Using NCAA tournament-style bracketing to determine the best historical ruler for high school students.
Glenn's review of a Google Maps game where the point is to identify which city you've been dropped into. Lots of fun!
"In the 100 years since we really got serious about education as a universally good idea, we’ve managed to take the 15 years of children’s lives that should be the most carefree, inquisitive, and memorable and fill them with a motley collection of stress and a neurotic fear of failure."
"I refuse to “reward” effort, because I refuse to be complicit in creating people who think that shopping is a hobby.
I want students who artfully prune their studying, work ethic, and experiences such that they become efficient at consuming and combining new knowledge."
"About a century ago, an adventurous Scandinavian discovered the first black thorium rock on a remote island in the Norwegian Sea. Now thorium is slowly heating up debates about the future of nuclear power, energy independence, and global warming."
"In part by forbidding almost all forms of firearm ownership, Japan has as few as two gun-related homicides a year."
Answers to the comments of pro-gun-culturists.
"The gun is our Moloch. We sacrifice children to him daily—sometimes, as at Sandy Hook, by directly throwing them into the fire-hose of bullets from our protected private killing machines, sometimes by blighting our children’s lives by the death of a parent, a schoolmate, a teacher, a protector."
"What if we removed the passive course-to-course drudgery of the school day? What if there was no schedule? What if students were left with a list of coyly worded benchmarks targeted at creating quality humans, and we just waited to see what they could do? What if teachers were seen as mentors for projects designed to help students meet those benchmarks? What if the students initiated these projects and the teachers spent their time recording TED-style talks that would serve as inspiration and help students generate benchmark-related ideas?"
"Group of Men Have Played Game of Tag for 23 Years; Hiding in Bushes, Cars."
Crazy way of staying in touch... literally.