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Learnable Intelligence and Taking Refined Pedagogical Practices Seriously

I recently wrote Charles Manski regarding his article “Genes, Eyeglasses, and Social Policy,” in which he argues that regardless of the heritability of IQ, that fact is irrelevant to social policy, much as the heritability of genetic defects in vision … Continue reading

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Excessive Medication, Mental Health, Evolutionary Psychology, and The Creation of New Cultures

John Horgan, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, on “Are Psychiatric Medicines Making Us Sicker?” “As recently as the 1950s, Whitaker contends, the four major mental disorders—depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia—often manifested as episodic and “self limiting”; that is, … Continue reading

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Why do we see honorable characters in fantasy novels but not in reality television?

In reading about the concept of honor in Japanese society at Bronze Doors last week I noticed, as is typically the case, that the students are fascinated.  Adolescents, I find, crave a sense of honor.  I asked them if characters … Continue reading

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Education and Happiness, Tango and T’ai Chi

I just saw a Facebook photo of a former student of mine who has become deeply involved in Tango dancing, traveling around the country to compete in contests, traveling to Argentina to learn from experts, clearly happy and delighted in … Continue reading

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Why in a Sane World, Educators = Entrepreneurs of Happiness and Well-Being

In this TEDx talk, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, originator of the flow concept, summarizes the results of more than a decade of research on “positive psychology.”  The conclusion is that there are three primary sources of happiness, reliable predictors of a sense … Continue reading

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An Inspiration for “The Purpose of Education Is Happiness and Well-Being for All”

For me, the waterfall image, the paradise pool, at the top of the blog (by Terje Sørgjerd) is a natural image for education.  But the other day I realized that most education blogs have images such as chalkboards, arithmetic, school books, … Continue reading

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Artistry and Entrepreneurship in Education

Imagine an artist whose work was completely governed by a set of rules created by a committee, which met periodically to change those rules.  Sometimes the artist would be allowed to paint with oils, other times she would be required … Continue reading

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