22 April 2010

Intrinsic Motivation Primer

Drawing on insights from researchers Dan Ariely and Dan Pink this video by Jeff Monday does a pretty good job of hitting the high points:

Here's my post on Dan Pink's talks.

14 April 2010

Happiness is the goal of 4th Grade in Japan

At least in one man's classroom. Check out this documentary:

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06 April 2010

Multiple Rationalities

The following video makes an important point about the multiplicity of rationalities that exist for human behaviors. In this instance behaviors that affect public in the areas of HIV, sex and drugs.

03 April 2010

Parents Abdicating Responsibility to Schools

"According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home.

Deputy Education Secretary Anthony W. Miller said that many parents who school-home find U.S. households to be frightening, overwhelming environments for their children, and feel that they are just not conducive to producing well-rounded members of society.

Thousands of mothers and fathers polled in the study also believe that those running American homes cannot be trusted to keep their kids safe."

(Thanks to Free-Range Kids and The Onion)

Straight from A Kid's Mouth

Here's a TED Talk by Adora Svitak (12 yrs. old) in which she points out the totalitarian nature of the relationship between teachers and students: