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Kids React to Common Core: 'Mommy, Please Home-School Me'
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posted 10 / 20 / 2014
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Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

The sample size was small, and this study is very early on in this realm of research, so it’s not fair to draw definitive conclusions. However….

I’ve wondered about this sort of thing for a while now. I’m honestly surprised it’s taken this long to even begin researching the answers to these questions (albeit in a limited way thus far).

Here’s an interesting passage:

"When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right," said Mangen. "You have the tactile sense of progress, in addition to the visual … [The differences for Kindle readers] might have something to do with the fact that the fixity of a text on paper, and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story, is some kind of sensory offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you’re reading. Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more fixity and solidity to the reader’s sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story."

That comment about the sensory value of moving through the pages of a paperback struck me. I have often felt this myself, so I partially agree that there’s something to it, psychologically. On the other hand, at other times I feel like I’ve benefited from not being physically aware of the progress (or relative lack of it for huge books) I’m making, and so I can read with better focus.

The existence of the unanswered questions here is exactly why I oppose these ridiculous plans many  public schools have to provide iPads or laptops to all their students. Besides the enormous waste of money, we simply don’t know the pedagogical implications of fully immersing our kids’ educational experience in electronic devices. I am a tech-savvy gadget guy, and I am pretty far from being a Luddite, yet I think these are legitimate concerns.


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posted 8 / 20 / 2014
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redbloodedamerica:

You don’t have to go into debt to go to college.  This is a great explanation rooted in common sense and reality.

Fantastic advice. By the time my kids are grown, I expect the education bubble will have popped and it will be more socially acceptable to pursue valuable education through scores of channels.

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Why I am pulling my kids from public elementary school: a letter to the powers that be.
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Read Parent’s Facebook Response to ‘Ridiculous’ Common Core Math Homework
Top-down, cookie-cutter educational standards are a bad idea for so many reasons.

Read Parent’s Facebook Response to ‘Ridiculous’ Common Core Math Homework

Top-down, cookie-cutter educational standards are a bad idea for so many reasons.

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‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family

Fantastic news.

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Student Loans Entice Borrowers More for Cash Than a Degree

Wait—government injects into a market, skews the incentives and there’s unexpected behavioral changes? Who’d have guessed?!?

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posted 3 / 3 / 2014
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Holder, Duncan announce national guidelines on school discipline, citing racial discrimination

Holder sees racial discrimination in [insert topic here]. That’s a man bites dog story if there ever was one.

National guidelines on school discipline—what could possibly go wrong? We have a broken educational system. Let’s add more top-down bureaucracy!

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Let teachers assess the needs of students so that these results can tell us what we need. It is not the place of outsiders to make one-size-fits-all mandates to a world of different shapes and proportions. In doing so, they create an atmosphere where pebbles are polished and diamonds dimmed.

An anonymous teacher from Maryland who is leaving her profession because she feels education policy makes her work ineffective at best and damaging at worst, in an article tragically titled, "I would love to teach but…" (via hipsterlibertarian)

This entire essay is phenomenal. The modern education system is bankrupt practically, philosophically, and bureaucratically.

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posted 1 / 6 / 2014
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'We're just average folks': The family sending all ten of their home-schooled children to college by the age of 12

Just look at that backwards, ignorant, separatist, anti-education family. They choose to indoctrinate their kids themselves, rather than let the (neutral) state do it for them.

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posted 10 / 30 / 2013
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http://www.topmastersineducation.com/homeschooled/

http://www.topmastersineducation.com/homeschooled/

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Shakespeare’s Language and the Evolution of Human Intelligence
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New Report Shows Continued Rise in Homeschool Popularity | FreedomWorks

I’m going to assume that first dates have declined by roughly the same margins.

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German Children Seized From Parents for Crime of Homeschooling
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France to Ban Homework. Really.

Introducing his proposals for education reform last week at the Sorbonne, the French president declared that work “must be done in the [school] facility rather than in the home if we want to support the children and re-establish equality.”

Education Minister Vincent Peillon told Le Monde, the state needs to “support all students in their personal work, rather than abandon them to their private resources, including financial, as is too often the case today.” The problem, in other words, isn’t with homework per se. It’s that some homes are more conducive to homework than others.

No, this is not from The Onion.

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