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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley on TED

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

Via Andrea Zeitz, Jim Lerman
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Great TED talk regarding education.  Some the key points I liked:

- Teaching is a creative profession.

- Educaitonn is about learning.

- Role of the teacher is to facilitate learning.

- Education is not a mechanized industrial system, but a human system.

- Role of Education Leaders is not command and control, but creating an institutional culture of possibility.

 

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 16, 2013 9:01 PM

He is right on target...Brilliant!

Lorena Saltos Dueñas's comment, May 17, 2013 11:03 AM
That`s really true, his focus makes us to react.
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The end of the "talk" is not seen in this video, but Boys, is he good

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In schools, self-esteem boosting is losing favor to rigor, finer-tuned praise

In schools, self-esteem boosting is losing favor to rigor, finer-tuned praise | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
For decades, the prevailing wisdom in education was that high achievement would follow high self-esteem. Now that is being turned on its head.
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Conventional wisdom holds that students with high self-esteem achieve higher academic success.  However, research studies indicate that there is no evidence to support this (Chevalier, 2008; Stringer, 2008).  This article emphasizes the need for teachers to focus less on building positive self-esteem in their students and focus more on creating an environment that encourages persistence, risk-taking, and resilience.  These attitudes and character traits have a far greater impact on academic performance than does a positive self-image. 

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Interesting study regarding student's consumer choice of college major when faced with a competitive economic environment.

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The Problem With Obama's "Free Community College" Proposal

The Problem With Obama's "Free Community College" Proposal | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
President Obama's free college plan won't actually raise the number of college graduates without improvements in the way community colleges help students succeed.
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Affordability is not the only issue that needs to be addressed to increase the number of college graduates in America.  Barriers to student performance must also be addressed.  This requires advisors and mentors that work closely with students to identify their goals and monitor their progress.  These resources are expensive and if properly funded would increase the tuition of community college thus affect the affordability barrier.  

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White House plans to take Tennessee Promise national @insidehighered

White House plans to take Tennessee Promise national @insidehighered | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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More students taking the fast track to graduation

More students taking the fast track to graduation | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
College seniors are increasingly ditching the traditional springtime cap and gown ceremony to get a head start in the real world.
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Graduating early is a response to the rising cost of college tuition and the focus on a job centric culture.  Community colleges across the nation are offering programs that allow juniors and seniors in high school to earn college credit prior to high school graduation, thus cutting their time at a four year institution by 1-2 years.

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Text of Steve Jobs' Commencement address (2005)

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.
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"Stay hungry, stay foolish" - Steve Jobs.

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Rating Plan Would Put Colleges Into One of Three Categories

Rating Plan Would Put Colleges Into One of Three Categories | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
A report offers the first glimpse into the Obama administration’s plan to grade colleges, placing them into three categories of performance.
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Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce

Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Job seekers face being shut out of middle-skill, middle-class occupations by employers’ rising demand for a bachelor’s degree.
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The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
The share of men aged 25 to 54 who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, with many having decided that low-wage jobs will not improve their lives.
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“Technological advances have eliminated many of the jobs in which high school graduates once could earn $40 an hour, or more….85 percent of prime-age men without jobs do not have bachelor’s degrees.”  -  This is the crux of the issue.  Available high paying jobs require specific post-secondary education, training, and experience.  Simply earning a bachelor’s degree in any subject is not sufficient, as many college graduates find out upon graduation.  Today’s worker needs to explore educational opportunities beyond high school and that are directly tied to an employable field such as: computer networking, welding, programmable logic control, industrial maintenance, production operator, nursing, accounting, sales, retail management, etc.  Many of these professions use to hire high school graduates, but with the advances of technology and the need to hire quality workers, they now require at least an Associate of Arts/Science degree offered at local community colleges.  The American Community College system will continue to play an even greater role in the development of America’s 21st Century workforce.      

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What Does Your Career Tenure Say About You? - AMA Playbook

What Does Your Career Tenure Say About You? - AMA Playbook | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
In a tough job market, every aspect of your resume is closely examined. Does your career tenure pattern help or hurt you? Megan Ritter analyzes both cases.
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Class Matters - Social Class and Education in the United States of America - The New York Times - New York Times

Class Matters - Social Class and Education in the United States of America - The New York Times - New York Times | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
College dropouts make up one of the largest and fastest-growing groups of young adults in America. Most, like Andy Blevins, come from poor and working-class families.
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 This article was written in 2005 and before the Great Recession in 2008.  Many college graduates find themselves in a similar economic situation as college dropouts did 10 years ago; bumping along in an okay paying job, but not feeling in control of their future.  These graduates question the value of their degree.  The conversation regarding college and its importance is shifting from the message of simply earning a degree to a focus on what specifically will a student study and how that links to an evolving and emergent economy.  

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The Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs Right Now

The Best And Worst Master's Degrees For Jobs Right Now | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
With unemployment at 7.6% and underemployment near 18%, many college grads will put off the taxing job search process and opt out of the weak job market to pursue a master's degree. These are the best and worst ones.
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Combining a technical background with a management focus will generate the highest salary within any industry (Gold Collar Worker).  Also, being in a revenue generating position with commission will out perform most salary jobs.

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Arts Education and the Innovative Workforce

Arts Education and the Innovative Workforce | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
In April at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that “the arts can no longer be treated as a frill.” Of course we in the arts community know tha...
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Great article regarding the importance of art in the education and development of an innovative workforce.  Critical thinking, innovation, and analytical skills are in high demand .  Employers are searching for individuals who possess these traits.  The arts provide a realm for youth and adults to develop these skills.  

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Great article regarding the importance of art in the education and development of an innovative workforce.  Critical thinking, innovation, and analytical skills are in high demand .  Employers are searching for individuals who possess these traits.  The arts provide a realm for youth and adults to develop these skills.  

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The Reproduction of Privilege

The Reproduction of Privilege | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
As college loses its postwar role as a social and economic equalizer, the political implications are profound.
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Interesting article regarding social reproduction and the role of higher education.  The author calls into question the idea that America is a meritocracy and the belief that a person can go from gangs to Harvard, and live an economically prosperous upper class life.  What role does higher education play in America and do we live in a meritocracy?

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10 Predictions for the Future of Community Colleges - OnlineCollegeCourses.com

10 Predictions for the Future of Community Colleges - OnlineCollegeCourses.com | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Here are a few examples of what we predict will evolve and even improve about the community college experience.
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Predictions made in 2011 are still accurate. 

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Obama pitches free community college, higher education tax credits in State of the Union @insidehighered

Obama pitches free community college, higher education tax credits in State of the Union @insidehighered | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
He'll formally announce the effort on Friday
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Experience: Life’s Best Teacher

Experience: Life’s Best Teacher | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Use performance support and other tools as the dominant tools of the trade.
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Great article making the case for designing training programs to support experience.

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Lamar Alexander Wants to Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Lamar Alexander Wants to Simplify, Simplify, Simplify | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
The Tennessee Republican is likely to be the next chair of the Senate education committee. Streamlining and deregulation will be his stocks in trade.
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This article provides a detailed overview of Senator Lamar Alexander's career in higher education.  The Senator from Tennessee will play a major role in reforming higher education over the next few years.

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A Stronger Nation through Higher Education | Lumina Foundation

A Stronger Nation through Higher Education | Lumina Foundation | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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See full report PDF.

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Definition of metrics for rating higher education as proposed in the Obama Adminstration's higher education plan.  Details to come, but it will be interesting to see how transfer rates and the expansion of students tracked via IPEDS will impact community colleges.

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At second higher ed summit, Obama administration mixes praise and accountability @insidehighered

At second higher ed summit, Obama administration mixes praise and accountability @insidehighered | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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A recent documentary, Ivory Tower, aired on CNN in November 2014.  It addressed the issue of the rising cost of tuition and the return on investment for students.  The documentary explained how institutions of higher education are in competition with each other for students and especially out-of-state students.  Many of these institutions, especially the large universities, understand that their selling position is not academic quality or rigor, but rather life style.  When students and parents are visiting campuses, they are looking at the quality of the dorms, the exercise facilities, what type of food services are offered, the quality of the football stadium, and the quality of the social scene.  To compete, institutions of higher education must knock down old buildings and build new, thus driving up the cost of tuition.  Growth for an institution is good, and new buildings and facilities are extremely important.  However, the growth must be in line with enhancing the quality of teaching and learning i.e. construction for new labs, classrooms, and equipment.  Unfortunately, that may not be what the market demands.  I’ll be interested in watching the impact on the University of Alabama Birmingham, from the decision to eliminate their football program.    

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Two-year colleges in Illinois and other states lean on local government for funding @insidehighered

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The "reinvention" plan highlighted in this story is one of key factors to future success for community colleges.  Partnering with industry and local businesses, offering short term credit or non credit programs to prepare workers, and connecting graduates with partner companies is the key to success.

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Grant bringing developments to ATC tower program

Grant bringing developments to ATC tower program | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
ATC has received a $2.45 million grant to put towards expanding their national wireless tower training program.
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Arts Education and the Innovative Workforce

Arts Education and the Innovative Workforce | Higher Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
In April at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that “the arts can no longer be treated as a frill.” Of course we in the arts community know tha...
Dr. Steven F. Simmons's insight:

Great article regarding the importance of art in the education and development of an innovative workforce.  Critical thinking, innovation, and analytical skills are in high demand .  Employers are searching for individuals who possess these traits.  The arts provide a realm for youth and adults to develop these skills.  

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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, October 17, 2014 5:58 AM

Great article regarding the importance of art in the education and development of an innovative workforce.  Critical thinking, innovation, and analytical skills are in high demand .  Employers are searching for individuals who possess these traits.  The arts provide a realm for youth and adults to develop these skills.