The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Truth) about American Schools

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Truth) about American Schools.

And why aren’t we listening to one of the smartest men in history?

Einstein and Education.’ ..“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

That’s what he said, this Albert Einstein. And he said it a long time ago. So if our obsession as parents is to make our kids smarter, why aren’t we listening to this sage? This beacon of mathematical and scientific innovation? Why are we still languishing in this bell-ridden desk line up that favors tests and homework over creative thought?  … MORE

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  • Clyde Duncan  On October 12, 2017 at 11:38 pm

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Think Trump Is Dangerously Unstable Now?

    Just Wait Till Obama Re-emerges Later This Month

    ExpatGirl | Daily Kos

    Our long wait for Obama to re-enter the scene is almost over.

    A date HAS been set for Obama to appear with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam in Richmond … Next Thursday, October 19th.

    That race will pit Obama directly against Trump — at a time Trump is still brooding over his chosen candidate, Luther Strange, losing in Alabama.

    On October 21st, he and the four other living ex-Presidents will be hosting a One America Appeal fundraising concert in College Station, Texas.

    The message will be unifying — which flies in the face of Trump’s divide and conquer strategy for America. It will also showcase the fact that Puerto Rico is in urgent need — despite what Trump and FEMA are reporting.

    On October 31st, the Obama Foundation is holding its inaugural summit in Chicago to promote civic engagement.

    The lineup includes “civic leaders, artists, and business leaders in main stage sessions, and breakout sessions on a diverse range of topics“…and also the UK’s Prince Harry (a guy kind of known for attracting a lot of press attention).

    The only thing guiding Trump’s presidency is a desire to erase Obama and his legacy.

    All bets are off on how quickly he unravels once Obama re-enters the public space.

    Get ready.

  • Gigi  On October 13, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve come across this quote quite a few times – mostly posted by stupid people excusing their laziness to learn – like the ADHD dude here with all his off topic postings.

    The only reason I take issue with this post has to do with the quote itself. Here’s my take. First off, we don’t know if a fish can think because we cannot converse with it (let’s not confuse instinct with thinking, two different situations). Narcissistic people seem to think we can. They also think utensils and rocks and clouds and just about everything can think. I can go off into the bizarre but I’ll stop here and let people use their imagination. Hey, whatever floats your boat is fine with me as long as you do not impose it on me. I’ve met a few of these folks when I became an innocent member of Moveon.org; they tried to get me to attend their “church”. I moved on from that crowd when I figured out what they were about, and with no regrets! Like, I said, whatever floats your boat is fine as long as you don’t impose it on me.

    Second, if I tried to live part of my life under water trying to breath and live like a fish and ended up a vegetable for the remainder of my life for my efforts, well then, yes dearie, I’m stupid is as stupid does – and a prime candidate for the Darwin awards. Same goes for the fish. If evolution wanted the fish to evolve to climb trees, it would have adapted to having those necessary characteristics /features to make it happen. Same with humans – it’s why some have adapted (both physically and mentally) to suit the differing climatic and environmental conditions they found themselves. We identify and recognize them as being culturally civilized and superior for leaving the motherland, Africa, embarking into the beyond, and making a success at it (scientist theories claim we all came out of Africa. But the reason most of us look different is because we were able to adapt to survive in the new environment we found ourselves in/immigrated to). The problem is that some have taken this fascinating phenomenon to mean they are demigods, endowed with special powers and burdened with the responsibility of doing what the gods deemed impossible possible – civilizing all and sundry. The folly of man.

    The rest of the article is worthwhile reading. Not sure how far imagination can/will take one without some knowledge. Most of the world devote much time conversing and living a life to please an imaginary man in the sky and look how that continues to turn out – and for thousand of years, too! Good grief, you’d think by now they’d have an inkling that this fanciful imagination is the reason the world is a vicious and hostile place. But no, they just keep on trudging along, waiting, praying, begging and hoping to be taken into a magical hereafter. If only they would allow a little knowledge to seep in…imagine the possibilities for life here on earth…

    BTW, I’m not a fan of homework and didn’t give students any unless the parents asked. I saw homework as indoctrinating children into taking work home to do on their personal time when they get into the real world. My husband does it and I did it. But I left it up to the parents. For those who wanted homework, I gave the kids homework but they did not get extra credit. Those who didn’t want homework received none. The only time I gave homework was during vacations but I let parents know it was voluntary, students were not required to it. To the kids, I told them if they completed the entire homework package – a combination of ELA and math worksheets/activities – they would get a special prize. Of the 20 students in my class, only about 5/7 would return completed homework packages. The prizes were Crayola paint sets, books, Rubik cubes, puzzle pens. The best motivation tool that worked for me was giving students free time to play board games. I purchased a bunch of games including chess, Chinese checkers, battleship, dominoes, playing cards and dice. I had to teach them how to play these games because they did not know. Board games are a dying hobby yet a great for social and academic learning. I used the dominoes, playing cards and dice to create math games for multiplication, addition, fraction, subtraction, division. The kids even came up with their own games…imagination in play; though I did let them know they were learning and would point out to them what they were learning to do. It is sad that the school system is so crappy it turns one off from wanting to teach.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 14, 2017 at 3:41 am

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 14, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Math over the Decades

    1. Teaching Math In 1960s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
    His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

    2. Teaching Math In 1970s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
    His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

    3. Teaching Math In 1980s
    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
    His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit ?
    Yes or No

    4. Teaching Math In 1990s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
    His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20.
    Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

    5. Teaching Math In 2000s

    A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands.

    He does this so he can make a profit of $20.

    What do you think of this way of making a living?

    Topic for class participation after answering the question:

    How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?
    (There are no wrong answers. Feel free to express your feelings e.g. anger, anxiety, inadequacy, helplessness etc.)

    NB: Should you require debriefing at the conclusion of exam there are counselors available to assist you to adjust back into the real world.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Grafton from Barbados wrote:

    You wouldn’t believe how many people can’t tell you in which direction the sun comes up in their neighbourhood. Try asking a few people.

    On Trump, I kind of feel sorry for the man. After dismantling all of Obama’s programs – and he is almost finished – he will be so bored he might look for another job.

    Why can’t his party people help him to develop his own programs to work on?

    His only real vision is “the Wall” [and Obamahate] and we know ….

    Not because a man is going down the wrong road – He lost !!

    Fixation is a bitch.
    G.

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