Wednesday, December 18, 2013


the problem with brain-based education:

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Last week I interviewed a self-proclaimed expert on the application of brain research to the classroom. 

why are we not being clever enough to look outside of the classroom..

For example, brain science tells us that people learn better when they are well rested, had a good breakfast, get regular exercise, and feel safe and happy.

perhaps should read: for example, brain science tells us that people learn better (in a classroom via compulsory curriculum) when they are well rested, had a good breakfast...  

no? have we truly experimented in a non-coercive realm.. 
if not.. then we really are testing duckworth's idea of grit.. and not the grit that comes from the freedom to follow your whimsy.

I don’t see a big problem with introducing a little bit of brain science into the classroom, however simplified, in the hope that it will improve students’ eagerness to learn. 

oh my.

But it would certainly be ironic if the neuroeducation approach, on a policy level, diminished our compassion and empathy for students’ full and varied experience.

this has been happening for years.. no? the irony has become so habitual.. we don't even realize we're not experimenting in a natural/scientifically sound environment... we've become the irony...

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The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder The business of ADHD. #scary #edchat

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John Hagel (@jhagel)
12/16/13 7:24 AM
it's harder, not easier, to teach smart people how to learn - lessons from Chris Argyris as reported by@RogerLMartin

second, Chris taught me that while intelligence matters, it is not an unalloyed good. His research with high-performing professionals showed that really smart people tend to be brittle and have a harder time with anything less than unambiguous success
From Chris, I learnt the importance of paying extra attention to helping smart people to learn, and that capacity for learning is an important selection criterion.
Third, Chris taught me the difference between single and double-loop learning. Single-loop learning focuses exclusively on actions and outcomes. When we find an outcome we do not like, we tend to revisit and redesign our actions to achieve a better outcome. For instance, when we figure out that stock options do not create the incentives we wish they did, we try deferred stock units instead.
Double-loop learning does not simply go back to action; it goes further to the theories and thinking that informed that action. It challenges and redesigns the thinking. Double-loop learning means reconsidering whether stock-based compensation is an intelligent idea in the first place. (It is not.) In single-loop mode, we iterate and spin on action, honing and refining without addressing the big questions that can dramatically alter outcomes.
Chris taught me to switch the question from “how can we make stock-based compensation produce the results that we want?” to “what system of compensation and incentives would produce the behaviour we want?”

or even more iterations out..

what if we don't even think compensation and incentive..
simply.. what sustains health happiness et al to 7 billion people. and their communities..

simple yet perhaps very profound shift from...
how to we get ourselves to eudaimonia... every day.. no stated compensation/ incentive.. unless maybe it's..
today I am alive.
this is not ridiculous..

crazy..or.. as you might think... I first got that second one.. not ridiculous ness... from roger..

Peter Shallard (@PeterShallard)
12/16/13 7:25 AM
How to rejuvenate motivation when you're tapped dry…

don't blindly sign up for the fake/temporary stuff... no...?

if it's real... it won't run dry.

they start a process of delaying gratification

or they simply miss seeing it in the 24/7

But business is way harder than most people think. 

spot on.. business.
but life doesn't have to be.

imagine city as school/business/life/etal.
spaces of permission with nothing to prove/sell..

groundhog da ness.. once he figures out the looping ness of life..
the getting a fresh start... every day..

you have to listen to your own gut

Such people – who find life, regular jobs and schooling (for example) a breeze

oh my. see. we even assume that's the definition of life..
how did we get so sleepy on this... so blind...?

Such people – who find life, regular jobs and schooling (for example) a breeze – tend to underestimate just how hard they’ll have to work and how long it’ll take to arrive at that jet-ski-winning-business-success moment.
aka:when they start seeing life for what it actually is.. could be...

daily uncertainty.. the bravery to change your mind..
finding the thing you can't not do... your art... your gift to the world...

The business learning curve is steeper and longer than almost anyone imagines.

perhaps because.. by it's own literal definition (whatever that means) .. it's grounded on false ness..on pleasing others... seeking false jewels... et al...

Those who remain have another epiphany: In light of how discouraging and difficult this whole business success thing, a few productivity hacks are needed. It’s at this point that entrepreneurs realize they can’t rely on their default work habits, so they become obsessed with productivity hacking, structure and discipline.
It’s all an effort to stay productive and work harder than ever.
fitting with Denise popes findings..
and with all drugs we give youth in name of curbing their
ie: keep them strong.. while we keep them in the lines...

Your unconscious mind’s primary job is to act as a pain/pleasure radar detection system. It’s constantly scanning your future, based on the actions you carry out in the present, to see where it thinks you’re going to end up.
Once your unconscious mind realizes that your future, at the rate you’re going, is going to continue to be just as shitty or shittier than the present… it hits the emergency breaks. 
Consciously, you’re just beavering away at your business, trying to implement all your productivity hacks. Then suddenly you find you just can’t get out of bed, or maybe you catch yourself watching Netflix all day, or surfing the internet when you should be working.
This self-sabotaging behavior is the unconscious mind desperately trying to squeeze some pleasure out of the present. It realizes how shitty you’re making your life with all this discipline and work. And it loses all faith and hope that you’ll ever accomplish the “good life”.
So it starts trying to squeeze as much fun (i.e. pleasure) as it possibly can in the moment. It looks for instant emotional gratification that’ll make you feel “good” in the simplest sense, with zero concern for the future.
we don't ave a propensity toward laziness... we ve manufactured it
What I’m about to tell you is the most significant idea in all psychology, if you want to win big success as a business owner:
You need to prove to your unconscious mind that your future, business success included, will be more hedonistically pleasurable than a life of half-assing everything and fluffing about on the internet.
You need to condition yourself so that every burst of motivation you can conjure up is immediately followed by something emotionally rewarding. Something pleasurable.
oh my...
The solution is simple: Have more fun now. Stop delaying gratification. Try to make the gap between hard work and rewarding pleasure as small as possible. You have to reward yourself and your unconscious, so that it knows that motivation and hard work directly equates to pleasure and fun here and now.

or maybe... find your fittingness..
something that maters more than temporal ..jet skiis.. the it is me ness..
because then every moment is a being/becoming of that... not of greater profits/pleasing...

I suggest you start with a 30-minute loop. Work hard for 30 minutes, then go do something you really love. Go have fun. Show your unconscious mind the rewards it can get when it gives you access to the motivation juice.
gosh... such great stuff in this post.
but some... like this... scary bandaid ness..

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this goes well with my rant from brain based ed..

Bruce Nussbaum (@brucenussbaum)
12/18/13 6:45 AM
Scientists 'print' new eye cells.…

Gary Slutkin, MD (@GSlutkin)
12/18/13 6:46 AM
52 mill. forcibly displaced persons from approx 17 #violence #epidemics we're obviously ignoring or treating wrong

Gary Slutkin, MD (@GSlutkin)
12/18/13 6:49 AM
Disturbing report from @TheLancet: Danger to health workers in conflict areas" via@ChelseaClinton @CureViolence

Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens)
12/18/13 6:50 AM
Venezuelanalysis: 10 Years Reporting on the Bolivarian Revolution |

todd tauber (@toddtauber)
12/17/13 9:25 AM
.@udacity doesn't need traditional accreditation. It has commitments from big employers.

Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart)
12/18/13 7:01 AM
The squandering of human time academic publishing represents is astonishing. @KateMfD on blogs, rat farms & not-work:

But the funny thing about cancer is that it seems so extreme, that everyone is advising me to make sure that I’m not working. So I’ve had to think again about what counts as work, and figure out what it is that I want to protect during this confronting, confusing time.

But I have some serious reservations about hitching public online conversations to the pseudo-productivity of formal academic publication. It’s not about the impact of social media on the academy, but the reverse. Academic publishing is collapsing as a meaningful forum for the circulation of ideas precisely because its true function is now to maintain the scarcity of repute, in an economy that trades individual reputation for institution reputation, all of which washes back to the journals themselves. Journals pride themselves on equating difficulty with quality: how hard it is for anything to be published, and how long it takes. They do this because they need to maintain their own business models and market value; these are very hard times for them too. So for prestige to attach to publication, a huge volume of written work that has already gone through many drafts and redrafts has to be rejected.

The squandering of human time that closed, peer-reviewed academic publishing represents is truly astonishing. It’s a similar in scale, nature and damage to the other competitive systems on which higher education stakes its claim to excellence: hiring, tenure, grant-getting, ranking schemes. For all of these to be meaningful in the current scheme, they require massive failure rates. This required failure ratio then expresses itself as a kind of personal shame that works as an inducement to further overwork, which is exactly how the human cost is becoming so significant.

And the idea of publication as a means of making funded research genuinely useful has been substituted by the work of counting and factoring up research outputs. The classic story told about perverse incentives is ratfarming under colonial rule in Hanoi: in an economy where peasants are paid per rat kill, the sensible response is to farm rats to kill and turn in for reward. In other words, the rational decision that the system triggers is the exact opposite of the system’s goal. The hyphenation of citation to rankings means that higher education is very close to perfecting in its workers its own ratfarming calculation, and we all know it.

i see a squandering of so much today. people.. i highly respect.. are they setting themselves free .. then getting caught right back up in the ratfarming?
so this too.. extended rant.

my heart thanks you both Bon and Kate.. perfect timing

Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart)
12/18/13 7:02 AM
(is it usual that one's research participants just WRITE the dissertation FOR you? counting blessings & sending 'em back at @KateMfD today)

as it should be.. no?
isn't this a playing out of shirky's cognitive surplus..
perhaps minus the dissertation even.
: )
what would the world be like ie: with more Bonnie.. less dissertation.. more David Wiley.. less ipr..

Nigel Cameron (@nigelcameron)
12/18/13 7:02 AM
"Life is all about you vs you." - me. RT @CoryBooker: "Discipline is remembering what you want." - David Campbell

Scholastic Teachers (@ScholasticTeach)
12/18/13 7:02 AM
This penguin trifold bookmark is a snap to make and guaranteed to keep kids #reading#writing,

really....? a bookmark...?
a bookmark with a check off liste?

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)
12/18/13 7:03 AM
Dear UK media: is Tory MP @JulianSmithMP blatantly lying about today's EU Parliament testimony? Decide for yourself…

Michael Lewkowitz (@Igniter)
12/18/13 7:04 AM
Excellent analysis in this instalment of myth busting convention -> Wal-Mart: An economic cancer on our cities -

Michael Josefowicz (@toughLoveforx)
12/18/13 7:24 AM
Arrest, strip-search of Indian diplomat in New York triggers uproar -

JackieGerstein Ed.D.@jackiegerstein
IBM’s predictions for next five years: everything will learn |… via@KurzweilAINews

Buying local will beat online: Savvy retailers will use the immediacy of the physical store to create experiences that cannot be replicated by online-only retail. Watson-like technologies and augmented reality will allow physical stores to turn the tables and magnify the digital experience by bringing the web right to where the shopper can physically touch it.

ha.. this sounds more like ed of future..
the app (acting as classroom) will crowdsource to create the city (acting as store) where people wander/wonder/follow their whimsy/curiosity, meeting up with their tribe.. community gatherings et al..

less need for health cures and for security protection... if city is school... 

described even more in the last one - in the city..

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