Category: Notes Around Town
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
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
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
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. The segment featured Beth Furtig who reports on education issues for WNYC. Mother Jones did a book review on Furtig’s new book called “Why Cant U Teach Me…