Saturday, June 19, 2010

To assign homework or not?

Alfie Kohn Live Chat from Shelly Terrell on Vimeo.

"Research has never confirmed that homework is useful for creating study skills, independence, responsibility, or self discipline." (Kohn, 2010)
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Will it be done by you or to you?

Scott McLeod references Dr. Richard Florida’s idea that the world is indeed not flat but spiky. I have previously proposed that the world is wrinkled. These two ideas are identical but in name.
The wrinkles, as a describe in K12Online, are getting closer to each other, causing those of us on the top to see a flattening world, which Thomas Friedman has described.
But as those wrinkles draw closer to each other on top, the bottoms become increasingly hidden. Those on the inside of the wrinkles who are increasingly hidden from view are the 'have-nots'.So the idea that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is a correct view of the present situation.
Scott quotes a section from Florida's book which suggests that there the population of areas caught inside the wrinkles is diminishing and that those people inside are increasingly connected to each other.
I refute these assertions. Can he support is claim in consideration of the birth rates and infant/juvenile mortality rates of these areas? How about the per capita? Internet service providers and internet subscription rates?
I claim people caught inside the wrinkles live in areas with increasing mortality rates, increasing birth rates, and they are not connected to the rest of the 'flattening world'.
If internet service is provided, individuals cannot take advantage of it because they lack skills and money with which to do it. Such are at the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, their main concern being survival.
I welcome your signed ideas.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Are You Ready?

The future is here, are you ready for it, or will you be left in the dust?

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