This is your brain on music

Courtesy of an illuminating new story from NPR. Arts education, anyone?

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Is this what the future of teaching and learning will look like?

And if so, are you inspired or disturbed by it? And why?

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A School is Not a Pet. And Yet . . .

This weekend’s story in the New York Times about former NFL star Deion Sanders’ struggling charter school lays bare much of what’s wrong with the way Americans think about public education in general, and charter schools in particular.

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This is what it looks like when you design schools with the needs of young people in mind . . .

Imagine if more reforms did the same?

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This is what the future of learning looks like

Imagine if everyone had a chance to discover their unique talent and passion to the same degree that Kelvin Doe did?

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The social origins of intelligence

There’s a fascinating new study out in which researchers studied the injuries and aptitudes of Vietnam War veterans who suffered penetrating head wounds. Among their findings? That “the ability to establish social relationships and navigate the social world is not secondary to a more general cognitive capacity for intellectual function, but that it may be the other way around. Intelligence may originate from the central role of relationships in human life and therefore may be tied to social and emotional capacities.”

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Summer, once the time for reflection, now the time for radical redesign

Tanesha Dixon vividly remembers the first summer she spent as a teacher – as part of a service program in Uganda, just before her senior year at Notre Dame.

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Positively Deviant School Reform?

If you had six months, little to no resources, and a clear mandate to solve a chronic country-wide problem – knowing that, if you failed, you would be asked to leave that country altogether – what would you do?

I ask because this was precisely the challenge Save the Children was faced with, in Vietnam, in the early 1990s. And the way they succeeded has great relevance for those of us who continue to struggle with other intractable problems (like, say, comprehensive school reform).

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This is what motivation looks like

(and what gender roles look like when they’re reinforced — and subverted)

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This is the essence of teaching

(albeit in a different narrative package . . .)

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