Epistemology: the Heart of a Good Curriculum

What if “epistemology” were written on the whiteboard on the first day of school, and referred to every day after that? What if “To know how you know what you think you know” were universally understood as the point of a curriculum? What if every test required not just knowing, but articulating how you know? What if discussing your epistemology with others were built into the conversation all day long? Is anything more important these days?

THE WEAK HEART OF A BAD EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

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Ten Truths Most People Don’t Know

Surprising Truths

  1. Africa is larger than you think.
  2. Poverty in the world has dramatically declined in the past 20 years.
  3. Human beings have become less violent.
  4. Children are born with empathy and wired to want to help others.
  5. No such thing as a purely rational decision.
  6. People are getting smarter.
  7. In fact, almost everything getting better than you think.
  8. Add your favorite in the comments so we can get to 10.

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National Take Your Enemy to Lunch Day: Keystone of Democracy

Last week on the flight from Washington to Boston, Ginna was reeling from the shock that America had elected a misogynistic, racist, egotistical demagogue for president. She decided to turn to her seatmate and ask, “Who did you vote for?” Continue reading

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A Dynamic Mind; Not a Growth Mindset

The antidote for a “fixed mindset” is not a “growth mindset,” but a mind on a mission.

One morning ten years ago a kindergarten teacher named John walked into his class wearing a pink shirt. There had been an outbreak of students saying a certain toy or activity was “just for boys” or “just for girls.” He had decided it was time for some lessons on gender equity. When the students entered class, one of the boys asked with hesitation, “Is that a… pink shirt?” “Yes. Why?” John responded. “Really?” the boy started to cringe his face and smirk. “Yes, pink,” said John. Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Won? Let’s Be Accurate

Hillary Won. No, she didn’t! Yes, she did! Come on, people, let’s be accurate.

The airwaves are already filled with advice about how to help our young people through this divisive moment in American history. One important bit of advice I haven’t heard yet: be accurate. Continue reading

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