Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Stinky buts

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

We had parent-teacher conferences today. This is almost always a discouraging time. Jane's teacher showed us a "persuasive essay" she wrote for her social studies class. The students were to take a stand of whether the US government should spy on people to prevent terrorism. Jane's first sentence went something like ...

New Lego Mindstorms

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

LEGO has announced a new Mindstorms kit: the LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT Robotics Toolset. 32-bit processor. program downloading via Bluetooth, new ultrasoniic, sound, light and touch sensors, a developer's program, Announced availability is Fall 2006, and should cost $US250.

Nose to the Grindstone

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Just for Daniel: Inside Higher Ed :: Nose to the Grindstone. (Academics work harder that those in industry and much harderthan those in the government).

Racism and the Kalamazoo Promise

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

[Belated Blog against racism day essay] Many, if not most, institutional systems in the United States were explicitly, and without apology, created with racist intentions. Our constitution declared 'Persons held to Service or Labour' (that is, black slaves) to be worth only three-fifths of a regular citizen with respect to representation. ...

Woohoo! Kalamazoo Public Schools to offer free college tuition

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Kalamazoo offers free tuition: ALAMAZOO, Mich., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Kalamazoo, Mich., has announced plans to pay tuition for any city public school graduate who attends a Michigan college. The deal begins with the class of 2006, the Kalamazoo Gazette said. The Kalamazoo Promise announced Thursday by Superintendent Janice Brown would ...

Answers to Questions on Unstructured Data

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Answers to Questions on Unstructured Data asked by my friend Daniel Lemire for a course he's teaching on IR and unstructured data. (I should have referenced Tim Converse's 'Are you still working on that?' essay, but it was unavailable today...) Update:Tim says (writing from Seoul) that his weblog is available again, ...

Animated Atlas: Growth of a Nation

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Pretty cool: Animated Atlas: Growth of a Nation (via kottke)>

Adults can be retrained to learn second languages more easily, says UCL scientist

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Adults can be retrained to learn second languages more easily, says UCL scientist (via This looks encouraging; still, it's a small study--the study showed that a study of 63 Japanese ESL students were able to increase their perception of the r/l distinction in English by 18% after 10 sessions. ...

Trump University

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

So Donald Trump has started himself a university, and Roger Schank, who headed the Institute for the Learning Sciences when I was a grad student at Northwestern, is the Chief Learning Officer. Roger writes an "occasional column" called "Educational Outrage. He talks about the press reaction to some comments he made ...

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Much fun about teaching English as a foreign language, as I did in a former life; including a bitter essay that pretty much explains why I stopped teaching EFL. After the age of 40, English teachers are burnt-out, skill-less and unemployable, their working lives a wasteland, their future oblivion. ...