Your Stories on Education

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This week the show is taking a close look at education in America, with interviews with education experts from around the country. Takeaway listeners have had a lot to say about this topic. Parents, teachers, and education advocates alike have been chiming in on the website, on Facebook, Twitter, and by text message, email, and voicemail. Host John Hockenberry takes us through some of the best responses yet.

Hosted by:

John Hockenberry

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

Just listened to this the other day:

How To Make Your Brain Smarter

Got me to thinking about what works for me.

I agreed with one comment in this segment on the value of teaching.
Teaching forces me to think through my process, to demonstrate that it works in the process reinforcing the process, especially if the teaching is repetitive and ongoing.

What else works for me is practical application, mimicry. If someone shows me how to do something and adequately explains it, walks me through the process, correcting my mistakes as I go along, that works for me.

I also learn through sheer tenacity, a stubborn desire to work my way through a problem.

It is perhaps no accident that these traits perhaps both led me to and have been enhanced by my chosen profession / hobby - computing / tech support.

Adding to material covered in this story, being 50+, I find that learning involves a process of elimination as well. Not spending a whole lot of time on wild goose chases of unproductive / unrelated solutions.

As I find I have limited time, effort, attention span the older I get, it simply doesn't make good sense to invest resources in unproductive avenues of research. I'm at the point where, if I'm picking something up, I now ask myself, "what else can I do while I'm down here..."

Seems though that that's a process that might be worthwhile as a general rule not just as a consequence of getting older. How, in your learning process can you identify what works best for you and apply that to optimum advantage rather than applying recommended, tried and true methods which perhaps just don't work for you?

I'm a big fan of figuring out what works for you and doing that.

Mine, his or her methods may not be what works best for you. I think we do a disservice to the young, by not taking that into consideration.

How much smarter might I be, how much more might I have learned, or have been open to learning if those who would be my teachers might've been as (free to be) as open to that as well?

Jan. 03 2013 01:24 PM
unkerjay from Puget Sound, WA

Education, it seems to me, is a creative, problem-solving endeavor in which neither failure or success are mutually exclusive outcomes defined by predetermined, uniform, cookie cutter factors.

Seems to me the most successful I've EVER been is with the understanding that failure is a possibility. And at that point, what I learn from it and do with it above the legal age of adulthood and what those responsible for education and well-being do with it until the legal age of adulthood and
at the moments of greatest benefit / influence.

In short, I remember those who didn't write me off and applied all possible means, more than those who for a variety of reasons, did.

And my greatest achievements have been and continue to be in applying every
available, accessible tool in my arsenal as a means to an end and in a diligent search for new tools when the tried and true fall short. Sounds trite, and the moral and ethical concerns (in the context of good judgment) add a necessary layer of complexity. In that regard, life is a puzzle, and
the best of life, the best of us is in puzzle solving, as well as taking time to just admire the view, and smell the roses.

Sep. 27 2012 06:23 AM

I think Michelle Rhee missed a great opportunity when she responded to a listener's question about parent responsibility. Ms. Rhee said that she didn't feel parents should have to run bake sales or cut out letters for bulletin boards.

I'm amazed at Ms. Rhee's interpretation of parent responsibility.

As a public school educator and parent, I witnessed the power of parents who assumed their true responsibilities; getting their child to school daily and on time, showing interest and support of the learning that occurred in the classroom, providing their children with the necessary nutrition and sleep, and and communicating regularly and positively with the school.

Sep. 26 2012 08:17 PM

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