In the wake of the recent discussion comparing Digg to the NYT, John Murrell has highlighted four distinct publishing models:
The cover story in Business Week discusses the work of the Gates Foundation in school reform. The piece reports on the mixed to disappointing results of much of the work of the foundation to improve U.S. high schools. Be sure to look at some of the reader comments on the piece since a number are from teachers in the schools being discussed.
If you are discerning between watching ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL or THE SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY:
The first film addresses the issue of schooling and if one can be taught to be an artist. It also addresses how most students, I would guess in any discpline, would seldom make it and if lucky end up as professors (frustrated artists) in an art college. You will get a quick insight into art school and the dynamics of the studio critique and how people make a bad work sound so strong through narrative and argumentation...
On this past Sunday's NYT the article "Skyline for Sale" refering to Gehry's Atlantic Yards project in Brooling and the complexity of the project reflected on the design of a Tower on Beekman Street in lower Manhattan.
"...a 75-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan, designed by Frank Gehry, who was commissioned by Bruce Ratner. Seventy proposals were produced before the design was finalized."
Check out the images with some of the variations.
Recently the Dean of the School of Engineering at UC Berkeley gave this talk to Silicon Valley Alumni in which he argued that the region is the corporation with companies and universities all working together to create competitive advantage. He suggests that the goal is to create a "bump" in the Friedman's flat world, by identifying the most talented people and bringing them to the region. Although the surface appeal of seeking competitive advantage is obvious, is the only possible motivating force for progress competitive ad...
Jeff passed on this site, Winpossible, that will try to match those with something to teach with others who have learning needs. The effort is just beginning, but if we define a school as a place that brings together teachers and students, perhaps the school of the future will look something like this.
This weekend I picked up the book, "The Moment of Complexity Emerging Network Culture" by Mark Taylor (I think he teaches at Williams college, plus he founded the Global Education Network). I just read a really interesting chapter titled, "The Currency of Education" where Taylor discusses the history of the university and how it has evolved in relation to the demands of the government, business and academics. He advocates "practicing theory" and he gives great examples of how business and education can (and have) worked together to improve and create new forms of learning and pedagogy in amaz...
Check out the first eighth of this article on ESPN. Malcolm Gladwell (and the interviewer) talks about what he thinks makes a "good" college professor/NBA coach. I like his point that we tend to "underestimate the role that teammates and peers can play" in learning.
I also like the concept/format of the "Curious Guy" (An interviewer "e-mail questions to somebody successful... [and they] trad...
The Teaching Support Group has a new blog (http://tln.tc-library.org/). Please feel free to contribute findings and comments related to teaching and learning or professoriate in higher education to the blog.
As Gary noted yesterday during our pre-Sachs lecture conversation, a lot of interesting educational programs take place outside of schools. New York Magazine ran a short article about the Nurse-Family Partnership a program that pairs experienced nurses with pregnant teenagers.
The program in brief: “Pair nurses with impoverished first-time mothers when they're pregnant–before any parenting habits need to be unlearned–an...