Monthly Archives: October 2011

American Teacher, reviewed by Brian Jones

There is a review of the documentary movie American Teacher by Brian Jones, over at Susan Ohanian’s site. The review is here. Some representative quotes from the review: The American Teacher filmmakers show us a teacher in Texas, Erik Benner, … Continue reading

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Confronting The Malefactors: Paul Krugman In The New York Times

Paul Krugman likens our economic woes to “a play in three acts:” In the first act, bankers took advantage of deregulation to run wild (and pay themselves princely sums), inflating huge bubbles through reckless lending. In the second act, the … Continue reading

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Reviews of “Proofiness,” by Charles Seife

I recently finished reading Proofiness, written by Charles Seife, science writer and journalism professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and it’s excellent. There are a number of glowing reviews out there (see Stephen Strogatz … Continue reading

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Why Do Some People Learn Faster? (Jonah Lehrer In Wired)

Following up on yesterday’s post on using failure helpfully, and why grading inhibits learning, here is a link to an interesting article by Jonah Lehrer in Wired. The physicist Niels Bohr once defined an expert as “a person who has … Continue reading

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Using Failure As A Friendly Tool For Learning

Current grading policies at most schools are intended to measure learning, but they are counterproductive in that they actually inhibit learning. Taking a typical university mathematics course as an example, students might have a handful of assignments, a mid-term test, … Continue reading

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