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A Container for Thought
A curation of articles, reflecting my passions as both a learner and an educator.
Curated by Lance W.
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Slavoj Žižek: "Most of the idiots I know are academics"

Slavoj Žižek: "Most of the idiots I know are academics" | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Luke Massey talks to the cultural theorist and ideas machine about Obama, stupidity and his favourite quasi-fascist industrial metal outfit - Rammstein.

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Marja Oilinki's curator insight, October 13, 2013 5:36 AM

Zizek (v:n näköiset pikkuhiput kummankin z:n päällä) on aina Zizek.

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College Board releases 'Education Pays' report

College Board releases 'Education Pays' report | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it

As a supplement to the 2013 Education Pays report -- which finds that the median earnings of bachelor's-degree recipients during a 40-year full-time working life are 65 percent higher than those of high school graduates -- the College Board addresses the “conflicting statements and views” in public discussions of higher education.

 

The College Board chastises those who question the value of higher education by perpetuating anecdotal stories about student debt and unemployment. The board concludes that while higher education may not be a boon for all, “on average and for most students, college is an excellent financial investment.”





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Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for "Autonomy" From States

Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push for "Autonomy" From States | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Oregon\u2019s three largest state schools are in the process of breaking away from the rest of the public system.
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All Students In The Dallas School District Will Now Get Free Meals

All Students In The Dallas School District Will Now Get Free Meals | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Dallas is the latest district to offer free meals to all of its students, regardless of income.
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I Quit Teach for America

I Quit Teach for America | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Five weeks of training was not enough to prepare me for a room of 20 unruly elementary-schoolers.
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Anti-piracy curriculum for elementary schools decried as ‘propaganda'

Anti-piracy curriculum for elementary schools decried as ‘propaganda' | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Content-industry giants and internet service providers are teaming up to produce multi-grade elementary school curriculum which will denounce copyright infringement.
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Public Education in the Crosshairs - ALEC's Private Scholarship Tax Credits

Public Education in the Crosshairs - ALEC's Private Scholarship Tax Credits | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
ALEC's model bills for scholarship tax credits for private school tuition harm the people they are purported to help.
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A MOOC Star Defects, at Least for Now

A MOOC Star Defects, at Least for Now | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Mitchell Duneier loved teaching sociology to 40,000 students online. But, fearing that legislators will use MOOCs like his to gut public colleges, he put it on hold.

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, September 4, 2013 11:44 AM

"Mr. Duneier's defection thrusts him into the contentious debate over college courses using MOOC content. The issue gained attention in May after philosophy professors at San Jose State University refused to teach a course produced by edX, the MOOC platform of Harvard and MIT. In an open letter to the edX course's creator—Michael Sandel, a Harvard University government professor and political philosopher—the San Jose professors warned of "replacing faculty with cheap online education."

Professors "who care about public education" should not create products that undermine it, the letter concluded." #oerrh #policy

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The NSA's next move: silencing university professors?

The NSA's next move: silencing university professors? | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Jay Rosen: A Johns Hopkins computer science professor blogs on the NSA and is asked to take it down. I fear for academic freedom
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Flow Chart Exposes Common Core's Myriad Corporate Connections

Flow Chart Exposes Common Core's Myriad Corporate Connections | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Morna McDermott has mapped the Common Core State Standard Initiative's corporate connections in a chart that illustrates the corporate takeover of public education.
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School is a prison — and damaging our kids

School is a prison — and damaging our kids | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Longer school years aren't the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn't work
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Yes.

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How Scholars Hack the World of Academic Publishing Now

How Scholars Hack the World of Academic Publishing Now | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
You can form a cartel. Or you can ignore it all together.

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If you want to understand the modern academy, it wouldn’t hurt to start at “impact factor.”

Every year, the company Thomson Reuters assigns every academic journal an “impact factor.” Impact factors measure, roughly, how often papers published in one journal are cited by other journals. It is an ecological measurement, in other words. You’d recognize the names of journals with the highest impact factors — Nature, Science, etc. — but the world of scholarly journals is enormous, and there’s crowding at the bottom.

Two stories today illustrate the problems with impact factors, and the difficulty of measuring knowledge through any metric.

First, Nature News revealed that a Brazilian citation cartel had been outed by Thomson Reuters. That’s right: a citation cartel.

The Brazilian government measures graduate schools based on the impact factor of the journals that those schools’ students publish in. Brazilian journals, many of which are newer, have low impact factors, so Brazilian graduate students often publish in journals abroad. This makes them and their graduate program look better, but it means the commercial benefit of Brazilian scholarship flows, in part, to non-Brazilian companies.

So editors at a set of Brazilian journals began linking to each others’ journals... a lot. The flurry of cross-citation made every journal appear more influential, and succeeded in raising the journals’ impact factor in 2011. For a moment, the scheme worked.

Until it didn’t.


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Karen Pearlman's comment, September 7, 2013 11:23 PM
The implication here is that applying economic rationalization to research culture seems to lead directly to a) corruption; b)meaningless research activity; c) strife filled worlds for academic researchers whereby value is measured against criteria external to the research concerns; and d) probably lower standards of teaching since this research outputs have more "value" for academic's careers.
Christos Nikolaou's comment, September 8, 2013 4:10 AM
sounds unfortunately true...
Pedro Tavares's curator insight, September 13, 2013 8:59 AM

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The Industrial Classroom | Jacobin

The Industrial Classroom | Jacobin | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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"Anti-corporate reform educators aren’t hostile to educational progress. They’re fighting a neoliberal model in which teachers as agents — subjects teaching subjects — are reduced to objects constrained and acted upon, told what to do and how to do it."

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What saying 'I' says about you

What saying 'I' says about you | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Researchers say that your usage of the pronoun 'I' says more about you than you may realize.

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 10, 2013 10:39 AM

One interesting statement: "Avoiding the first-person pronoun is distancing." I would be interested in the book "The Secret Life of Pronouns" just to find out why people refer to themselves in the third person (techically, using one's name when talking about oneself is not often using a pronoun, but maybe cognitively, it is. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 10, 2013 12:31 PM

I wonder what it means when the person who overuses "I" has no real authority based on experience?

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Rio's Anarchists Rioted in Support of Schoolteachers | VICE United States

Rio's Anarchists Rioted in Support of Schoolteachers | VICE United States | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The idea of anarchists rioting their angry hearts out on behalf of schoolteachers is a pretty weird one, but that's exactly what happened in Rio on Monday.
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'160,000 Kids Stay Home From School Each Day to Avoid Being Bullied'

'160,000 Kids Stay Home From School Each Day to Avoid Being Bullied' | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
An astounding, alarming, and basically false statistic
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Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: Scientific American

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: Scientific American | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The types of books we read may affect how we relate to others
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Massive Open Online Classes Need to Go Back to Their Airy-Fairy Roots

Massive Open Online Classes Need to Go Back to Their Airy-Fairy Roots | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it

There’s a dirty little secret at the heart of education: We don’t really know what learning is, how people best do it, or how to measure it. 


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The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connecting | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
"Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them,

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The First Day of School in Philadelphia

The First Day of School in Philadelphia | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
On the southwest corner of 22nd and Arch in Center City is the Science Leadership Academy. It is a proud Philadelphia School District high school, led by education celebrity Christopher Lehman.
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Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind

Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Chasing prestige and battered by state funding cuts, many public colleges and universities with a historic responsibility to provide access to an affordable education have turned to
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Tens of Thousands March Against Mexico School Privatization

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Teachers blockade downtown Mexico City to protest education reforms they say is harmful to public schools.
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Critical Thinking Is Most Important Skill to Learn in School, Gallup Survey Finds

Critical Thinking Is Most Important Skill to Learn in School, Gallup Survey Finds | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it

 

 

80% of adults "strongly agree" that K-12 schools should teach critical thinking to students, according to a May Gallup poll on American attitudes toward public education published on Aug. 21.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 6, 2013 4:59 PM

 

80% of adults "strongly agree" that K-12 schools should teach critical thinking to students, according to a May Gallup poll on American attitudes toward public education published on Aug. 21.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking


davidconover's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:25 PM

How do you incorporate critical thinking as part of your subject matter?

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Taught by Finland

Taught by Finland | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
I'm an American teacher in Finland, excavating Finnish education as I teach in Helsinki, and keeping a blog to share insights.

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Jim Bob's comment, August 31, 2013 11:53 PM
Well done Susan.