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(12) Suspend Your Disbelief (or, how to ruin everything in 7 steps) - YouTube

Simple how-to guide to world domination.

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"If it's a fact it isn't political. Wait, what?" Best Quote

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Frequently asked questions about hate groups

Frequently asked questions about hate groups | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
What is a hate group?

The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group as an organization that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.

The organizations on our hate group list vilify others because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity – prejudices that strike at the heart of our democratic values and fracture society along its most fragile fault lines.
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I was briefly associated with the sovereign citizen aspect of the "Patriot" movement in the 1990's. I didn't hear any hate at the local  meeting I attended, but then again I only went once or twice. When I finally figured out that the logic is basically circular I moved on.

 

They don't realize that the meaning of words are socially constructed. Meaning is not an objective property of the words in themselves. They do believe that the constitution means exactly what they say it means and that it can't possibly mean something else. The irony is that the meanings they come up with are socially constructed by them to serve their notions of what they should be able to do with their freedom. 

 

Given my brief association I find SPLC's work very fascinating. It is also important work today, given the new opportunity that hate has been given at the national level. 

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Choice Is An Illusion If Not Free | Alliance for Self-Directed Education

Choice Is An Illusion If Not Free | Alliance for Self-Directed Education | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
If Rosa Parks had been given her choice of the back three rows in the bus, she would have had a “choice.” Not a meaningful choice, not a free choice, not an assumption that she had the right to choose any seat on that bus, but a choice nonetheless. If she had been willing to accept the premise that any choice is better than none, the civil rights movement would not have been advanced through her struggle.
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Mansplaining Correction: Rosa Parks was given the choice of where to sit in the colored section on the bus, up until the point when too many white folk made the choice to ride that bus, too. The overcrowding of the white section and the police powers given to the driver to assign seats created the conflict. It was not actually which seat she chose to sit in that was the problem, it was the fact that the driver decided that some white folk wanted and deserved to be given the seat she was already in. Some people's choices are more valued than others.

 

So, I agree with the overall point, but I think it should be made more strongly.

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How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’ - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’ - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it

This violence-as-beauty rhetoric is at the core of these movements. It saturates the vocabulary of the right-wing corporate oligarchs, including Donald Trump. Talk like this poisons national discourse. It dehumanizes whole segments of the population. It shuts out those who speak with nuance and compassion, especially when they attempt to explain the motives and conditions of opponents. It thrusts the society into a binary and demented universe of them and us. It elevates violence to the highest aesthetic. It eschews self-criticism and self-reflection. It is the prelude to widespread suffering and death.

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This violence-as-beauty rhetoric is at the core of these movements. It saturates the vocabulary of the right-wing corporate oligarchs, including Donald Trump. Talk like this poisons national discourse. It dehumanizes whole segments of the population. It shuts out those who speak with nuance and compassion, especially when they attempt to explain the motives and conditions of opponents. It thrusts the society into a binary and demented universe of them and us. It elevates violence to the highest aesthetic. It eschews self-criticism and self-reflection. It is the prelude to widespread suffering and death.

 

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How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’ - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

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Street clashes do not distress the ruling elites. These clashes divide the underclass. They divert activists from threatening the actual structures of power.
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Street clashes do not distress the ruling elites. These clashes divide the underclass. They divert activists from threatening the actual structures of power.

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Instant Availability Without Continuous Presence | Sudbury Valley School Blog

On a day to day basis the caring and empowering take place all the time, but in such subtle and undramatic ways that no one takes notice — not the staff, not the kids, and not the parents.
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The art of education is leveraging structure so well that the effects of all the amazing effort in creating the structure become evident without anyone noticing the effort that went into it. This post from Sudbury Valley School talks about it. I hate the use of the phrase "benign neglect" in this instance because it is so wrong as a description. There is nothing neglectful about the situation and benign does not adequately imply the high level of intentionality behind the benefits. 

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Perspective | Curious about home-schooling families? Ask them this one question.

Perspective | Curious about home-schooling families? Ask them this one question. | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Notice that I said “What are you learning about?” rather than “What are you teaching your son?” There’s a big difference, and it lies at the heart of our decision to home-school.
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What to ask? When you find out a friend/family/stranger has taken the road less traveled (homeschooling, unschooling, alternative, etc), this is the universally right question. In fact, it is a great question for anyone in just about any small talk situation, I suspect.

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Creating a World for… Nazis and Skinheads? Ten Responses… | Dr. Shariff Abdullah

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We need to take a strategic view in responding to current events. There are interesting tactical ideas but none of them make sense unless they fit into a strategy for creating the kind of world we want. Shariff Abdullah is one of few people who regularly think strategically about current events.

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Professor: Playtime Dwindling In American Kindergarten Classrooms

Professor: Playtime Dwindling In American Kindergarten Classrooms | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Kindergarten was first created in Germany in 1837 under the then-radical idea children could learn through play.
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Kindergarten is the new first grade, according to a study that compared a nationally representative sample of kindergarten teachers from 1999 to a similar group in 2010. Sad deterioration of early play opportunities for children.

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Magazine excerpt: Is human nature threatening our use of learning technology?

Magazine excerpt: Is human nature threatening our use of learning technology? | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
At work, people have an expectation that their employer will tell them what they need to know in order to do their job and to provide them with that knowledge in a more traditional format.

Doesn’t everyone use Google and YouTube to find out everything they need? Well, from my experience, it isn’t that simple in the workplace.
‘Self-directed’ or DIY learning is not necessarily what they had in mind!
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Current workplace expectations may not match traditional school expectations. What a surprise!

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Why Young Men Might Be Playing Video Games Instead of Working. (“Fun” Isn’t the Answer.)

Why Young Men Might Be Playing Video Games Instead of Working. (“Fun” Isn’t the Answer.) | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
young men are working an average of four fewer hours per week than they once did and spending three of those four hours playing video games.
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Workplaces are competing against video games and video games have captured some of the time young men previously spent working. The psychology behind this is explained here and businesses should take heed.

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A dozen Portland schools to axe free lunch for all program

A dozen Portland schools to axe free lunch for all program | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
"We don't charge for textbooks why should we charge for meals?"
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What does it take to learn? Textbooks are considered by public K-12 schools to be a necessary tool in the learning process, therefore the books are expected to be part of the deal when providing families with schooling services. Public schools do not charge extra for books.

 

It perfectly plausible to learn without books, it is impossible to learn when you are starving or even malnourished. Why is it so hard for us to understand that food is actually more important than books?

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How can educators measure and predict grit in their students?

How can educators measure and predict grit in their students? | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it

News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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Want more grit? Build engagement study suggests. And I will add that if you want more engagement you need to build support for primary human psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. 

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Winter solstice 2017: Five things you should know about the shortest day of the year

Winter solstice 2017: Five things you should know about the shortest day of the year | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Let’s clear the record: The winter solstice marks the shortest daylight period in the Northern Hemisphere. However, it’s never the day of the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. This astronomical quirk happens because of Earth’s 23.5-degree tilt and our elliptical orbit around the sun (read more).
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Interesting facts about the winter solstice for all those who believe the Earth is an oblate spheroid. I wonder how flat earthers explain this stuff? (Though obviously not enough to look it up.)

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What we're learning from online education

What we're learning from online education | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.
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Interesting results and insights from one oft he co-founders of Coursera. I found the 2 sigma problem she presents at the end to be fascinating. It amazes me how much has been known about the challenges in education, yet so little has been accomplished in the mainstream.

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A black man undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson | TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

Theo E.J. Wilson
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I admire his taking the time to listen closely enough to understand and then accept the compassion that arose. (Let me know if the wrong video is shown, it should NOT be Jungle Book)

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Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories? | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory v5, Organisation Kolb, Psychology Vygotsky, Psychology Bloom, Piaget genetic epistemology, Psychology Skinner, Montessori constructivism, Dewey constructivism, radical constructivism Knowledge as mental representation: 1a. Knowledge is not passively received either through the senses or by way of communication; 1b. Knowledge is actively built up by the cognising subject; 2a. The function of cognition is adaptive, in the biological sense of the term, tending towards fit or viability; 2b Cognition serves the subject’s organization of the experiential world, not the discovery of an objective ontological reality., social constructivism connectivism, Taylor Organisation, Holt homeschooling, unschooling, constructivism radical constructivism, Kolb experiental learning, Montessori Montessori education, Social anthropology Lave & Wenger, Vygotsky zone of proximal development, Lave & Wenger situated learning, Education Illich, scientific pedagogy Education based on science that modified and improved the individual., communities of practice Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.
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Concept map of learning theories. Fun for me and my Edu-geek friends.

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How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’ - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’ - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it

This was a propaganda coup for antifa, which seeks to portray its use of violence as legitimate self-defense. Protecting West and the clergy members from physical assault was admirable. But this single act no more legitimizes antifa violence than the turkeys, Christmas gifts and Fourth of July fireworks that John Gotti gave to his neighbors legitimized the violence of the Gambino crime family. Antifa, like the alt-right, is the product of a diseased society.

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This was a propaganda coup for antifa, which seeks to portray its use of violence as legitimate self-defense. Protecting West and the clergy members from physical assault was admirable. But this single act no more legitimizes antifa violence than the turkeys, Christmas gifts and Fourth of July fireworks that John Gotti gave to his neighbors legitimized the violence of the Gambino crime family. Antifa, like the alt-right, is the product of a diseased society.

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Creating a World for… Nazis and Skinheads? Ten Responses… | Dr. Shariff Abdullah

“We, the People” does not mean “We, the People Who Agree with Me”.
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Reposting this with the quote, ""We, the people" does not mean "We, the People Who Agree with Me"."

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How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’ - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’ - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
The two sides, both intoxicated by violence, are the products of the same alienation and despair.
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Two sides of the same vehicle for embodying violence. We can do better.

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Most Schools Won't Fit: Every Parent's Dilemma and What To Do About It: Don Berg, Holly Allen: 9781546974451: Amazon.com: Books

Most Schools Won't Fit: Every Parent's Dilemma and What To Do About It: Don Berg, Holly Allen: 9781546974451: Amazon.com: Books | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Most Schools Won't Fit: Every Parent's Dilemma and What To Do About It [Don Berg, Holly Allen] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The American educational system today seems beset on all sides by problems: from inequity to funding struggles
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My new book is out!! Co-authored with parent of three, Holly Allen!

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Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them?

Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them? | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Several participants discussed the gendered double standards on physical contact. They noted the media sensationalising of inappropriate behaviour by male teachers, with much less attention when accusations were later proved false.
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Men have been driven out of primary education by hysteria. Sad.

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A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it

Mastery-based learning is getting traction.

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This is a big step in the right direction. I notice that the resistance is coming from people who are being forced into it. What a surprise!

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5 Practices That Make Workplaces Flourish

5 Practices That Make Workplaces Flourish | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Organizations need to take a comprehensive approach to creating a work environment where both employees and the organization can flourish.
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Educators should consider how their workplace compares to the advice in this article, for BOTH themselves and their students.

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Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning

Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning | K-12 Policy & Self-Directed Learning | Scoop.it
Having a “hungry mind” has been shown to be a core determinant of academic achievement, rivaling the prediction power of IQ.

Yet in actual schools, curiosity is drastically underappreciated.
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What I've been saying for years!

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