Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Everything We Know About Study Skills Sucks

The New York Times has published a review of study skills and learning styles:  Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits. Sept. 6, 2010.  In summary
  • No research exists to support the old advice about studying
    • Use the same quiet place
    • Study according to a routine schedule
    • Set goals and boundries
  • Recent studies call for more actual research about learning styles theory
  • NPR Talk of the Nation has an article about Master Teachers that can be heard here  
  • More ideas about the craft of teaching Uncommon Schools Networks
  • Master teacher demonstrates classroom control http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124532654

We won't grow up: Why 20 somethings delay adulthood

According to the "New York Times Magazine", 20 somethings are delaying adulthood: avoiding the checklist items of adulthood like the plague.  Fewer than 1/2 of women and 1/3 of men have passed the 5 classic milestones of adulthood by age 30. 
  • Mortgage? Not possible if we want to move every year
  • Financial independence? Waiting for a job that's both meaningful and relevant.
  • Finish school?  Would I have to matriculate?
  • Marriage?  Forgetaboutit.  Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free.
  • Children?  Wait, I'm the child here.
The real story is more complex.  Read  "What is it About 20-Somethings ....Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up" by Robin Marantz Henig. New York Times Magazine. Aug. 18, 2010
Details here