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The tests are coming: Can the adults adjust?

The tests are coming: Can the adults adjust? | Senior project | Scoop.it

Massachusetts (the nation's highest performing state) is currently phasing in the Common Core, the new national... standards that were adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia.

 

In theory, here’s what they’ll do:

Place a larger emphasis on the writing process and the construction of arguments, even in classes other than English.Encourage English teachers to work with science and social studies teachers.Force math students to focus on problem-solving instead of concept drills. 
Via Mel Riddile
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Poor Massachusetts... Oh, I have no doubt these students are capable of handling these new implementations, but how many will? There will be elevated standards and more tests, yes, but what will be there to motivate America's students to rise up to these new challenges? Assessing a student's knowledge will never become more important than the student attaining the knowledge. I do believe that energy should be devoted to helping teachers find new ways to bolster learning instead of just giving more and more standardized assessments. If the will to learn is there, the grades will follow.

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Dutch scientist argues that animals show morality, too

Dutch scientist argues that animals show morality, too | Senior project | Scoop.it
Do animals have a sense of fairness? Do they empathize with another's pain?


A few decades ago, such questions would have been dismissed as nonsense. Even today, they'd be rejected by many ethicists who argue that moral reasoning is unique to humans.

 

The Bonobo and the Atheist includes a passionate defense of religion. De Waal insists that, historically, religion has been the best way we have refined our empathy and built viable moral systems.

 

Although a nonbeliever himself, de Waal says ethicists are still in thrall to a challenge issued more than a century ago, when Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud announced the death of God.

 

Tirdad Derakhshani


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Haha, even in the animal world women have to break up fights between men... But of course animals show empathy, like us. The only difference is that humans can recognize empathy, and have a word for it.

When one of our cats swallowed a string and had to be helped, he was crying constantly and our other cat, his brother, was right outside the door the entire time, waving his tail and pacing back and forth. Who said animals don't have feelings?

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Shocking photos show reality of PETA animal homes

Shocking photos show reality of PETA animal homes | Senior project | Scoop.it
The shocking picture of garbage bags filled with dead cats has marked a gruesome pattern of alleged animal cruelty at an organization dedicated to helping them.

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I can understand killing animals with serious illnesses or who are so distempered as to be certifiably unadoptable, even proclaimed 'no-kill' shelters do that. But those cats were seemingly healthy. Even if they were feral, PETA offers free spays/neuters, so why not just sterilize them and sned them on their way instead of this? And really, garbage bags? And the statistics for animals that come into the shelter and are killed vs those who aren't, even if the numbers were somehow miscounted, are ridiculous. Of course, the spokesperson was right, if you want to have less animal deaths, then you'll have to have less pet overpopulation. And for that, people need to not be lazy about getting their pets 'fixed.' ...But even so, what the hell, PETA...

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Amber Walencis's curator insight, May 16, 2013 9:49 AM

don't trust peta

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Self-Directed Learning Well Explained and 27 Actions

Self-Directed Learning Well Explained and 27 Actions | Senior project | Scoop.it

TeachThought.com has a series of posts about self-directed learning by Terry Heick and the staff, well worth a read! “

 

“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles

 


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You can't teach someone how to learn. You can give them helpful tips and advice, but a single structure for education is not going to work for everyone. It's so much harder for people to learn their true potential, to reach their goals, when they're only shown a single path to them. You show them the path through the forest, but what if there's a rock face nearby that also leads up to where they want to go, and what if they happen to be a fantastic rock climber? It just makes more sense to show someone a map if you can, instead of directing them towards only one path.

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lynnegibb's curator insight, March 24, 2013 11:20 PM

Definitely well worth a read

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:16 PM

It is interesting how few classroom teachers and administrators are aware of what self-directed learning is. SDL is an imperative for our children.

Official AndreasCY's curator insight, March 30, 2013 2:58 PM

“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles

 

Famous Self-Taughts (Autodidacts): Leonardo Da Vinci, William Blake, Herb Rits (in addition to Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, John D. Rockefeller, and many others)

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Undercover Activist Details Secret Filming of Animal Abuse & Why "Ag-Gag" Laws May Force Him to Stop

Undercover Activist Details Secret Filming of Animal Abuse & Why "Ag-Gag" Laws May Force Him to Stop | Senior project | Scoop.it
An animal rights investigator details how he has spent over a decade secretly filming animal abuse and why that work is now imperiled by a wave of laws sweeping the country.

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I don't understand at all why the government would consider passing those ag-gag laws. Clearly that's only going to encourage these acts of cruelty, there's no way they could deny that. Why punish these people who take matters into their own hands when nothing is being done? Is it because they're not police officers? Because that would be a really lame reason. If someone is drowning right in front of you, you don't leave them and go off looking for a lifeguard; you grab them and drag them back to shore. People don't get arrested for performing a tracheonomy on a suffocating person when an ambulance is far away, so why would the law take action against people who save animals from torture chambers when animal rescues clearly aren't helping?

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 9, 2013 7:05 PM

Absolutely horrifying - and it's important animal abuse be continually brought to light, the perpetrators punished. These facilities are prisons where animals are tortured. How is that acceptable?

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The tests are coming: Can the adults adjust?

The tests are coming: Can the adults adjust? | Senior project | Scoop.it

Massachusetts (the nation's highest performing state) is currently phasing in the Common Core, the new national... standards that were adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia.

 

In theory, here’s what they’ll do:

Place a larger emphasis on the writing process and the construction of arguments, even in classes other than English.Encourage English teachers to work with science and social studies teachers.Force math students to focus on problem-solving instead of concept drills. 
Via Mel Riddile
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Poor Massachusetts... Oh, I have no doubt these students are capable of handling these new implementations, but how many will? There will be elevated standards and more tests, yes, but what will be there to motivate America's students to rise up to these new challenges? Assessing a student's knowledge will never become more important than the student attaining the knowledge. I do believe that energy should be devoted to helping teachers find new ways to bolster learning instead of just giving more and more standardized assessments. If the will to learn is there, the grades will follow.

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ANIMAL RESCUE TRAINING DAY 1 - You Don't Look Sick - Living ...

ANIMAL RESCUE TRAINING DAY 1 - You Don't Look Sick - Living ... | Senior project | Scoop.it
I have some homework: make a pet emergency kit, a pet "go bag" and read some chapters. My next class is not for three weeks so I have plenty of time to accomplish all this. These animal rescue trainings are happening all ...
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First of all, I would LOVE to have classes every three weeks, too. But more importantly, I think it's a really nice for there to be emergency evacuation plans for pets for natural disasters. My cat is like my best friend, and there's no way I could rest easy wondering if he might have been hurt in a flood or earthquake. It does make me wonder, if our house was on fire, would I go back for him and his brother? I think I would. And although it's tragic, it's nice to know that other people would do that, too. Animals may have smaller brains, but in my experience, they have bigger hearts.

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