Category Archives: education

Summer Students and RIM

In my everlasting journey through Founders at Work, I came across this quote about RIM: One of the things I realized was that to get strong co-op students, you had to start early because, by the second year, you’ve lost … Continue reading

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Kids These Days: Rap Music, Marijuana Cigarettes and High IQs

The Flynn Effect is the observation that IQ scores are increasing over time. They’re still trying to figure it out. Flynn himself hypothesizes (plausibly) that everyday activities require more abstraction today than in earlier eras.  Demand for intelligence creates its … Continue reading

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Philosophy of a MOOC

Excellent piece on MRU (endorsed by the profs, no less) The pedagogical principles in MRU’s course look to be grounded in the learning theory ofconnectivism developed by Downes and Siemens. Connectivistm is based on the concept that knowledge is not acquired … Continue reading

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From Delusion Comes Grandeur

When I was in University we played this team building game where we were given a block building puzzle of some sort to solve. We were timed. After putting everything together the best time in the room was announced, let’s … Continue reading

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Teach Children Grit and Set Their Ideas Free

Here is Econtalk: Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about why children succeed and fail in school and beyond school. He argues that conscientiousness–a mixture of self-control and determination–can be a more important measure of academic and … Continue reading

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Who *Gives* High Grades

Nice people. When I give A’s, students are happier and complain less, I get to feel like a nice person, and I give my own students (whom I generally have somewhat warm feelings toward) a benefit in their future lives…. … Continue reading

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Brain Drain Ain’t So Bad

Here’s a survey paper: This paper reviews four decades of economics research on the brain drain, with a focus on recent contributions and on development issues. We first assess the magnitude, intensity and determinants of the brain drain, showing that … Continue reading

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