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The enterprise university is constructed in opposition to kindness and conducting research is increasingly pressurised and solitary | British Politics and Policy at LSE

The enterprise university is constructed in opposition to kindness and conducting research is increasingly pressurised and solitary | British Politics and Policy at LSE | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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Paulo Freire Documentary Seeing Through Paulo's Glasses: Political Clarity, Courage and Humility

Short documentary about Paulo Freire. Seeing Through Paulo's Glasses: Political Clarity, Courage and Humility Directed and Produced by Dr. Shirley Steinberg,...
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Conservatives declare war on college

Conservatives declare war on college | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Bobby Jindal doesn't want the GOP to be the "stupid party," but fellow governors are plotting to wreck higher ed
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Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 22, 2013 7:45 PM
Incorporating this into a blog at Reason & Existenz. After I post it, I wish you would make some comments & reactions.
Lance Weihmuller's comment, February 22, 2013 7:49 PM
As a matter of course.
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Of MOOCs and Mousetraps - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Of MOOCs and Mousetraps - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it

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In Defense of Liberal Arts - Sort'a by @Dwarlick

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This is something that has troubled my wife for a couple of weeks. It's an issue I have only, in the last couple of days, started to pay attention to — my state's recently elected conservative Governor.

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Finding Students' Hidden Strengths and Passions

Finding Students' Hidden Strengths and Passions | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is the President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and he has spent a lot of time thinking about how to inspire both. He has some ideas about how we c

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All great teaching is an act of inclusion.

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 19, 2013 10:18 AM

This is something I've been trying to bring to light in online discussion groups regarding the so-called creativity crisis. As the author points out: "To use the word "hidden" may not be quite accurate because often, strengths are hidden by lack of opportunity to display them." 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 19, 2013 4:05 PM

This article suggests we engage in authentic conversations with our students and get to know who they are outside of school.

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Open Access Creative Commons licences for Cambridge Journals

Open Access Creative Commons licences for Cambridge Journals | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Cambridge University Press has announced today that articles in its Open Access journals can be published with A Creative Commons Attribution licence ('CC-BY').

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Corporations Advise School Closings, While Private Charters Suck Public Schools Away

Corporations Advise School Closings, While Private Charters Suck Public Schools Away | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
As charter proponents aim to cash in on major investment returns, Philly braces for a massive schools shakeup.
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Students Must Learn More Words, Say Studies

Students Must Learn More Words, Say Studies | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Without better instruction, children starting school with small vocabularies will struggle with common standards, scholars say.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 16, 2013 11:23 AM

It is a by-product of poverty and changing demographics in our North American societies. What should we do to help parents and children close the gap? The wealthy have clear advantages. Are parents reading or able to read to their children as pre-schoolers? Are we teaching printing and writing? Those two are linked to reading skills and neurologically benefit children. We have pseudo-experts out there selling us on digital technology is the only answer. It is a part of a much larger conversation that deals with this complex, not complicated topic.

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Quitters Never Win: The Costs of Leaving Social Media

Quitters Never Win: The Costs of Leaving Social Media | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Forget Lolcats. If we quit using sites like Facebook, we'll miss opportunities for self-expression, personal growth, learning, support, and civic exchange.
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It saddens me when I see others, especially youths, my own peers, abandon or dismiss online platforms in fear that their privacy will be compromised. Understanding and conditioning one's online self is imperative, to be sure; however, it is the exposure of expression that enables our power in social media.

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White House's new scorecard oversimplifies institutions, liberal arts advocates say | Inside Higher Ed

White House's new scorecard oversimplifies institutions, liberal arts advocates say | Inside Higher Ed | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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Oversimplifies? More like, disregards. 

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Getty Images With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there's a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-traini

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Lance Weihmuller's insight:

Answer: not really. 

 

But! "...55 percent say they’ve learned how to use interactive whiteboards." 

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 13, 2013 11:22 AM

A MUST read!!!

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 2013 3:54 PM

I don't think we are, but that is not a problem. The question is "do teachers have the skills, the adaptability, and the learning aptitude?" We cannot fully imagine the next wave or generation of technology.

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Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices

Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls

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This piece of old news should not be "old news."

 

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Heat rising on Emory president

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Campus protests, faculty censure and New York Times story put pressure on man who lionized three-fifths compromise
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The Three Horsemen of the MOOCpocaplypse

The Three Horsemen of the MOOCpocaplypse | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
A small foray into the political after a few weeks of mostly concentrating on spirituality. But not too far in as my concern is prompted by my contemplation. I want to thank my good brother Lance W...

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University Presidents—Speak Out! | The Nation

University Presidents—Speak Out! | The Nation | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Where are their voices on the major issues of the day?

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“A college president has an obligation to be more outspoken than the average citizen…. Failure to be in a leadership role on matters of public policy…is an act of cowardice and an avoidance of responsibility. We need to teach our students that the civilized assertion of one’s beliefs is an obligation, an honor, and a pleasure.”

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Keith Wayne Brown's curator insight, February 21, 2013 6:32 PM

Yeah. Not going to happen. Though it really does need to happen.

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Millennials Come of Age: America's Most Stressed Generation

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  More information to digest concerning the growing chasm as we move from the Society of Discipline (of which Boomers & Gen-X make the last generation) into the Society of Control (of whic...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:03 PM

Why are they stressed? They are tethered to their technology and have no space to move. Creativity is not a technological function. It occurs in playfulness. Second point is that the pace of life is exhausting. We need to pause and find sacred space at times.

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Stanford’s Fund-Raising Topped $1 Billion in 2012

Stanford’s Fund-Raising Topped $1 Billion in 2012 | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The California university announced earlier this month that its five-year capital campaign brought in $6.23 billion.
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Good news for those few elite institutions. But still, elite or not, any institution's focus should not be on fundraising. It is our responsiblity, as a democracy, to support and protect this democratic pastoral of ours.

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Some Preliminary Theses on MOOCs

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https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165023755325440 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165104390815744 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165343956860928 These tweets got a l...

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"Draconian cutbacks to education are a choice we are making, not an historical inevitability or some unyielding law of nature, and a choice we can yet unmake."

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Brad Evans and Henry Giroux Conversation (full)

Dr Brad Evans (Senior Lecturer in International Studies (Bristol) and Founder/Director of the Histories of Violence Project) and Dr Henry A. Giroux (Professo...
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Watch this, a truly inspirational conversation:

 

 

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Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 17, 2013 5:53 PM
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Physicist's Famous Principle Shown To Work In 'Macro' World Too

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By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 02/14/2013 02:26 PM EST on LiveScience They knew it was true, but now they've shown it: Scientists have demonstrated that the uncertainty principle, one of the most famous rules of quantum physics,...

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for the love of learning: Part II: Parental Involvement in education: What kind? To what ends?

for the love of learning: Part II: Parental Involvement in education: What kind? To what ends? | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it

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Illuminating take on what I can remember as I was coming up in the American public school system, both from my own experiences and those of my classmates 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:40 AM

Many good points here which suggests we need to enter into conversations that engage parents, children, and educator. This would lead to building community rather than teams where the outcomes are usualy external to the participants. Community means we are neighbours and accept the flaws along with the good moments. It requires much different listening and trust which simply does not exist in most schools.

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Thinking without Professional Recognition

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I work in and around higher education in the United States, but I am not a professor. I sometimes say that I am in the academy but not necessarily of the academy. This does not imply, however, that...
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~~thinking and living for your self~~

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:35 PM

It is interesting who is recognized in education at any level. It is rarely those carrying the biggest load.

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MOOCs and Pedagogy: Part 2

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Hard as it is for me to keep up with the spread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher education and the sizable issues accompanying how they are organized, taught, and what students take...

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Lance Weihmuller's insight:

Strong point that needs to be taken up more by other voices, both advocates and skeptics:


"Conflating MOOCs with instructional methods misleads professors, students, and the public about what teachers teach and what students learn."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 2013 6:03 AM

Larry Cuban presents a view of the growing conversation that needs to be considered. Are we mindful in our practice. Teaching, he points out, is different than information delivery which can be done digitally. Teaching and learning are not always the opposites of each other. Etienne Wenger in his work on communities of practice makes this distinction. Learning can happen without teaching, but there will be many times the human component is essential.

Ivon Prefontaine's comment, February 15, 2013 4:02 PM
Agreed. Lance the more voices we have that offer sound views makes the conversation more effective.
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Tree Sitting – A Rebuttal to Clay Shirky

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Clay Shirky observed at the Awl last week that he and I disagree over whether the trend toward MOOCs in higher education is reversible—he says no, and he says that I say yes—and I suppose he’s right, so far as that goes. But I don’t think that goes very far.There were a few cheap shots about “teamsters in tweed” that were worth noting. A lazy trope that depends on the belief that unions are essentially illegitimate, selfish, and retrograde, it’s a sly dig that lets him insinuate without directly asserting that anti-MOOC academics are self-interested and conservative luddites, that we are somehow positioning our own self-interest in opposition to the deep public spirit of Silicon Valley. It also passes along the insinuation that academics are powerfully unionized, which is far from the truth; as Jonathan Rees points out, would that we were more like teamsters.


But I’d just like to note the cheapness of that critique before moving on: as if self-interest is some unique academic perversion, as if Shirky himself lacks bread and a knowledge of which side it is buttered on, and—most importantly—as if the drive to make money off of students isn’t the only reason Silicon Valley is getting on the MOOC bandwagon. Because, of course, this was my original critique of Shirky’s language of “we educators”: he rhetorically inhabits that position in order to pooh-pooh its legitimacy as an opinion. He signs up for team education in order to run up the white flag on our behalf. Thanks, but, please, no thanks.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 12, 2013 3:26 PM

I was unfamiliar with the term Borg Complex before this. I have read Clay Shirky's work and I like the counterbalance that this article presents. I don't think MOOC's are reversable, but they can provided in a more responsible, mindful manner that leads to high quality learning.

Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 12, 2013 8:34 PM
A really daoist response in some ways. The notion that the "useless" tree is quite useful in the overall and the long term, serving a purpose in the rhizomatic interconnection of cycles.
Mark Gillingham's curator insight, February 13, 2013 2:33 PM

An idea worth debating.