Teaching is an Engaging Exchange, not a Superficial Standardization.

DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing

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The best teachers are communicators. They are listeners. They can figure out in a heartbeat how to help a student who is dumbfounded, misconstruing, or misspeaking. How they accomplish that depends on the particular student. They need to know their kids and be prepared and able to use a variety of means, starting with the simple idea of careful listening. Suppose a kid speaks up in class and makes an error. Too often, teachers will, for the sake of speed, make the correction and move on. What has that done? The kid still feels dumb; the class is less likely to remember it, because they always remember less when the adult says it.

The best teachers know how to respond when a kid makes an error. At some point, good teachers consciously or unconsciously learn to conceptualize what they teach, and as quick as a wink, figure out how to…

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Girls’ schooling and gender issues in education: an Introduction

Learning Resistance

Let me begin with three incidents that took place recently in an urban coeducational government middle school in central India:

1) Sheetal* and Rukhsaar pored over a Venn diagram in Mathematics class one morning and found the answers to all the questions next to it. When their teacher Rajendra Dikshit invited someone to come to the board both girls smiled shyly at each other and did not raise their hands. Eventually not only did their answers turn out to be right but they turned out to be the only ones who could even attempt the question.

2) A girl was withdrawn from the school a few weeks later because she was being bothered and threatened by some local young men and her family does not know how else to deal with the problem.

3) An IT session was conducted under the e-shakti programme of the Madhya Pradesh government especially for…

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Mapping Another Attack Against Academic Freedom

GCAS--The BLOG

Philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation.
Alain Badiou,  President of The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS)

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Socrates said at his trial, which as immortalized in Plato’s dialogue,The Apology: “Be sure that if you kill the sort of man I say I am, you will not harm me more than yourselves.»  The one who speaks inconvenient truths to power is often targeted, repressed, materially or personally damaged even to the point, as Socrates was, of death.  The business of truth-telling is a dangerous one to be sure, and we must keep this crucial point in mind, which was part of the very birth of the Academy itself.  And make no mistake about it, this same tension remains inextricably bound-up in academic research in our time.

This explains why the Academy was founded…

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Is «Reform» a «War on Women»?

Diane Ravitch's blog

A new group called «Women United 4 Public Education» asks the inevitable question in reality a war on women?

About 75% of those who work in public education are women. The corporate reformers want to reduce the number of teachers, replacing them with computers or with low-wage temps, both men and women, who won’t be around long enough to collect a pension and who are able to work 60-70 hour weeks, thinking of it as idealism rather than taking the job of veteran teachers.

There is no «reform» movement for police, firefighters, lawyers, doctors, or engineers. No legislatures are telling them how to do their work or meddling with their benefits.

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«Towards the modern Prince : Gramsci’s Machiavellian metaphor»: Peter D. Thomas

This video has been recorded at the international conference on ‘Machiavelli’s The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics’ at Brunel University, London, 29th-31st May, 2013.

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An example of a Financial World run by Milton Friedman Economic Thinking by looking at the Hunger Games

Lloyd Lofthouse

In Milton Friedman’s world, profits are god—more important than an end to poverty, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To Milton Friedman thinking, the only way to end poverty is for the top 1% to earn more than the bottom 99%, and to see that those earnings for the 1% continue to increase while the net worth of the 99% continues to shrink.

And here’s a perfect example of how this thinking works: The Hunger Games franchise.

The latest Hunger Games film, Mockingjay  – Part 1,  came out on November 21, and the next day, Saturday, I read a major media financial news piece about  how this film was a loser, because it didn’t earn more money its first weekend than the previous Hunger Games film, Catching Fire.  Before I reached the end of this piece, it mentioned how the stock prices had dropped for the production…

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Πως μας έκαναν να πιστεύουμε ότι όλα εξαρτώνται από το δάσκαλο;

Δίκτυο κριτικής στην εκπαίδευση

του Γ. Μαυρογιώργου

Ο Ρόλαντ Μπαρτ έχει υποστηρίξει ότι ο μύθος ως γλώσσα που κωδικοποιεί τις αξίες μιας κοινωνίας, παίζει διπλό και αντιφατικό ρόλο: “υπογραμμίζει και δημοσιοποιεί, μας βοηθάει να καταλάβουμε αλλά και μας το επιβάλει”. Ο μύθος μιλάει για τα πράγματα αλλά τα εξαγνίζει, τα αθωώνει μια και καταργεί την περιπλοκότητα των ανθρώπινων πράξεων και καταλύει κάθε διαλεκτική ή και κάθε αναδρομή πέρα από την αμεσότητα. Ο ρόλος του μύθου είναι να αδειάζει το πραγματικό από ιστορία και να το παρουσιάζει ως φυσικό1…

Στη σύντομη ανάλυση που ακολουθεί, θα ασχοληθούμε με ένα από τους μύθους που προβάλλεται συχνά και αναφέρεται στο ρόλο του δασκάλου στην εκπαιδευτική διαδικασία. Σε πολλές αναλύσεις, συζητήσεις, πορίσματα, προτάσεις κ.τ.ο. που αναφέρονται σε ζητήματα εκπαίδευσης, όπως διδασκαλία, σχολική επιτυχία ή αποτυχία, εκπαιδευτική κρίση, μάθηση κ.ά., τονίζεται ρητά ή αφήνεται να εννοηθεί ότι “το παν εξαρτάται από το δάσκαλο”.

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