Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Maybe We're Doing It Wrong

Here are a couple of semi-related posts on the limitations of what education can do:

Michele Martin writes about How School Screws Things Up, about the mismatch of expectations between an education environment and what the real world demands.

The second is an article from the Seattle Times summarizing a study critical of higher education's lack of success in instilling 'higher level' thinking skills among students.

Your mileage may vary, but focusing on grades and doing well on tests can get in the way of learning how to navigate a complex world.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

So, what are you reading?

So, what books are you currently reading?  Over the break, I read a couple of books, including William Gibson's Pattern Recognition, and Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age Classic and archetypical American nove.

Also on the bedstand with bookmarks are Inside of a Dog, by Alexandra Horowitz, helpful in understanding why Brownie and Audrey do what they do, Joyride, Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, by Mia Birk, and Keith Richards' Life, the autobiography of the Rolling Stones' guitarist.   I'm also about a third of the way through Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz, about human error, learning and our beliefs. This last one is great, with insights for what I do as a teacher.

So, what are you reading?