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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond
Combat the epidemic of misinformation that plagues the corporate media! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and keep independent journalism strong. Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Andrew Rusk / Flickr ) Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political critic and activist. He is an institute professor and professor emeritus in the department of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. History educator Daniel Falcone spoke with Chomsky in his Cambridge office on May 14. Also see: Democracy and Education in the 21st Century: Part 1, Daniel Falcone Interviews Noam Chomsky, June 2009 Daniel Falcone for Truthout: I wanted to ask you some questions about education in the 21st century. Chomsky: Not sure the topic exists. Falcone: Yes, right. Chomsky: That's an interesting question. And these were independent farmers. And there was more to it than that. So, it's kind of a mixture. The other is what's happening to teachers like you.

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Police in North Carolina Patrol in a Corvette The nonpolice version of the Corvette Z06. Speeders in Wake County, N.C., will have to go pretty fast if they want to outrun the police department’s latest interceptor — a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The Wake County police recently seized the Corvette from a drug dealer, said David Cooke, the county manager, according to the News & Observer. The car is being used to patrol Interstate 40. The county sheriff, Donnie Harrison, however, was apparently less forthcoming with the local paper. “You’re not going to force me to talk about anything, you understand?”

Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill (Note: Read Bruce Levine’s latest post: Anti-Authoritarians and Schizophrenia: Do Rebels Who Defy Treatment Do Better? In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not. Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority. Some activists lament how few anti-authoritarians there appear to be in the United States. Why Mental Health Professionals Diagnose Anti-Authoritarians with Mental Illness

The Persistent Appeal of Technology in Learning Image credit: iStockphoto Dr. Victor Frankenstein loved technology, and Mary Shelley's work of fiction was at once a cautionary and promotional tale of technology's incredible potential. In the iconic story, he took the pieces of a human being and stitched them together to create something monstrous -- but in many ways more human than the model he was hoping to produce. Who doesn't love a little irony? Education loves technology, too -- and for good reason. Are Sugata Mitra's ideas on education doomed to failure? Joe Tibbetts recalls his part in developing the National Curriculum and is depressed by the failure to make education relevant and appropriate. Sugata Mitra is a 61 year old Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University in the far north east of England. He is a genuine polymath, so described because of the wide range of disciplines and subjects in which he has made telling interventions.

Egocide and suicide | The Psychology of Me Lately, I’ve been thinking about egocide. (Why does my autocorrect want to change that to “geocode”??) I’m at the end of my rope and climbing back up is not an option. I’ve got to change. P2PU How we test ideas about learning. Current projects Use the drop down list above to see all current projects. Here are a few examples: The Citizen Science project makes scientific ideas and practice accessible to everyone.The Open Masters creates a template for anyone to pursue their own semi-formal study.The Mechanical MOOC automates a massive course experience.

The best and worst regions for education revealed South Island kids are achieving more at school than their northern counterparts, although the West Coast is alongside Northland, Waikato and Gisborne as the areas struggling the most, new data shows. The Ministry of Education released regional data for early childhood education participation, national standards achievement, and NCEA level two attainment for the first time on Thursday. It shows students in most parts of the South Island are achieving well compared to targets, while North Island areas are behind. Otago, Canterbury, Nelson and Tasman all exceeded the target of 98 per cent participation in early childhood education. Northland (92.1 per cent) and West Coast (94.9 per cent) had the worst results. Similarly, primary schools across the South Island, barring the West Coast, did the best, with more than 80 per cent of students reading at the national standard level.

This is Why I'll Never be an Adult I have repeatedly discovered that it is important for me not to surpass my capacity for responsibility. Over the years, this capacity has grown, but the results of exceeding it have not changed. Normally, my capacity is exceeded gradually, through the accumulation of simple, daily tasks. But a few times a year, I spontaneously decide that I'm ready to be a real adult.

Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains Bloom's Taxonomy was created in 1956 under the leadership of educational psychologist Dr Benjamin Bloom in order to promote higher forms of thinking in education, such as analyzing and evaluating concepts, processes, procedures, and principles, rather than just remembering facts (rote learning). It is most often used when designing educational, training, and learning processes. The Three Domains of Learning The committee identified three domains of educational activities or learning (Bloom, et al. 1956): The Unspoken Key To Finding Meaningful Work Here's an interesting question: Why are the nation's highest-achieving undergrads flying to finance and consulting? As Cal Newport observes, the majority of Dartmouth's five valedictorians are choosing those two sectors, while 36% of an entire Princeton class a year ago took finance gigs and 17% of Harvard grads did the same. Is this, as a David Brooks might say, a brain drain, caused by thinking the only options for elite students are: making buckets of money in finance or consulting, saving the world at nonprofits, for West Coasters, starting a tech company?

Domesticated silver fox The result of over 50 years of experiments in the Soviet Union and Russia, the breeding project was set up in 1959[1] by Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev. It continues today at The Institute of Cytology and Genetics at Novosibirsk, under the supervision of Lyudmila Trut. Initial experimentation[edit]