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Thought of the Day: You need the willingness to fail all the time.

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You need the willingness to fail all the time. You have to generate many ideas and then you have to work very hard only to discover that they don’t work. And you keep doing that over and over until you find one that does work. – John Backus, Inventor of FORTRAN

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October 29th, 2014 at 11:59 am

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Thought of the Day: Great minds are those that help make others great.

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Great minds are those that help make others great. The judgement of greatness should not rest upon the power wielded by the individual, but to be judged by how the power of the intellect has empowered humanity. – Jacob J. Walker

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October 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 am

Quotography of “So long, suckers!”

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My niece today said “So long suckers!” to us as she was leaving to go outside…  Which got me thinking about the origin of this catch phrase…  It seems it was first used in the early 1940’s, and it is hard to say whether it has a single origin, or whether several different folks came up with the phrase independently, after “so long” and “suckers” became popular terms.  Here are a few books & newspapers that have this phrase in the 1940’s.  It appears that “So long” as a way of saying goodbye might have come from the late 1800’s, and “sucker” in the contemporary use of the word as a gullible or easily deceived person, seems to also have come around the early 1900’s.

Oh well, it probably doesn’t matter that much…  But I was in the mood for a little detective work…  But am I the sucker tonight to get sucked in to this silly research? 🙂

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September 20th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Thought of the Day: The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. – Isaac Asimov

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August 31st, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Thought of the Day: Rationalizing is when…

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Rationalizing is when you make dinner for the family, and you think it is fair for someone else to clean the kitchen, because you did all the work.  But when someone else makes dinner, you think it is fair for them to clean the kitchen, because they made the mess. – Jacob J. Walker

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August 14th, 2014 at 11:55 am

Thought of the Day: Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

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Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.” – William Allan Neilson

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July 27th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Thought of the Day: Charter Schools… operate free from the traditional bureaucratic and regulatory red tape that hog-ties public schools.

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Charter schools are independent public schools, designed and operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, and others. They are sponsored in California by school districts and county boards of education that monitor their quality and integrity but allow them to operate free from the traditional bureaucratic and regulatory red tape that hog-ties public schools. Freed from such micro management, charter schools design and deliver programs tailored to educational excellence and community needs. – Kimberly B. Born, California Department of Education

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July 18th, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: “Our education philosophy is simple: We succeed when our students succeed.”

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Our education philosophy is simple: We succeed when our students succeed. – Heald College

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April 15th, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: P.J. O’Rourke on Democrats vs. Republicans

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The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it. – P.J. O’Rourke

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April 7th, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: “Being challenged, but not punished if incorrect.”

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One of my students was sharing at the end of their Excel course that learning was best when they were “Being challenged but not punished if incorrect.”  I think there is a lot of value in this feeling, and it shows a problem with how traditional assessment/evaluation/grading systems work.  In this quarter, I had several students tell me how great of a teacher I was, but I also know I had far more students fail my course than pass it, and I wonder how I could have helped those students more.  I believe part of the answer lies in having assignments that are challenging, and then having an assessment & evaluation system or work that doesn’t punish students, but has built-in methods of encouraging students to try again so they can succeed.  This is what video games do very well, and it is amazing to me that we haven’t gamified higher education (or even primary and secondary education) to a greater degree.

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April 6th, 2014 at 2:26 pm