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Featured Video: The Meaning of the 21st Century


THE MEANING OF THE 21ST CENTURY

A FILM BY JAMES MARTIN NARRATED BY MICHAEL DOUGLAS

Shot in all six continents. Based on the book of the same title.

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Featured Video: Preview: Schooling the World


From: lostpeoplefilms

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?

You would change the way it educates its children.

The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a “better” life for indigenous children.

But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.

“Generations from now, we’ll look back and say, ‘How could we have done this kind of thing to people?”

For more information, check out http://www.schoolingtheworld.org.

 

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Featured Video: Dan Pink’s Drive(RSA Animate)


This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
www.theRSA.org

 

Featured Videos: Waiting for Superman


Here are some videos on the documentary “Waiting for Superman” which sparked plenty of interest and debate over the US education system. The film received mixed reviews. I have not watched it though. ‘Just popping the question: If this is the true state of education in the US, what is ours?

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Featured Video: The Year in Google Searches – Zeitgeist 2010: Year in Review


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See how the World Searched with Google’s 2010 Zeitgeist: http://google.com/zeitgeist2010

Re-live top events and moments from 2010 from around the globe through search, images, and video.

Music: GoodLife by OneRepublic
Produced by Whirled Creative

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Featured Video of the Week: Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four


Hans Rosling‘s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

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Protect Windows – Free Downloads


For Windows users out there, here is a site where you can download free home edition software for your systems(2000, 2003, 2008, XP, Vista, Windows 7). Resplendence specializes in advanced tools for Microsoft Windows to manage the registry, enable file protection, malware detection, recovery from crashes and system monitoring. Professional editions can also be downloaded for a fee. Get them here.

Time to protect our Macs


Mac users generally do not worry about viruses and malware. But since more and more are becoming Mac converts, the possibility of worms being designed to affect Macs is also increasing. Just a week ago, the trojan Boonana or Koobface surfaced and infected some machines. It takes control of social network accounts and attempts to spread itself by sending spam messages using your username. The trojan has been known to spread through Facebook, Twitter MySpace and email. Windows users are also not spared.

Sophos Anti-Virus, a known enterprise-level software brand, is giving away their Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition for free. Maybe this is a way for them to break into the individual/user-level market. Download the free Sophos here.

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Reinventing Physical Education


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A TEDxPennQuarter video.

Is this our direction too?

TEDxTalks | July 28, 2010

Passion or Vocation?


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Right, I titled this post with a question. Because this will all be about questions. And, starting to write this, I do not have answers in mind. Just more questions.

In Education, everybody is a stakeholder. The learner, his parents, his teachers, his school, his society. Because of this, it should be in everyone’s priority list. But is it? We hear of the bright boys at the DepEd planning additional years for traditional schooling. Is that the right path to take? Should additional years mean additional learning? Is there a one-to-one correspondence? Maybe so. But is it really necessary? And what do they propose? Isagani Cruz said, a year of English. DepEd says, to make high school graduates ’employable’.

But there are many stakeholders of education who vigorously oppose this. They say, fix the current system first. Which side do we take? What do you think?

Will we able to really overhaul and improve quality that the additional two years need not address? Or are the supplementary two years really just that? A desperate supplement of quantity since we know not how to raise quality? Is this the main thesis of this post? No it isn’t. I’m just asking questions. And I know there are no perfect answers.

Given the ten or twelve-year scheme, the questions are still there. What do we teach? How do we teach it? There are a lot of ways out there. We choose what we think suits our students best. But do we customize our curriculum to suit individual needs? Sounds good. But when do we standardize? Isn’t that a relevant need too? To homogenize the curriculum so that students are at par with a common measure as society still places much emphasis on standards and measures?

Do we develop, in our young, the skills to be ’employable’? Are we doing progressive ways of teaching and learning to provide them with the skills they need for their economic future? We do not even know what those skills are, do we? Or do we focus on nurturing their passions? But how close are we to realize that? Yes, we know of several people who have pursued their passions. How many can we name? Can we count ourselves in to that list? Is it the school system that made them passionate or did they need do that outside school?

Is education that foster students’ passion reserved only for the privileged and those who belong to privileged societies? Even first-world, western societies are not spared by this. Are we ready to advocate customized learning in a system that craves standardization? This isn’t just a catch 22 or chicken-or-the-egg thing, is it? These are my questions. Are they yours too?

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There are no perfect answers. We know that. We can only do our best. And it’s tough to balance or do both sides of the coin. Vocation or passion? Customized or standardized? And we have to continuously seek what is best all the time.

  1. Provide students with broad experiences.
  2. Develop in them a variety of skills.
  3. Make them understand and appreciate diverse perspectives.
  4. Uncover their hidden talents and interests.
  5. Make them life-long learners.

These are fairly well accepted purpose of school. Maybe this is how we see our current prototype and we justify it assuming we are accomplishing our goal. But we have to look that way. We have to look at a direction. We have to keep asking questions. Curriculum could not be set in stone. It is as dynamic as everyday life is. There is no central thesis for this post. I am just asking questions.

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