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This Has Potential

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Doug Peterson, Doug - Off the Record, Oct 29, 2014

Doug Peterson segues from a discussion of the teaching of mathematics in general (and how it is killed by memorization and out-of-context problem sets) to the introduction of the new equation-solving tool (photograph the equation and it presents the solution). "Essentially, the app lets the camera take a picture of a problem and it solves it for you, including “ showing your work” .  How many times have you heard that in your mathematics life?" This has value, he says, because it may move us from applying a solution by rote toward asking ourselves what the solution means.

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Review of Clark Quinn’s New Book: Revolutionize Learning and Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age.

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Will Thalheimer, Will at Work Learning, Oct 29, 2014

Review of Clark Quinn's book Revolutionize Learning and Development. Thalheimer writes, "Clark loves what we do. He just wishes with hope that we did it better. He puts the focus on on-the-job performance, saying that our learning solutions should be aimed at creating results in the workplace. Indeed, Clark nimbly changes our name from the Learning and Development team to the Performance and Development team! Learning is just a means to performance." See also  this interview between Thalheimer and Quinn.

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Stand Up for Education

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Various authors, National Union of Teachers, Oct 29, 2014

Britain's National Union of Teachers (NUT) has released a manifesto (16 page PDF) addressing changes to the direction of that nation's schools. While the document is focused on the British general election slated for 2015, the document has wider relevance. Among other things, it argues that:

  • We need a wider vision of learning and achievement
  • We need more time for teaching – not more tests
  • All children deserve qualified teachers
  • We need to end child poverty
  • Education should not be run for profit
  • We need teaching to be an attractive profession

I think these are reasonable statements. And I think that all parties will need to look at a retreat from the numbers-based corporate-focused education that has characterized reform in some places in recent years.

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