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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.

Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail - Jessica Lahey A new study explores what happens to students who aren't allowed to suffer through setbacks. Matthew Benoit/Shutterstock Thirteen years ago, when I was a relatively new teacher, stumbling around my classroom on wobbly legs, I had to call a student's mother to inform her that I would be initiating disciplinary proceedings against her daughter for plagiarism, and that furthermore, her daughter would receive a zero for the plagiarized paper. "You can't do that. She didn't do anything wrong," the mother informed me, enraged. "But she did. "No, I mean she didn't do it. I don't remember what I said in response, but I'm fairly confident I had to take a moment to digest what I had just heard. In the end, my student received a zero and I made sure she re-wrote the paper. While I am not sure what the mother gained from the experience, the daughter gained an understanding of consequences, and I gained a war story. I'm done fantasizing about ways to make that mom from 13 years ago see the light.

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 :

Study Shows How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning As debate over education reform sizzles, and as teachers valiantly continue trying to do more with less, a new study suggests that it might be worth diverting at least a little attention from what’s going on in classrooms to how those spaces are being designed. The paper, published in the journal Building and the Environment, found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact, positive or negative, on a student’s progress over the course of an academic year. The difference between the best- and worst-designed classrooms covered in the study? A full year’s worth of academic progress. The study was conducted over the 2011–12 academic year, with 751 students in 34 classrooms, spread across seven primary schools in the seaside town of Blackpool, England. So what did they find? Read more here. [Hat tip: Wired] [Image: Brain and Board via Shutterstock]