I’m always fascinated to find when you are aware something, how often you find it in places you least expect it. It seems like I can’t listen to any subject without hearing about something that relates to school and how we (mis)educate our children.
Who would have thought that while listening to stock investing podcasts I would find information that relates to education and anxiety? Such as this interview on a Motley Fool with the author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, Kevin Kelly.…
Included in this study about how technology and social media can hurt work productivity is a bit of information that explains how homework hurts children.
How many AP classes should you take? You want to get into a “good” college, right? So you look for advice on how many AP classes you should take. You find the same advice everywhere. Take as many AP classes as you can handle! But how many AP classes is that, really? Let’s take that advice and analyze what they’re saying. Let’s do the math! (And it’s not AP Calculus. It’s basic arithmetic.)…
It’s always gratifying when research backs up what you’ve been personally experiencing. And the research comes from Harvard, no less! Last year Harvard released the report, Turning the Tide. Their research shows that college admission practices are damaging our children and are harmful to society. And the press responded favorably, giving them a lot of positive press coverage for the report….
Sometimes it takes a photo to picture clearly what’s been there all along. (We’re so used to being conscious about gender equality that I had a hard time finding a photo to publish that shows the gender ratio that I saw in a Gifted and Talented (GT) math class photo.)
After hating math for years, our daughter was super excited about her geometry class project, designing tiny houses for a local homeless community. The class took a field trip to the community to kick off this project based learning. Her teacher sent a photo of the GT (gifted and talented) math class on it.
That was when I found out my daughter’s GT math class was 80% boys!
I was shocked to see that in a class of twenty, there were only four girls.
I shouldn’t have been….
Generation Startup is a documentary I just started watching on Netflix. It follows young entrepreneurs and employees of other startups as they try to make new companies successful. In the first ten minutes, several things have already caught my attention. Are low numbers of young entrepreneurs caused by our broken education system?
The number of young entrepreneurs is at a low
Most of the United States feels like our current education system is still working. Maybe it’s not as good when they were in school, or maybe it’s better, but it’s still good. Kids in their neighborhood are still graduating from high school and getting into college.
“Good” colleges, in fact. (Whatever a “good” college means.)
But if you’re familiar with research, such as that presented in Most Likely to Succeed, you are aware that the world of work is changing, and changing at a rapid pace. The schools of today are not training students for the jobs that will be available in the future.
And if you have a top student who’s being crushed under a load of homework, you might be ready for it to change.
And change faster already before your kid graduates!…
A recent article in the New York Times highlights a school in the Boston area that has high levels of academic achievement. The school has lots of awards, high test scores, high rates of acceptance to Ivy League universities, and unfortunately the all too common occurrence of high rates of student anxiety. And a high student suicide rate. Another parent from our high school sent me this article and resonated with me for several reasons.
Truth test – matching up with my own experiences
It passes the truth test of fitting with some of my own observations.
It shares many similarities with our own academically competitive high school, although not quite to the same extreme. (Or maybe that is hopeful denial.)
But I also have the added insight of having relatives whose children recently finished high school in the Greater Boston area (but a different school.) …
Our school system is failing. We all know this. I started hearing it in high school, which was over twenty years ago. In the United States, our test scores are woefully behind other countries.
So how does the United States continue to turn out, to educate, entrepreneurs and teach innovation? In this post, I explore the idea of the English language giving rise to entrepreneurs….