Martin Parker, who has been teaching at business schools for more than two decades, argues that business schools should be abolished and be replaced with totally new institutions. His main critique of business schools is summarized in the following quote: Continue reading Business school abolition?
One of the most important things to considering when we are going to establish orbital space settlements is how to organize education in a new society. As stated earlier on this site we believe that education has two functions:
- Civic – prepare young people for active citizenship in a democratic society
- Economic – developing relevant and useful skills to earn one’s living
We believe in an evidence-based approach when it comes to education reform. Therefore here some studies that might help future space settlements to design their educational policies.
All school teachers have to deal with unruly students from time to time. It is generally accepted that unwanted behavior should incur some kind of sanctions but opinions differ on what type of punishment is really effective. Earlier we proposed that schools should reward good behaviour. Continue reading School discipline
ScienceDaily reports an interesting study: Preschool teachers ask children too many simple questions. The bottom line is that most questions teachers at kindergarten ask to their pupils are way too simple (i.e. eighty-five percent of the children were able to answer them). Continue reading Simple questions
In this post we want to discuss to studies reported by ScienceDaily on the relation between one’s home environment and performance an behavior at school. Continue reading Home environment and education
Here a video by CBS about a Californian elementary school that does not allow sitting.
According to an article on ScienceDaily before-school activity programs have significant benefits for the physical fitness and social well-being of students. Unfortunately the article does not tell us what such program should like or whether different types of exercise could be used. Continue reading Rope skipping
Earlier we proposed that solving puzzles should be a school subject. A study by researchers at the University of Exeter shows that solving puzzles like crosswords on a daily base, strongly improves one’s cognitive abilities at old age. More precise: regular puzzle solving is linked to better memory and thinking skills.
This study supports our proposed policy of including puzzle solving in the curriculum of schools, as it suggests that this will improve overall intellectual skills and hence will likely have a positive effect on academic performances.
Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life (Science Daily)