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Another education thought

If you’re required to learn something because “it will be on the test,” you’re not being educated. You’re being trained to follow orders.

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Victor Wooten’s brilliant TED talk

Recently, I ran across a TED talk by virtuoso bass player Victor Wooten about learning without being taught, and posted some thoughts about it on my professional website. Here’s a link.

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Deregulation and innovation in higher education

Here’s an article in today’s (7/31/18) Inside Higher Ed about Education Secretary DeVos’s push to deregulate and innovate in higher education. I’m pretty sure that deregulating for-profit education is a bad idea which has already failed spectacularly and repeatedly. But … Continue reading

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Lessons I’ve learned the hard way #61

The people who most invoke strong feelings in you (anger, disgust, fear, hatred, etc.) are the ones who have the most to teach you.

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Lessons I’ve learned the hard way #56

People do what makes sense to them. If they do things that don’t make sense to you, it’s because there’s something you don’t understand. Don’t judge them until you’ve made a serious effort to put yourself in their place.

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Lessons I’ve learned the hard way #42

Trying to avoid reinventing the wheel often means you’re more interested in wheels than invention.

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Lessons I’ve learned the hard way #32

From childbirth education class, many years ago: Fatigue makes EVERYTHING worse.

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Lessons I’ve learned the hard way #30

If you want to know what education “reformers” really think of the reforms they advocate, look where they send their own kids to school.

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Lessons I’ve learned the hard way #27

Questions are almost always more interesting than answers. Questions open up possibilities; answers do the opposite.

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Lessons I’ve learned the hard way #21

Develop your endurance first, then increase your speed. (An athletic training lesson that applies in many areas of life.)

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