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Learning to learn

There was very interesting piece on NPR this morning. It is well worth a read/listen. Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : NPR. The story basically outlines how, in Eastern cultures, children are allowed to work hard through their studies and are praised for their hard work, rather than being “smart.” In Eastern cultures, Stigler says, it’s just assumed that struggle is a predictable part of the learning process. Everyone is […]

Learning to read: How late is too late?

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of Penn Staters from HP, one of whom has become a friend over the last few years. His son has just entered Kindergarten and he is already reading. This is becoming more and more common, that children should be reading earlier and earlier, and we have all seen the videos where kids are reading from the age of 6 months with a special system […]

The more things change…or how should we educate?

I am not going to tell you author or date. Without using Google can you tell me who said this and when? And does it not sound like a fairly contemporary argument? When we think about the remarkably early age at which the young men went up to university in, let us say, Tudor times, and thereafter were held fit to assume responsibility for the conduct of their own affairs, are we altogether comfortable about […]

Sucess through failure

I was directed to this video by Dave Kellett who is the creator of Sheldon (great strip!). The video lists many great individuals who either faced adversity and/or were told that they would never amount to anything, often specifically in the fields in which they ultimately became great. Today is our medal ceremony, the day before graduation when we present medals to our honors scholars who are graduating. This week I have had to deal […]

College Presidents Attack Proposed Faculty Boycott of IsraeliAcademics

I know many in the biblioblogging world have been following this story. Today and ad came out in the NY Times with the signatures of over 300 presidents, including the presidents of my past and current institutions. The statement is on the American Jewish Committee’s website and reads, in part, August 8, 2007 – New York – College and university presidents across the United States are signing on to a statement by Columbia University President […]

Plan Your Biblical Studies Carnival Reading Now!

Tyler has posted the list for the next nine months worth of BSC. Be sure to send your nominations to Claude Mariottini for August and note that I am hosting January! Biblical Studies Carnival Update and Reminder I wanted to thank everyone who volunteered to host a future Biblical Studies Carnival. I now have hosts scheduled into the new year. Here is a list of upcoming hosts: Biblical Studies Carnival XX (Claude Mariottini, Dr. Claude […]

Honors Around the Big Ten

We had a great all-day meeting with our colleagues from the CIC. Many are doing very exciting things and we picked up a lot of great ideas. Each program is actually quite different, but we all face similar issues and have similar concerns and I learned much yesterday. It was also encouraging to hear that in many ways we have been and are leading the way. For example, it is only in the last few […]