Friday, April 16, 2010

Important Things to Learn

Back in 2006, Stephen Downes wrote a post here and here that spoke to what was essential for everyone to learn. Today I just happened upon it again, and it sparked some more thinking about his suggestions. Here are Stephen's essentials linked to some resource pages here at LIM:

1. How to Predict Consequences
2. How to Read
3. How to Distinguish between Truth and Fiction
4. How to Empathize
5. How to be Creative
6. How to Communicate Clearly
7. How to Learn
8. How to Stay Healthy
9 How to Value Yourself
10. How to Live Meaningfully

Monday, April 12, 2010

History of American Education

Should students be servants of corporations?

"It would be a mistake to assume that the present-day educational system is unchanging. On the contrary, it is undergoing rapid change. But much of this change is no more than an attempt to refine the existent machinery, making it ever more efficient in pursuit of obsolete goals."
~ Alvin Toffler

Ravitch on Education - A Podcast Interview
The Underground History of American History: John Gatto
Wikipedia: History of Education in the United States
American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline
The History of Education in America
A Short History of United States' History: 1900 - 2006