That's right. Joshua Wong Chi-fung, at 17 years old, is essentially taking on the Chinese government.
From the article:
Despite the attention usually reserved for Canto-pop heartthrobs, Wong lacks physical presence. His shoulders are hunched in the kind of phone-tethered posture that annoys mothers everywhere. Yet his rhetoric, often delivered with eyes squeezed shut, is unequivocal. “I don’t want to follow the games of adults,” he says, “handing out business cards that you’ll just put in the rubbish bin, chit-chat. Political reform is not going to come from going to meetings … We had to do radical action because our leaders did nothing.”
In a guest editorial for CNN, Pasi Sahlberg writes about the elements that make Finland's schools among the best in the world. While arguments can be made about the difference in size and population between Finland and the United States, some of the factors that she writes about seem practical:
There are three things that have positively affected the quality of Finnish schools that are absent in American schools. First, Finland has built a school system that has over time strengthened educational equity. This means early childhood education for all children, funding all schools so they can better serve those with special educational needs, access to health and well-being services for all children in all schools, and a national curriculum that insists that schools focus on the whole child rather than narrow academic achievement.
Read the rest HERE.
Oof, it's been a while since this has been updated. Now that the network is stable I'll get back on it. To start off, Zen Penicils is an incredible project by Gavin Aung Than. The new cartoons come out semi-regularly but are always inspiring and/or thought provoking.
This one is based on a comencement speech by "Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and television producer. She is the creator and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of the new dramaHow To Get Away With Murder."
Click on the photo to read the whole thing!
This is Dale Dougherty, founder, editor and president of Make Magazine - in our own back yard of Sebastopol. From Mr. Nick Wilson, Casa's Mouse Squad leader and member of Casa of Mañana: "This video kind of nails the movement; making, creativity, literacy, collaboration, and repeated failure leading to success."
This school year is the start of "Casa of Mañana", which is really the sapling of a shared vision that several teachers here have for the future of Casa Grande High School. More information will be posted through out the year, but if you are interested in what inspired us, the video below is a good place to start. Please, be a part of Casa of Mañana!
An infographic of the great meme.
Here's the source of the info: http://www.100people.org/statistics_100stats.php?section=statistics
Who would have thought that lecturing is the least effective way of teaching. From the lede:
Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say.
While the study is for post-secondary, that probably means the findings would go doubly for high school students, no?
From the Smithsonian: Lectures aren't just boring, they're innecfective, too, study finds.
I discovered this great website full of infographics while browsing io9.com:
Where have the Wildings Gone?
Favorite character pictured at left.
This from the BBC:
"The study concludes that, on average, people who read regularly are more satisfied with life, happier and more likely to feel their life is worthwhile".
Read the entire article here: England 'divided into readers and watchers'
This is an interesting article about a study of the teenage brain - and it actually helps make sense of that interesting species of human.
Somewhat paradoxically, teenagers often exhibit poorer decision making skills than when they were children. Adding to the paradox is the observation that many teens, when compared to adults, are physically stronger, faster, and more resistant to disease. Some teens even exhibit higher reasoning capacities than adults.
Read the rest HERE.