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Why Some People Succeed and Others Fail - by Samuel Malone

By Samuel Malone (published with permission)

Why People Succeed

Success in any endeavour does not happen by chance.  It happens through the application of sound principles and purposeful actions such as:

Teens prefer printed books over digital, Booknet Canada finds

Children prefer printed books on paper over ebook alternatives. Toronto's TheStar.com reports that a study by Booknet Canada reveals that of 800 adults and 200 teens surveyed, the majority in both categories prefer ebooks.  The breakdown among teens:

Are MOOCs profitable? Udacity seems to say "no".

Sebastian Thrun is the well known Silicon Valley genius behind the creation of "Stanley", the self-driving car that won Stanford University a $2,000,000 prize from the U.S. Department of Defense a few years ago.  That led to Google's hiring of Thrun, where he "drove" (pun intended) the creation of Google Street View, and Google's self-driving cars that today roam around the streets of the San Francisco Bay area.

Ethan Young on Common Core

Ethan Young of Knox County, Tennessee, spoke passionately and eloquently on the issue of the new controversial Common Core teaching standards. His speech was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by - guess who? Apparently it was uploaded by young Mr. Young himself, assuming his eponymously named YouTube channel is authentic.

This confident and erudite student makes a brilliant case that warrants attention. See for yourself below.

Should America Look to Australia's Pool of Available Teachers?

By now, many of you have probably read Bill Keller's op-ed piece in the New York Times published October 20, titled An Industry of Mediocrity, a title taken from a quote by the National Council on Teacher Quality.  The article ends with the line:

It's about time the leaders of our education schools ... feel threatened.

Are Teachers in Training already "Highly Qualified"?

DisabilityScoop.com is reporting that a curious entry was included in the legislation that recently re-opened the U.S. federal government in mid October of this year.  The new provision, which has nothing to do with the re-opening of the government, stipulates that teachers can be described as "highly qualified" even if they are still in training.

Huh? 

Ted Mitchell to Under Secretary of Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting that the White House will replace outgoing Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter with Ted Mitchell, currently the head of the NewSchools Venture Fund.  Education Secretary Arne Duncan's chief of staff (until recently) was Joanne Weiss, also from NewSchools - she served as its Chief Operating Officer.  Mitchell is NewSchools' President and CEO.  He's also been on the board of Khan Academy, and is the former president of Occidental College in Los Angeles.  He earned bachelor master degrees at Stanford University, where he

Low-Cost Master's Degree Online from Georgia Tech: A Game Changer?

The New York Times reported this past weekend that for the first time, a major university is offering a full master's degree in computer science via massive open online courses (MOOCs) at a relatively low cost.  Up to now, some major educational institutions have offered comprehensive MOOC-based courses, but while hundreds of thousands of enrollees have taken these courses, no credit was extended to the graduates.  The Georgia Institute of Technology is about to change that, by offering online via a MOOC a bona fide master's degree for a significantly lower price. 

Is Coursera the future of online universities?

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with the great work going on at Khan Academy.  But there's another outstanding site featuring free access to college courses, it's called Coursera.  It's definitely worth checking out.  Coursera is an excellent gateway through which teachers and students can connect.  If you're a teacher and wish to offer a class, you can do it easily via the Coursera interface, through which you can also connect with interested students.

European Report on Teaching: Need Strategy, Framework for Teacher Certification

The High-Level Group on the Modernisation (they're European) of Higher Education held a press conference on June 18, 2013, to announce a new report on the state of teacher training in Europe. The report calls for the establishment of certification training and teacher academies to address the current lack of such resources.

The group observed:

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