Posts in Education Reform
Holiday Reading List

Here is a potential list of some great reads. Yes, you will find “learning” as a thread that binds them all, but most of these books were not authored with educators as the primary audience.

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Higher (disconnect)ED

Loneliness leads to failure.  Lonely students do not persist.  Being alone makes a person far less likely to get good grades, stay in school, find a good job, and more.  And just as we know that not every measure works for every person, success can be better predicted through non-cognitive measures than academic ones for many students. 

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Down Grades

Even how grades are generated, typically at the complete discretion of the professor, is all over the map.  Some weight, some curve, some give extra credit, some inflate, some put outcomes over numeric values, some base evaluation off of a single exam, others weigh participation as heavily as course outcomes, and on and on.  In other words, grades are different to almost everyone.  Yet we all seem to buy into the representative nature of grading, ignoring the elephant in the room.

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Those College Students Don't Look Like They're Learning Anything

Here we are in 2018, at some of the most “elite” institutions in the country, with an 11-year-old pointing out an obvious, but unchanging truth.  “Those college students don’t look like they’re learning anything.”

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The Fifth Discipline - Revisited

Having taken all manner of personality indicators, I agree with their consistent findings that people who do not perform effectively, in a collaborative fashion, nor with a proper prioritization of goals, are easily waived off in my brain as “morons.”  I struggle to give second chances and I quickly look for workarounds to people and departments that appear obstructivistic regarding forward thinking initiatives, student support, or even student learning, etc. 

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