able to talk narrowly about your stuff, you have to be able to communicate with people from different backgrounds in different contexts. There is now an enormous opportunity for us to change the world and facilitate conversation. How can you learn to converse? Like this: Like Loading...