Can a 20-Minute Test Tell Employers What a College Degree Cannot?

When it comes to hiring, many employers still lean toward graduates from name-brand institutions. Yet … too many graduates “don’t get a shot at the high-value jobs they should be getting,” says Roger Benjamin, president of the Council for Aid to Education. “That’s a big deal in a liberal democracy.”… Companies and others spend $1…

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Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

Excerpt from The Atlantic — October 2014 The U.S. has its own tradition of apprenticeship going back many years. But like most kinds of vocational education, it fell out of fashion in recent decades—a victim of our obsession with college and concern to avoid anything that resembles tracking. Today in America, fewer than 5 percent…

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The Minecraft Generation

Mastering [Minecraft] requires rigorously logical thinking, as well as a great deal of debugging: When your device isn’t working, you have to carefully go over its circuitry to figure out what’s wrong. One fifth ­grader I visited, Natalie, was assembling a redstone door on her iPad while I watched. But nothing happened when she flicked…

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Seven Things Higher Education Innovators Want You to Know

 Excerpt from Campus Technology — March 2016 “If you think the great colleges and universities of the past will be the only great colleges and universities in the future, then you’ve forgotten everything you knew about evolution and you need to up your game,” asserted Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University.   “Our society…

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Video: Let Kids Rule the School

I recently followed a group of eight public high school students, aged 15 to 17, in western Massachusetts as they designed and ran their own school within a school. They represented the usual range: two were close to dropping out before they started the project, while others were honors students. They named their school the…

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Video: Sugata Mitra – The child-driven education

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From TED Talks Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize…

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The film ‘Schooling the World’ is profound, disturbing

From Kima via Cooperative Catalyst: “Today, I watched a profoundly disturbing film. It completely shattered my view of education as a progressive force in the world. Even if the system in place is seriously outdated, I never really questioned the intrinsic value of education as a way out of poverty, as a way to move…

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Video: “See, I change the world. Make the change.”

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Beautifully inspirational viral video for Li Ning/China. Analysis from Rand Han of Little Red Book: I’ve been seeing this trend recently, first introduced in Olympics advertising, then obvious in Vancl’s latest campaign, and now in Li Ning: protagonists that focus not on conformity, but on discovery; a beautifully refreshing attitude of going against the grain of…

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Krishnamurti’s 1974 talks on education are still inspiring

“Education is not only learning from books, memorizing some facts, but also learning how to look, how to listen to what the books are saying, whether they are saying something true or false. All that is part of education. “Education is not just to pass examinations, take a degree and a job, get married and…

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Video: The Banker – Robin Hood Tax

Excerpts from YouTube Campaign video by Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy, about the Robin Hood Tax, a tiny tax on bank transactions that could raise hundreds of billions for public services and to tackle poverty and climate change at home and around the world. Add your own voice to the campaign

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The Dreamer by Tom Rush

The moon she rides the tattered storm on a ragged gypsy journey The snow lies on the mountain like a cloak upon a king My dreams go tumbling with the dust out across the valley Low above the river low above the sea Life’s a sparrow lost at sea in dark of night with far…

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Creative Destruction

Just as the cassette tape replaced the 8-track, only to be replaced in turn by the compact disc, itself being undercut by MP3 players, …  online free newspaper sites such as The Huffington Post and the National Review Online are leading to creative destruction of the traditional paper newspaper…. In fact, successful innovation is normally…

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How to Grow a Collaborative Learning Community

Imagine your workplace as an award-winning garden — a place where you nurture knowledge and success. A place where people grow and learn from one another by sharing best practices. A place where training content expands and improves through crowdsourcing. A place that’s self-sustaining, dynamic, and always fresh. That place is called collaborative learning. So…

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Video: James Martin on the challenges of the 21st century

“At the start of the 21st century, humankind finds itself on a non-sustainable course – a course that, unless it is changed, will lead to catastrophes of awesome consequences. At the same time, we are unlocking formidable new capabilities that could lead to much more exciting lives and glorious civilizations. “This could be humanity’s last…

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On the science of creativity

The University of Chicago’s John Cacioppo … has helped pioneer research that shows how social connection shapes everything from depression and anxiety to high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. Drawing on evolutionary psychology, cognitive experiments, and brain scans, Cacioppo and his colleagues make a persuasive case that what we consider the “self” is in…

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Why the Tea Party is like a starfish

From NPR via EchoDitto. The Starfish and the Spider ‘is really a guidebook for people, to help organize decentralized movements and organizations of any type’ … says Rod Beckstrom, co-author of the management book The Starfish and the Spider. “The book’s premise is drawn from biology, Beckstrom says. He points to the fact that a…

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On Connectivist Learning

At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks. … I once played a chess player who (surprisingly to me) turned out to be far my superior (it was a long time ago). I…

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America’s misguided culture of overwork

So much of the American economy is based on GDP that comes from waste, environmental pillage, urban sprawl, bad planning, people going farther and farther with no land use planning whatsoever, and leading more miserable lives. … What country has the highest exports in the world today? It’s the country with the highest wage rates…

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