Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
U.S. education lusts for STEM. Prepare to be pitied if you ask at a school conference what the acronym means (science, technology, engineering, math). There are STEM schools, STEM programs, STEM books, STEM experts. STEM grant applications get more respect. Everybody says STEM careers mean more money. I Googled STEM and got 146 million results.Read full article >>
Over the last several years I have done an occasional series of interviews with people from different walks of life about their own education. Among those I’ve spoken to are Attorney General Eric Holder, legendary producer Quincy Jones, actor Zac Efron, and New York Times writer David Carr. (There’s a galley here.) My favorite may be the hilarious exchange with Spongebob, the one and only interview he has consented to give in all of his time as a Nickelodeon star.Read full article >>
A paleobotanist and a behavioral economist, a medieval historian and an audio preservationist, a research psychologist and an agricultural ecologist, an immigration lawyer and a photographer/videoartist, a jazz pianist/composer and a public health historian/anthropologist. These are just some of the professions represented on the just-released 2013 list of MacArthur Foundation Fellows, or, more popularly referred to by the media as the “genius awards.”Read full article >>
Administrators for Fairfax County public schools are projecting a $156 million deficit for next year’s budget as the school system seeks to provide teachers and staff with significant raises after years of stagnant compensation.Read full article >>