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Digital citizenship lessons aren’t going to crack filter bubbles and echo chambers

Digital citizenship lessons aren’t going to crack filter bubbles and echo chambers

C Thi Nguyen said: Jamieson and Cappella’s book is the first empirical study into how echo chambers function. In their analysis, echo chambers work by systematically alienating their members from all outside epistemic sources. Their research centres on Rush Limbaugh, a wildly successful conservative firebrand in the United States, along with Fox News and related...

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No one ever said

Eric Hayot said: No one ever said you would get to do the job in the same way for all 40 years of your career. No one ever said that large-scale social changes wouldn’t change your working conditions. And now they have. via https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Humanities-as-We-Know-Them/243769 Yep. Time to get to work. And in much bigger ways than...

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Incented memorization

Seth Godin said: Useful modern education is not the work of rote. When you tell someone the answer and then give them a test to see if they remember what you told them, that’s not education, it’s incented memorization. via https://seths.blog/2018/09/the-trick-question

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Most educators do not have ‘change fatigue’

Will Richardson said: As schools and classrooms, why do we exist today? What do we believe? What are our values? What are our deepest commitments to the children we serve? And do we live all of that? Without coherent, clearly communicated answers to those questions, no serious change will survive. And, importantly, there will be...

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Sometimes mindless, sometimes malevolent

Bill Ayers said: What we call education is usually no more than training. We are so busy operating schools we have lost sight of learning. We mostly participate in certification mills, institutions founded on notions of control and discipline, lifeless and joyless places where people serve time and master a few basic skills on their...

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How am I going to make this work relevant?

Peter Greene said: … if your spouse says, “I’m looking for ways to make you interesting and appealing,” that is not a good sign. Once you look at a lesson and ask, “How am I going to make this material relevant,” you have admitted that the material is not actually relevant. If that’s true–if the...

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Talking past each other

Anthony Kronman said: When it comes to campus speech, the adversaries tend to divide into two recognizable camps. On the one hand are those who say: This is a special community, an inclusive community, we care about the well-being of all its members and we must see to it that they are not made to...

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Mandates that are bad for kids

Tom Dunn said: As a former school superintendent . . . . I felt perpetually conflicted about being forced to implement mandates that were, frankly, bad for kids. The irony is how often the very politicians who denounce bullying use their power to beat adults into submission with their ill-conceived laws. In education, they do this...

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Taking students seriously disrupts our comfort and threatens our sense of authority

Nicole Williams Beechum said: We know from research that students can have more robust learning experiences when what happens in school is relevant to their lives, helps them connect to a larger purpose, and is grounded in a sense of belonging. This means that the system must be responsive to their goals, interests, and sense...