- Everyone speaks English. So you can just speak English, right?
- What do Halloween, population growth, and other global issues have in common?
- The sun had still risen…
- Preparing students for the digital AND GLOBAL world
- Educational Success: Expectations are Key
- Where are you from? Third culture kids
- Race to Nowhere: Can we change the cultural definition of success?
- From the Icelandic Volcano to a World School
- Please, say “thank you.”
- How to give to disaster relief in Japan
- The U.S. must come out of its monocultural cocoon
- It’s Groundhog Day: recognizing cultural differences
- Fortune cookies: the relevance of education
- Hey, why did “they” do THAT to education?
- Want to join the 21st-century coffeehouse for optimizing education?
Tag Archives: education
Halloween, and a snow day already—yes, two months before winter officially starts. About 2,000,000 east-coast customers have no electricity; countless trees broke because they hadn’t lost their leaves yet. It’s Monday, and trick-or-treating has been moved to Saturday in many … Continue reading
…Wednesday when I left for school. But Thursday it rose during my commute: opposite a nearly full moon, a magnificent orange orb emerged from the fabulous purplish fog, which later burned off and morphed into a muggy, 80°F (26°C) day. … Continue reading
Leadership Day is organized by Scott McLeod: Dangerously Irrelevant (blog on Big Think). Summary of this post: Digital, linguistic, and cross-cultural skills are required for jobs in the global economy; what jobs are actually like in global business, and suggestions for schools. … Continue reading
My experience studying abroad When I studied at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1981-82, I realized that the French system of education (and likely that of other countries) expected a lot more of students compared to the American system. Here’s what … Continue reading
It used to be easier to tell where someone was from. People immigrated and stayed in the new place, or traveled for brief periods and then went home. But more and more often, people live for extended periods in other places, … Continue reading
The parent organization in my town showed this film to parents; school administrators attended and answered questions. Thankfully, in my town, people can have such conversations and remain civil. The film focused on students who were highly stressed because of … Continue reading
A year ago, we received daily reports about the effects of the horrible earthquake… not the ones in Christchurch or Sendai, but in Port-au-Prince. And then there was the eruption of the volcano in Iceland, which disrupted aviation for a … Continue reading
A teacher named Dave organized a summer exchange program. My mother saw the ad in the paper, and we hosted a 17-year-old French girl for a month during the summer when I was 15. The next year, the exchange program … Continue reading
There’s an old joke, commonly known among linguists: What do you call someone who speaks 2 languages?—Bilingual. 3 languages?—Trilingual. Only 1 language?—American. School taught me a lot about western civilization and local history, but not much about the rest of … Continue reading
Today is Groundhog Day. Have you seen the movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell? The French title is “Un jour sans fin” — ” A Never-ending Day.” Here in New England, we seem to be living through The … Continue reading
Today, my husband and I ate at a Chinese restaurant. Here are our fortunes. “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” Paulo Freire would certainly agree with that. He was a Brazilian educator who taught impoverished peasants … Continue reading
I’m a parent, a teacher, and business person. I’m not blaming anyone for the problems of education, but with budget cuts, state-mandated testing, technology, and globalization, education will soon change dramatically. If you care about that, let’s discuss how we … Continue reading
“Chance favors the connected mind.” —Steven Johnson This blog is about the upcoming convergence of technology and globalization with education. The blog’s purposes are: To inform, provide resources, answer questions. To let people from different constituencies (teachers, students, parents, educational technology … Continue reading
Everyone knows that whatever is published on the Internet is available to virtually everyone, everywhere, all the time. And we communicate in many ways: via phone, text, webcam, social networks, instant messaging, etc. We do that already, and it’s easy. … Continue reading
Governments in many countries are trying to reform education. They are requiring schools to make lots of changes, prepare students for exams, and be accountable. Though teachers grow tired of the requirements that seem to change every year (the méthode … Continue reading
This blog is for teachers, parents, students (at least 13 years old), usability specialists, and everyone who’s interested in improving the learning process. We’re living in an interesting time: education must integrate technology and become global. (I’ll explain why I … Continue reading