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Learning From Footwear 

Recently brought to my attention, this preview of the feature, The Shoe, by Saraiva's Cheeky, goes right to the heart of the matter. Long Weekend With AndrĂ© on Nowness.com. On the one hand, shoes seem to slip by our attention, too close to the ground, beneath our consideration. On the other hand, we would be …

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Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com 

Headline reads: "To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test" Ah, you've got to love educational research. The only thing better is educational research as presented by the media. Forget the data, you really get to see how we imagine. Aside from the dramatic elements, and funky metaphors like "cement," we see how easy …

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Information as Design 

I woke up this morning thinking of the cafĂ© in Gottesman Library at Teachers College. Don't ask me, I can't control these things. It struck me that its use is despite itself. Never mind that the most obvious door, flowing into the life of the college is locked, no doubt because the cafe bridges the …

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Banning the D 

The New York Times is going to have to start a whole new section just for coverage of stories on all things Grade related. Perhaps if we consolidated them we could reach a critical mass of absurdity. Previously, you will recall, we had the Law School Shuffle. Now it's the High School Two Step:

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 

You would think the working appeal of the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader must lie along the same lines as the humor of its host, Jeff Foxworthy. Namely: the self-deprecating, red-neck, "we're sooo stupid... How stupid are you?..." brand of humor. One could point to the apparent brainlessness of any number …

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“The Shakespeare Wars” and a Pound of Flesh 

I have to be careful here, since the name "Shakespeare" is, for whatever reasons, a loaded name in education. In the great culture wars surrounding media and literacy, "Shakespeare" seems to have become a kind of shorthand for all that may be lost of high culture. Let us not get into the irony here. What …

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