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How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

The New York Times – Adam Grant

“THEY learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to end not with a bang, but with a whimper. Consider the nation’s most prestigious award for scientifically gifted high school students, the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, called the Super Bowl of science by one American president. From its inception in 1942 until 1994, the search recognized more than 2000 precocious teenagers as finalists. But just 1 percent ended up making the National Academy of Sciences, and just eight have won Nobel Prizes. For every Lisa Randall who revolutionizes theoretical physics, there are many dozens who fall far short of their potential.”(more)

The need for Humanities in education

The Star News Online – Thomas Schmid

“The Humanities dare to devote themselves to the examination of what it means to be a human being. In the words of the Rockefeller Commission on the Humanities, these academic disciplines “reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual, and intellectual sense of a world in which irrationality, despair, loneliness, and death are as conspicuous as birth, friendship, hope, and reason.” The Humanities comprise one of the ancient and indispensable pillars of a liberal, that is, liberating, education. Traditionally, the Humanities include language, literature, history, philosophy, the study of religion and the study of the fine arts. These disciplines help individuals “come to grips with the question of what living is for.” Moreover, the civic and historical knowledge and ethical reasoning that the humanities develop are prerequisites for informed participation in a free democracy. The complexity and diversity of the human experience across time and place means that those who seek to describe and understand it must develop a vocabulary of interpretation, strategies for accommodating complexity, and protocols for evaluating contested ideas — the skills of critical thinking.”(more)

Famed Math Teacher Dan Meyer on the State of Math Education Today

Ed Surge – Blake Montgomery

“What’s math got to do with it? Everything, says Dan Meyer, creator of the the popular blog dy/dan. Meyer is one of America’s most popular math educators—he has 43,400 followers on Twitter who are ready at any moment to talk about math—and he’s been through many transformations: Math teacher, math education researcher, now chief academic officer at Desmos.”(more)

Advancing Career Pathways for Kids

The Huffington Post – Chris Minnich

“Two-thirds of adults do not think students are ready for the world of work once they graduate from high school. That’s according to a recent poll in Virginia. Yet according to the same poll, about the same percentage of people – 64 percent – think students are ready for college when they graduate. I suspect that these results, from a statewide survey conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University, are similar to what you might hear in your state. In fact, you might hear something similar if you surveyed the nation’s educators and state school chiefs. For several years, our states have taken the lead in transforming K-12 education to ensure every child graduates from high school prepared for college and careers. We are making progress, raising expectations for all kids and transitioning to new tests to measure students against these expectations. Yet, we cannot lose sight of how important career readiness is for all kids – whether or not a student plans to go to a four-year college.”(more)

The 4 essentials of a successful Genius Hour

E-School News – Jill Badalamenti

“What are you passionate about? What do you want to do more than anything in the world? Well I hope you said what you are doing right now. This is not always the case. Some people hate what they are doing. They may hate it because it pays too little, but being a teacher doesn’t make me very wealthy and I love what I’m doing. More importantly, people may hate their job because they would rather be doing something else. This is where I think we can do better in education. As educators, we can help our students find and explore their passions. Once they discover what they’re truly passionate about, the learning and engagement will never stop. The best way for students to explore their passions is through Genius Hour.”(more)