deas and observations that are held loosely between the opening and closing notions;
Opening / ‘the march of the formal educational curriculum is at a very different pace from how kids interests develop.’ This might lead you to wonder about your own pacing in the world? And the painful, and perhaps unrecognized, implications of being out of synch.
Closing / ‘a sense of fulfillment, belonging and purpose are possibly more important than the knowledge being cultivated.‘ This might open the gates to question the very point of education.…
cretion, then online learning can be very beneficial. My major complaints are limited interaction with peers and the facilitator. Support is also limited, even the support that is felt in an interactive learning environment where people are accessible.
The limited interaction online learning provides between instructor and students is a major disadvantage.
Real-time, however, makes certain things impossible, like carefully reflecting and analyzing a topic in order to formulate a substantial in-depth response. This is made possible online. Also with online learning, students can choose to engage in whatever areas they need improvement in. In that sense, they can customize how and what they're learning to their own needs.…
on at St Johns University was about $2,000.00 per year, It is now $36,000 per year. an increase of 1800%. There is no cost justification for this increase.
Gasoline cost $1,20 per gallon in 1978 it is $3,60 a gallon now a 300% increase.
A new car was $7,200,00 it is now $42,000 an increase of 5.9%
The cost of electricity has only increase by 27%
The median household income in 1978 was $17,000 a year it is now $55,000 about a 300% increase.
Universities and Colleges pay no taxes, so there is no increase to apply.
Health care went up....but only by 185%
So,,,,what is the justification for an 1800% increase in tuition? In Private and public institutions.
When did tuition start to rise so quickly?
Why were tuitions increased so dramatically?
The business model of higher education changed some time in the 1980s....Large sums of monies from endowments and tuition became "investment vechiles.".
Follow the money and you will find that there are many billions of dollars, held in trust by private and public higher educational institutions.
You may find that all those "for-porfit" colleges are small change.
ed to build real-world artifacts and sophisticated simulations where the educational experience may be richer, deeper, or cheaper.
For the arts? Funding helps. But how about we start advocating that the arts are natural manifestation of what it means to be human. As one of the world's more wealthier nations, we spend far too little on giving our kids meaningful, substantial experiences with music, visual art, and dance. The arts are not just for those who show evidence of excelling within them. The path towards mastery in various artforms encourages creative ideas. These experiences deserve just as much recognition in our educational system as literacy and STEM. In fact, so many people have seen strong connections between mastery in one with experience in the other.
The federal government should advocate for quality programs in math, science, and in the arts. Doing so well may require additional advocacy for year-long schools.
Lastly, I'm lost for specific examples, but the entire systems that allow other countries to "beat" us in various areas should be examined. Not necessarily for the sake of being first in a list, but for the benefit of streamlining and improving our approaches with children.…
niversities into digital format. Cushing Academy, which is a preparatory school located in Ashburnham, Massachusetts is accompanying Google in the digital movement by creating a virtual library. The library has removed less than half of the 20,000 books that were in the stacks and invested a substantial amount of money to transform the library into a learning centre, which will have laptop-friendly carrels that can be used to access the millions of books that are in the process of being digitized and added to the school's electronic literary database and will be accessed via e-books or computers.
The digital movement is clearly here to stay but is increased digital content going to help schools improve the quality of teacher and student interaction? Is this really going to make books and research materials more accessible to everyone? What's your take on the issue?
You can get the full article here.…
in different ways, at different rates, and have different levels of motivation to learn. Yet, we educate them in groups of 30 or so inside classrooms. This group-based, classroom-situated teaching and learning holds instructional content and time constant and allows learning to vary. Consequently, many children are left behind.
Why not hold learning constant and allow instructional time and content to vary? We can do this by providing children with customized, personalized, student-centered learning experiences and that would not leave any children behind. Think about it. If children are receiving learning experiences that are tailored to their needs, interests, abilities, and learning styles, how in the world could any of them be left behind.
So, the most important issue for the future of education, in my opinion, is to transform entire school systems to become learner-centered. The technology to do this is available. The change methodologies to facilitate this transformation are available.
Transforming school systems in ways that abandon the old paradigm of teaching and learning (group-based, classroom-situated) will not be easy. The field of education is full of entrenched stakeholders in that old approach. Just look at some of the recommendations for improving education coming from the new Administration and from educators who have influence in the Obama education camp. None of those recommendations aim to move us toward a new and needed paradigm for teaching and learning. They all seem to sustain the old paradigm.…
of organizations like El Sistema with their amazing orchestra program and to current research which shows that people enjoy the arts more when they have more information (historical context, names and dates of compositions, whether artistic or musical).
But the fundamental thing we need to change about the arts is our philosophy that the arts are a luxury, not a necessity. In fact, and again, I speak only to my specialized knowledge, music is being shown to be an essential tool for brain development that has implications for language, reasoning, mathematics, and many other fields. I'm sure this applies to other arts as well.
I have aggregated a substantial amount of research on my blog, including some subjects in particular:
El Sistema in Scotland
The Real Cost of a Music Education
Music and the Schools
El Sistema in Venezuela
You can also look at the keywords list on the blog for numerous posts in academics, education, and under those for reading, math, etc. My blog is not supported by advertising and 90% + of the posts are research study summaries from peer-reviewed scientific journals.
I hope you will find these research studies useful and informative.…