The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Educator’s Notebook #242 (July 1, 2018)

    • Harvard Education Review
    • 06/19/18

    “In this essay, ethicists… argue that the US public schools' sponsorship of tackle football is ethically indefensible and inconsistent with their educational aims. Their argument relies on three ethical principles and a growing body of evidence that many students who play football suffer traumatic brain injury and cognitive impairment that undermine their academic success and life prospects, whether or not they suffer concussions. The authors also address educational claims made on behalf of football, the legal principles governing custodial responsibilities of schools and parents, factors that limit the moral and legal significance of children's consent to participate in football programs, and evidence that sponsorship of football programs subjects educational institutions to unsustainable financial risk.”

    • AFT
    • 06/11/18

    “Research has confirmed the basic summary I offered in 2005; using learning-styles theories in the classroom does not bring an advantage to students. But there is one new twist. Researchers have long known that people claim to have learning preferences… THere’s increasing evidence that people act on those beliefs; if given a chance, the visualizer will think in pictures rather than words. But doing so confers no cognitive advantage.”

ASSESSMENT

ATHENA

ATHLETICS

CHARACTER

CREATIVITY

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

HIGHER ED

HUMANITIES

LEADERSHIP

LEARNING SCIENCE

PD

PEDAGOGY

STEM

TECH

VISUAL DESIGN

WORKPLACE

Z-OTHER

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Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

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Peter Nilsson

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