Notes Around Town

Jul
23
2010

Former ‘No Child Left Behind’ Advocate Turns Critic

When education places the emphasis on testing the result is detrimental. Who pays the cost of test-driven education? The children  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124209100 [more]

Jul
23
2010

The Lack of Creative Thinking Leads to a Lack of Ingenuity

Is creativity really critical? If so, can education foster creativity? Explore these questions as you read this Newsweek article from July 10th of this year: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/10/the-creativity-crisis.html [more]

Jul
23
2010

What’s the Value of Creativity?

Adults often seek to nurture creativity in children. Interestingly, young children often refer to themselves as creative. Slowly, over time this notion is devalued by adults and children loose their self-perception of creativity. What happens to creativity? View Sir Ken Robinson’s humorous explanation of what might be the biggest factor in loosing creativity: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html [more]

Dec
12
2009

Functionally illiterate: up to 20 percent of American adults may recognize letters and words, but can’t read a bus sign.

You may have heard the NPR Morning Edition broadcast today: Years Of Schooling Leaves Some Students Illiterate.  Listening to the segment, it reminded me about how XXXXX. [more]