Pray that your children get the first classroom, tweeted ResearchED founder Tom Bennett in response to the graphic by Deeper Learning. Blake Harvard, who teaches AP Psychology, defends the traditional classroom with a “sage on the stage” teacher. The “deeper learning” classroom has no monopoly on content, communications, collaboration, critical thinking, positive mindset and lifelong learning, Harvard argues. In his traditional classroom, students “interact verbally, self-ass
Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at Berkeley, wants parents to let their children grow freely without too much worry about how they’ll turn out. “I think the science suggests that being a caregiver for human beings is … much more about providing a protected space in which unexpected things can happen,” she tells NPR’s Modern Brain series. In The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman writes about the “diabolical genius of the baby advice industry,” with an emphasis on diaboli
Ohio will put a career readiness seal on the diplomas of graduates who’ve mastered skills such as teamwork and creativity, reports Catherine Gewertz in Education Week. Taking career-tech courses or showing mastery of vocational skills is not required. Among the 15 skills on Ohio’s list are “soft” or “21st century” skills such as “teamwork, punctuality, leadership, and having a good work ethic,” she writes. Others, like critical thinking, reflect longstanding educator goals. S
Letting teachers choose their own curriculum is a bad idea, writes Kathleen Porter-Magee, who taught middle-school science as an untrained 22-year-old in a Catholic school. She had tons of freedom, but no clue what she was doing. . . . study after study has demonstrated that requiring teachers use a proven textbook or curriculum to guide their teaching is one of the surest ways to improve outcomes for students.
. . . Brookings scholar Grover Whitehurst . . . and his colleagu