All posts tagged education

  • What are you waiting for?

    TAL-Harper

    I wrote a post a few days ago but couldn’t bring myself to publish it because I sounded like such a ditz. It was about how much I love learning and school and being a nerd—things that are difficult to make interesting to others and hard to convey without sounding like an suck-up. So it sat in my drafts folder going about it’s business while I shuffled down to Ikea on yesterday and listed to some This American Life podcasts. It in the middle of New York, it kind of felt like I was visiting old friends when I heard Ira Glass begin the show.

    I picked this one, Harper High School, Part One, to listen to because it had two parts: I figured it would be long enough to get me to Brooklyn and back.

    This story is so good. This American Life decided to take a close look at one particular high school in Chicago, in response to the very violent year they’ve been having. In the last year, 29 Harper High students were shot, eight of them died. It’s not one of those soap opera stories and it doesn’t sound like a public service announcement, it’s just an incredible interview of this school. They followed around the principal, the counselors, some of the students…all of their stories were so raw and gave so much insight into the life in this part of the Chicago. The staff was genuinely trying to improve their students’ lives: to give them normal, safe high school experiences in the midst of all this violence. The students’ stories of trying to be good when there is so much bad around them. Trying literally to survive each day in a tenuous social structure where they have to be in a gang or they’d become a target. I had chills nearly the entire time I was listening to this story.

    I loved learning and school so much that this story resonated with me as its layered tragedy. So many difficult circumstances piled onto this kids. I felt so lucky to grow up where it was easy to go to school. That I was able to go to college. That I am where I am today.
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  • Changing Education Paradigms

    For this week’s movie, I’m posting this “lecture” by Sir Ken Robinson, though that makes it sound less interesting than it is. It’s interesting to watch the animation, and it’s an informative speech on education.

    My friend posted this on Facebook—and speaking of which, we all watched The Social Network last night. I just have to say that, even though it maybe good because we all have a Facebook and use it, it’s not really that good on it’s own. I’m glad I watched it, enjoyed it all the way through, but I don’t think it’s really competition for the other movies we have out as much as everyone says it is.

    I hope it does not win the Golden Globes. I just have to see Black Swan and The King’s Speech and then I’ll be able to make an informed decision on Best Picture! First time ever.

  • MyEdu vs…Learning?

    I got this email from the University of Wyoming today advertising that they would be participating in MyEdu, which “works directly with universities to post the official number of A-F’s given by professors and lets you compare grade records before you register, for FREE.

    They included this graphic:

    Why is the university promoting this? This website seems to say bluntly: “Pick the easiest classes you can because all that is important is your grades.” Or, even if the website does have more functions than that, that’s all the university is choosing to say. There is a difference between recommendations and reviews, and just plain grades.

    Is this strange to anyone else? We should be promoting challenging courses, education experiences, and knowledge…not grades.

    >Sorry that this was a totally random post…