DefDog: Nurturing Innovation in Spite of Really Rotten Rote Education + RECAP

04 Education, Cultural Intelligence

For years I have done similar approaches when teaching….and have been told to stop because “it is not the way it is done!”  My classes were consistently better equipped to deal with the problems they faced as intelligence officers than the school house folks……they weren't afraid of an intelligence failure of the information kind, only the grey matter kind…..

Educating the Next Steve Jobs

How can schools teach students to be more innovative? Offer hands-on classes and don't penalize failure


Wall Street Journal, 13 April 2012

Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators. To succeed in the 21st-century economy, students must learn to analyze and solve problems, collaborate, persevere, take calculated risks and learn from failure. To find out how to encourage these skills, I interviewed scores of innovators and their parents, teachers and employers. What I learned is that young Americans learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling—not because of it.

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Phi Beta Iota:  The article restates what has been known for decades.  That the WSJ should think this is in any way new is itself a statement on the WSJ state of mindlessness.  Schools today — the exceptions aside — are industrial era rote prisons that beat the creativity out of children by the fifth grade.  There is a need to learn history and memorize formulas — no question on that point — but learning to learn in the modern era — and learning to program the electronic tools with which we can learn and share and make sense despite the moral and intellectual constipation of Google, Microsoft, and Oracle, to name just three dead-end companies — this matters.

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Denmark: One Hundred Mobile App Teach Kids Math

Graphic: Digital Learners versus Analog Teachers

Howard Rheingold: Infotention Skills + Citizen Intel RECAP

John Robb: Free Online Open Source Education + RECAP

John Seely Brown’s New Culture of Learning and US Unified Community Action Network (US UCAN)

Journal: It’s Official–Social Media EDUCATESNetwork Learning to Team/Autonomous Learning

Paul Fernhout: Open Letter to the Intelligence Advanced Programs Research Agency (IARPA)

Reference: Are Hackers Pioneers with the Right Stuff or Criminal Pathological Scum? Mitch Kabay Reprises

Reference: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) – All Humans, All Minds, All the Time [Full Text Online for Google Translate]

Reference: The Revolution IS Being Tweeted

Reform Coalition: “True Cost” Economics & Genuine Progress + True Cost RECAP

Review: Digital Natives & Digital Immigrants

Review: Don’t Bother Me Mom–I’m Learning!

Review: Making Learning Whole–How Seven Principles of Teaching can Transform Education

Review: Orbiting the Giant Hairball–A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace

Review: Philosophy and the Social Problem–The Annotated Edition

Review: Reality Is Broken–Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Review: The Design of Business–Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage

Review: The World Is Open–How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education

Review: Too Big to Know – Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

Review: Weapons of Mass Instruction

Robert Steele: Itemization of Information Pathologies

Robert Steele: True Cost Economics Combined with Monitoring Outputs and Outcomes

TED: Salman Khan–Use video to reinvent education

TED: Sugata Mitra–The child-driven education

Yoda: Child-Driven Education, Convergence of Knowledge

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