From Churchill to C. Murray
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|Treatment of Students|
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don't stop." Confucius
"Do not train a child to learn by force of harshness; but direct them to it by what amused their minds so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." Plato
"Try not to have a good time... this is supposed to be educational." Charles M. Schulz
"To know how to suggest is the art of teaching." Henri-Frederic Amiel
"The better-performing students will be treated much as chess prodigies are today" ... The lesser-performing students will specialize in receiving motivation." Tyler Owen, Average is Over (2013) 198 See How Children Succeed by Paul Tough 2012
Full Story Authors Note: This is not the first study to reveal that computers do not enhance learning. Like everything, if you really want to know what is going on, "...follow the money."
"Despite all the ruminations about 'skills bias' in the patterns of technological change, there is no such [skills] shortage. To the contrary, our economy is full of highly technical and skilled people. It remains short of jobs for those people, as every college counselor and every coordinator of a training program knows." J. Galbraith, Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay
F.D.R. was neither an outstanding student nor athlete, but he entered enthusiastically into life at Groton and did well enough to go to Harvard in 1900. At Harvard he put much of his energy into his social life and extracurricular activities' Source
"...often there is little or no payoff from having a little bit more..." Lester Thurow
"Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in." Leonardo da Vinci
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." Oscar Wilde
"Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results." John Dewey
“The problem is not the content of textbooks, but the very idea of them.” Sam Weinberg
The most important thing about education is appetite. Winston Churchill
"...Strengthening values also demands a national commitment to excellence in education. Ronald Reagan
"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." Robert Frost
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." Plutarch
“Education is no substitute for intelligence." Frank Herbert
"A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.” Abraham Lincoln
The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there
is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is
equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.
Future of Work (2015) in
Our Competitive World
"...the idea that you can just have better training and then there are all these jobs, all these places where there are shortages and we just need the trained people is fundamentally an evasion." " The core problem is that there aren't enough jobs. If you help some people, you could help them get the jobs, but then someone else won't get the jobs. "
|"Delivering literacy--even on the high level appropriate to a knowledge society--will be an easier task than giving students the capacity and the knowledge to keep on learning, and the desire to do it."... "All it requires is to make learners achieve. All it requires is to focus on the strengths and talents of learners so that they excel in whatever it is they do well." " But schools do not do it. They focus instead on a learner's weaknesses." P. Drucker, The New Realities (1989)||
|Epilog "In 1914, John Alexander Smith, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford, addressed the first session of his two-year lecture course as follows: 'Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies that (will) form a noble adventure…Let me||make this clear to you. ..nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life – save only this – that if you work hard, intelligently, you should be able to detect when a||
man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is
the main, if not the sole purpose of education.'
quote reminds me of the famous Joan Robinson line: 'The purpose of studying economics is ...to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.'
Winston Churchill “The most important thing about education is appetite.”
Educational Change Abstract
1) P. Drucker emphasize what learners do well
2) A. Kohn homework doesn't help young students
3) T. Cowen best students special, others should be motivated
4) W. Antoniotti duration and continuation not speed are important.
5) Harvard College 2013 courses about life
on Education Investment Abstract
6) P. Krugman increasing wage premium for higher education over
7) L. Thurow small payoff from little bit more education
8) F. Pryor and D. Schaffer poor graduates got low level jobs
9) C. Murray more investing in our best and brightest
10) A. Greenspan education reform will take many years
11) James Heckman early childhood development investment best
believed "Students Should Have
Studied What They Do Well" "Delivering literacy--even on the
high level appropriate to a knowledge society--will be an easier task
than giving students the capacity and the knowledge to keep on learning,
and the desire to do it."... "All it requires is to make
learners achieve. All it requires is to focus on the strengths
and talents of learners so that they excel in whatever it is they do
well." But schools do not do it. They focus instead on a learner's
The New Realities pages
236 and 237. Peter thinks that student who do
poorly with math should not be let anywhere near
algebra. This should make students happier but
remember algebra teachers need jobs.
The Accidental Theorist and Other Dispatches from the
Dismal Science Editor's Note: They are still not listening and only
change is 1.5 trillion dollars is owed by former college students.
9) Charles Murray encouraged more investing in our best and brightest in his 1994 book Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. He later reinforced this meritocratic system with "HALF OF THE CHILDREN ARE BELOW AVERAGE, TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COLLEGE, AMERICA'S FUTURE DEPENDS ON HOW WE EDUCATE THE ACADEMICALLY GIFTED, ABILITIES VARY." See Real-world, Technology-based, Activity-driven, Question-based College Curriculums
10) Alan Greenspan wrote we can't forget about the middle. "The cost of educational egalitarianism is doubtless high and may be difficult to justify in terms of economic efficiency..." Some achieve more easily at far less cost, than others. "Yet there is a danger in a democratic society in leaving some children out sync with its institutions. Such neglect contributes to exaggerated income concentration, and could conceivably be far more costly to the sustaining of capitalism and globalization in the long run. ." "Much of our skill shortage can be resolved with education reform. But that will take years."The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World published in 2007 by Penguin Group, pages 406 and 407
Proposed Changes Summary
W. Churchill educational appetite must not be destroyed
P. Drucker concentrate on what students do well
A. Kohn homework replaced with more useful experiences
T. Cowen educators as motivators and online managers
W. Antoniotti graduation is about finishing, many student drop out, teacher is in deep do do.
H. College courses connect to lives beyond college