Found in Translation
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I suppose that this is one kind of experiential, informal education. Not my cup of tea- I was never one for guts and gore - but if it saves a few people from purgatory, perhaps it's worth it. (There's also a discussion of "Hell Houses" in this book.)
Parents, kids, and the great outdoors. That autumn right of passage: apple picking. What a scam!
I don't know if it makes any educational sense to cram college into three years, but it sure makes economic sense, and that seems to be what matters these days.
Yup, admit it, you yell at your kids, even when you know it's the wrong thing to do. Well, you're in the same boat as everyone else. The NY Times reports.
The more successful the teacher, the more he or she should be paid. Makes sense. Unfortunately, in at least one study, it doesn't work. When teachers get paid more if students get good grades, you get grade inflation. When teachers get paid more if students do well on standardized tests, school becomes a series of test-prep workshops, and real mastery is cast by the wayside. When only some teachers can gain the salary bonuses, then teachers start competing with one another and stop collaborating.
This is really too bad to be true. A school in North Caroline is, quite literally, selling points on a test, in order to raise money. (If this is succesful, perhaps they can raise even more by having kids pay not to bother coming.)
The fact that the British government pays for the secular education in Jewish day schools is obviously an advantage. The disadvantage is that their courts get to decide who is a Jew. The NY Times reports.
Who cares about broadening horizons, experiencing new things, airing out, multi-sensory learning, and just plain fun!? Now that the NY Times has set me straight, I now understand the real reason to take urban kids on a field trip to the farm: it boosts their test scores.
It's the little things that matter, like chalk vs. dry-erase markers . You CAN save the planet!
Its an old debate between those who claim that "real" education involves extensive background knowledge in an established cultural canon, and the constructivists, who argue that any given canon is artificial and that we should give students more leeway in determining what they learn and how they learn it. Perhaps the experience in one State can help answer that question once and for all (or not).