This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. The Math Forum @ Drexel University The Math Forum has a rich history as an online hub for the mathematics education community. A debt of gratitude is owed to the dedicated staff who created and maintained the top math education content and community forums that made up the Math Forum since its inception. NCTM will continue to make many of the most popular parts of the Math Forum content accessible to the mathematics education community. We hope that you will join or continue to be a member of the NCTM community to access even more high-quality resources for teaching and the learning of each and every student. Problems of the Week
Open Educational Resources Open educational resources (OER) include textbooks, classroom modules, lesson plans, video content, and other media that are freely accessible, openly licensed, and adaptable for instructional use. The Cape Town Open Education Declaration (link is external)emphasizes that OERs are meant for instructors “to use, customize, improve and redistribute … without constraint” (Shuttleworth et. al, 2008). As the 2012 UNESCO World Conference (link is external) and others have observed, “OER” also signals a larger movement to disseminate educational content in ways that enable access for a range of underserved learners, including those with low socioeconomic status and disability.
Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours Knowledge Doubling Curve Buckminster Fuller created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve”; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth.
Continuing Our Support for Open Textbooks – COT Education Psychotherapist, writer and thought leader in the emerging field of arts therapy, Cynthia Gustavson is the author of In-Versing Your Life ( 2nd addition: Blooming Twig Books. NY. 2006,) an acclaimed series of writing-directed guidebooks. She authored three other award winning publications, Bully! The Big Book for Bullies and the Bullied (Blooming Twig Books. NY. 2011,) children’s book, Ballad of the Rag Man (2009,) and poetry collection, Please Use This for Children and Not for War and Guns (2010). Gustavson contributed the chapter, “The Use of Poetry Therapy for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Trauma,” to the textbook Expressive Therapies for Sexual Issues: A Social Work Perspective, (ed.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why You Will Never Find Scientists Leading Armies Into Battle In the exclusive extras below, the beloved science rock star talks about his childhood curiosity about the universe, Carl Sagan, and his experience on 9/11 in downtown Manhattan. On discovering the stars as a child, on a family trip to the Hayden Planetarium. “The stars came out, and I was hooked. How could you not be?… I was helpless in the presence because of the boundlessness of that night sky. Some people fear the unlimited horizon that is exploration. This Guy Stopped Charging Clients And He Has Zero Regrets That guy there, with the incredibly cute baby, is a Philadelphia web designer named Adrian Hoppel. A couple of years ago, he decided that working a traditional job was "toxic." This, of course, can be an inconvenient realization for an adult with a family. But Hoppel had given it a lot of thought, and decided to make a specific sort of change: he stopped charging money for his work, and instead began to operate within the "gift economy." There are various societies and groups in which "gifting" is already commonplace, like the yearly Burning Man festival.
The Entropy of Nations The 18th century writer Adam Smith provided a workable metaphor for the way society utilizes resources. In his book “The Wealth of Nations,” he argued that even as individuals strive, through personal industry, to maximize their advantage in life, they inadvertently contribute---as if under the influence of a “hidden hand”---to an aggregate disposition of wealth. Well, if Smith were a physicist and alive in the 21st century he might be tempted to compare people or nations to molecules and to replace the phrase “hidden hand” with “thermodynamic process.” Empires and slave-trading left their mark on our genes - health - 13 February 2014 Major episodes in history like the rise and fall of the Mongol empire have left indelible marks on our genes. A new genetic study of people alive today shows how our ancestors interbred over the past 4000 years, and links these events to the appearance of empires. Garrett Hellenthal of University College London and colleagues have pinpointed the impacts of historical migrations and invasions on our DNA.
100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language. With 100 sites to choose from, you’re bound to find something here that will help you learn just about anything you could want. General Tutorials These sites offer a wide range of tutorials and videos. Groundbreaking Idea Of Life's Origin Why does life exist? Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.” From the standpoint of physics, there is one essential difference between living things and inanimate clumps of carbon atoms: The former tend to be much better at capturing energy from their environment and dissipating that energy as heat. Jeremy England, a 31-year-old assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has derived a mathematical formula that he believes explains this capacity.