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Spirituality Without Religion

Spirituality Without Religion

The LA Times is reporting on a “Spirituality for Kids” curriculum being presented in some Los Angeles public schools.   ‘Spirituality for Kids’ is not religious,” said Karen Timko, who is in charge of elementary counselors for the Los Angeles Unified School District and has included the group in a resource fair for counselors. “It’s tools for navigating your life.” This is another good argument for appropriate separation of church and state, religion and public education. (Yes, I’m in favor of…

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“Is It Time to Retrain Business Schools?”

“Is It Time to Retrain Business Schools?”

NY TImes: Is It Time to Retrain Business Schools? Still, there have been signs that all is not well in business education. A study of cheating among graduate students, published in 2006 in the journal Academy of Management Learning & Education, found that 56 percent of all M.B.A. students cheated regularly — more than in any other discipline. The authors attributed that to “perceived peer behavior” — in other words, students believed everyone else was doing it. As the country…

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Ideas have nothing to do with reality?

Ideas have nothing to do with reality?

It’s amazing to see this [Link: World On the Web » World New Media Archive » Ideas have nothing to do with reality] … Teachers cannot – except serendipitously – fashion moral character or produce citizens of a certain temper. … showing up on the web so soon after the article I discussed in my last post, “Ideas Have Consequences;” in which researchers were quite able (at least in the short term) to fashion moral character, with hardly any effort…

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Study Suggests Math Teachers Scrap Balls and Slices – New York Times

Study Suggests Math Teachers Scrap Balls and Slices – New York Times

This reminds me of so many other untested beliefs. Parents and teachers have been of the opinion lately that students will understand math better using real-world objects to illustrate abstract concepts. Research now suggests this is wrong. “The motivation behind this research was to examine a very widespread belief about the teaching of mathematics, namely that teaching students multiple concrete examples will benefit learning,” said Jennifer A. Kaminski, a research scientist at the Center for Cognitive Science at Ohio State….

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