Education

The Atlantic Monthly Article about Finland Mainly Leaves Me with More Questions

So, in case you didn’t hear, Finland keeps scoring at the top of PISA tests for education. It’s a big deal. Their kids don’t study like crazy. They don’t test like crazy. Their teachers are highly unionized. They are experiencing an expanding, yet equally well educated, immigrant community. They also have teachers that, on average, …

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Yeah, but are the kids learning? – Thoughts on improving the Ascendly assessment system.

Yeah, but are the kids learning? – Thoughts on improving the Ascendly assessment system. Ascendly’s after-school engineering classes are popular, but are they good? In other words, “Are the kids actually learning?” Every organization needs to know if its latest changes, both purposeful and accidental, are affecting improvements, or are they just making things worse. …

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Read to your kids, give them a better life (and better test scores)

The debate about the sources of weakness in American students’ test scores vis-a-vis those students in other countries continues. The most recent addition to this debate comes in the form of some research recently released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) in conjunction with the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and recently reported …

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Just Finished the First Season – Feedback was Good – Getting Ready for Next Five Years.

Last Thursday marked the completion of the first season of The Capital Lego Robot Club. Lisa, my spouse and occasional business partner, and I had tentatively decided to take the after-school-robot concept and expand it to more school districts, but we were also waiting for more formal feedback before emotionally committing ourselves. The feedback was …

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Operating Vision: Bringing social media to after-school education programs

So what is going on with Everybody Does Robots? Other than finishing up our first class (just two more sessions), I’m scheming about how to scale our efforts. I want to bring engineering confidence and competence to the kids of America, starting with the Kindergarteners. Ok – America is big, so how can I spread …

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