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Ice Dancing Needs More Of This (NSFW?)
Posted by vinny9 on March 11, 2009. Tagged with
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Faith is Bliss
Louisiana is legislating that other theories of life can be debated/taught in schools in the name of "academic freedom".
Posted by vinny9 on July 10, 2008. Tagged with
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Missing Class
This is neither silly nor technical, but it's a neat article about everything that's wrong with American universities, and I felt like sharing.

Adrienne, I expect you to explain its conclusions with great exasperation to your mother at some point in the next week.
Posted by goodladd on March 14, 2007. Tagged with
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Vancouver continuing education
Of all the fliers that piled up in my apartment over the holidays, the only interesting one was the Continuing Education Program of the Vancouver School Board. They offer some normal academic classes, but what interested me was the huge variety of general interest seminars they offer. Cooking, dancing, computers, languages, art, business, personal development, and more.

I registered for a pair of 1 day courses about investing and memory boosting, as well as a longer swing dance course (bring it on Nikki).

Posted by dustin on January 5, 2007. Tagged with
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We don't need no thought control
Here's an interesting interview about radical education reform:
"We need to kill the poison plant we created," Gatto has written. "School reform is not enough. The notion of schooling itself must be challenged." His alternative: to get rid of institutional mass-production schools, allow every imaginable experiment to blossom, make free public libraries universal, and expand hands-on apprenticeships.
I don't agree with everything the guy says, but I do agree that the public school system needs a serious shake-up.
Posted by dustin on November 13, 2006. Tagged with
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Sillysoft Education Plan
I'm starting a special education deal, with 2 main programs:

1. Schools can get American History Lux for free.

2. CS, math, and engineering students and departments can get free Lux Delux registrations.

Full details on the program are here: http://sillysoft.net/schools/

The rational behind this is described (and commented on) in this IndieGamer thread that I started.
Posted by dustin on July 29, 2006. Tagged with


Educate Your Creativity
I just watched a video of Sir Ken Robinson talk about creativity as part of TED Talks.

One of his main points in that our current education system is designed to drive out creativity and variety from students. That it doesn't properly recognize the value that each person has. I agree with this.

His second main point was that some people are just meant to be dancers. Somewhat odd, but he is British after all.

- via Guy Kawasaki. More discussion about which talks are good is here and here.
Posted by dustin on July 27, 2006. Tagged with


The right solution
The downside to food aid
Posted by vinny9 on May 19, 2006. Tagged with


Top Universities in the World
Here's a nice list of the top world universities based on academic and research performance. It's pretty remarkable how well the US does. They have a clear lock on the top. Canada does decently, with 4 of the top 100. It was compiled by a chinese university.

Via the Edinburgher (xoxo).
Posted by dustin on September 26, 2004. Tagged with
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MIT Open Course Ware saves Nigeria!
Today Mariana told me about some guy from Nigeria who emailed the Concordia Linguistics Student Association saying that they wanted to start a linguistics program but they didn't have any books or anything.

I mentioned to her that MIT had an Open Course Ware project going on, where they are putting all the materials for all of their classes online. MIT has a strong linguistics program, so I'm sure it's a valuable resource for the Nigerian dude. But MIT is strong in other things as well (computer science, engineering, AI, robotics, etc). So maybe there's something in this Open Course Ware program that's valuable for you?
Posted by dustin on April 3, 2004. Tagged with


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