Quote of the week – Education

And although literacy rates are notoriously difficult to assess, there is sufficient evidence (mostly drawn from signatures) that between 1640 and 1700, the literacy rate for men in Massachusetts and Connecticut was somewhere between 89 percent and 95 percent, quite probably the highest concentration of literate males to be found anywhere in the world at that time.2 (The literacy rate for women in those colonies is estimated to have run as high as 62 percent in the years 1681-1697.3)

– Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Studies Show Growing Education Gap Between Rich And Poor

[Stanford Professor Sean Reardon] is the author of a study that found that the gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students had grown by about 40 percent since the 1960s, and is now double the testing gap between blacks and whites.

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Source : Think Progress.org

The Comparing Trap – Thomas J. DeLong

Comparing becomes a trap, however, when people become so consumed by measuring themselves against others that they fail to step back and see how it’s impacting their actions, and fail to acknowledge and celebrate their own unique successes.

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Source : HBR

Prof David Harvey defends public education, right to protest

It is therefore tragic to see rights of association, assembly and protest, rights guaranteed by the Constitution, trampled upon by policies formulated within the CUNY system that seem designed to deny the right to protest and to restrict the possibility for open and and pacific dialogue.

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Source : Occupycunynews

Tech And toddlers

She recently carried out a study to see if the ways mothers interacted with their toddlers differed depending on whether they were playing with more traditional toys –a shape sorter, a book, a toy animal – or battery-powered equivalents. She found that with the electronic toys, “Parents were not less affectionate, but they were less responsive, less encouraging and did far less teaching. It was almost like the toy was interfering.

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Source : The Guardian