My Twitter pall Michael Josefowicz, who tweets as @toughLoveforx, is one of the very best tweeters on all things education. He asked me recently about where I thought education reform needed to begin and last night I tweeted 10 for starters . . . but there are so many more. Please add more ideas and tweet them. The other person in this Twitter feed is @graingered (Sean Grainger) who I also know only from his Twitter feed. Follow all these good folks: #GoodEd
- End standardized EOG tests--they demotivate learning and good teaching
- Test in challenging way, use tough game mechanics w real-time feedback and new challenges
- ABCD grading is 19th c factory standard, meat packers: need nuance, subtle, real, honest assessment
- Make learning real, relevant, tied to communities, real experience, accomplishment, worth
- Omit industrial age "two cultures" binary (stem v art, human, soc). Really? in the Information age?
- Teach kids to think through, with, about, for--and create--new, interactive digital global communication
- Nourish ability, stop diagnosing, labelling, stygmatizing, medicating disability
- Restore arts, music, shop, PE: soulstirring learning that lets kids move, make, sing, dream
- stop making college implicit standard for all edu, back to preschool. Many worthy careers don't need higher ed
- Involve parents, guardians, friends, grandparents as teacher's aids;msubsidize healthy bfast and lunches
NOTE: BOOK LAUNCH: AUGUST 18, 2011
Cathy N. Davidson is co-founder of HASTAC, and author of The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions for a Digital Age (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg), and the forthcoming Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (publication date, Viking Press, August 18, 2011). below. For an early, prepublication review of Now You See It in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, click here.
A starred review in the May 30 Publisher's Weekly notes: "Davidson has produced an exceptional and critically important book, one that is all-but-impossible to put down and likely to shape discussions for years to come." PW named it one of the "top 10 science books" of the Fall 2011 season.