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Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (David Weinberger 2012)

We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, … Continue reading

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Joshua Davis, Wired, October 15, 2013 These students in Matamoros, Mexico, didn’t have reliable Internet access, steady electricity, or much hope – until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential. (Photo: Peter Yang) To explore how best to learn, … Continue reading

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What do S-curves, white water rafting and Wikipedia have to do with education in the 21st century?

What do S-curves, the Digital Revolution, white-water rafting, World of Warcraft, Jeff Bezos, Jurassic Park, Wikipedia and Harry Porter have to do with each other when we talk about education? […] What does scalable learning entail? JSB used white- water … Continue reading

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‘Languages for All?’

This was the title of a recent conference that brought together professors, researchers, and administrators to discuss the importance of all US students to become as proficient as possible in a second language. There appears to be a growing consensus … Continue reading

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‘The mind is a pattern-seeking machine’ (Stephen Jay Gould)

The mind, basically, is a pattern-seeking machine… We tend to seek patterns… and then we tell stories about them. I think we’re pretty much conditioned to look for a pattern and to try to interpret it in terms of certain … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Locke: On Human Understanding and the Folly of Our Borrowed Opinions

Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, August 29, 2013 “The understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things, takes no notice of itself; and it requires an art and pains to set it at a distance … Continue reading

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Higher education to cultivate higher learning, thinking & creativity

At its best, education cultivates lifelong learning that fosters growing understanding, competence, and creativity. Arguably, honors education, understood and practiced as transdisciplinary and transformative global education that cultivates global competence, is an excellent preparation for life and work in the … Continue reading

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Changing educational paradigms to cultivate creativity

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson argues that we need to fundamentally change educational paradigms to stop ‘educating people out of their creativity,’ and instead start cultivating that very creativity to better prepare us for the global and complex challenges of … Continue reading

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How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read – and think about things you haven’t thought about

I never read a book I must review; it prejudices you so. (Oscar Wilde) This seems to be one of the many great books that I haven’t read, and nonetheless want to talk or at least blog about … Since … Continue reading

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Study abroad makes you a better person

A new study of the effects of study abroad on students’ personal development finds a significant positive impact on the “Big Five” personality traits: agreeableness conscientiousness neuroticism extraversion openness to experience This confirms the importance of cultivating global competence as … Continue reading

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