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Thought of the Day: Thriving in the World of the Future requires Learning in the Manner of the Past

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I ran into two articles this morning about education from the Washington Post that on the surface seem very different, yet truly dovetail into each other.   The first is the fact that education in the United States is not providing the skills to the population that will be needed for the 21st century, even though it is in vogue to say things are “21st Century Skills”.   One only needs to look to the fact that Common Core requires teaching imaginary numbers but never mentions binary to see we have a problem.  The other article was about how we screw up learning in school so often, and how instructional fads that are said to be absolutely true at the time, are often not.  Along the same lines, it is worth considering what has happened when kids have just gotten to use a computer, and how much they learned on their own.



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August 22nd, 2016 at 11:59 am

Yes, our system is rigged, and Trump will make it WORSE

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There were some interesting debate a while back on Intelligence Squared about the two party system that we have in the United States, and also about money in U.S. elections.  I think that these both show different ways that our election system is now “rigged”.  But, the biggest one, is with the two party system.  Because, I can understand how many of my conservative friends might not want to vote for Hillary.  But, there has been no serious counter evidence to suggest that Trump wouldn’t use the NSA, and any other means possible to keep himself in power.  The solution, is to hold your nose, vote Hillary, and then have a Constitutional Convention.

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August 4th, 2016 at 11:59 am