Value Creation as Pedagogy

This is an introduction to the concept of value creation in education by Martin Lackéus. There is another way to go in education and...

Have courageous conversations

This post is inspired by a post on edutopia.org by Maurice J. Elias. It Takes Courage to Make Schools BetterMaurice J. Elias Prof. of Psychology,...

Why math? Why anything?

I still am trying to fathom why so many hours in school are devoted to mathematics. And it looks like the more math in...

Love those podcasts

I am a newcomer to podcasts. I am embarrassed that it took me fifteen years to discover them. I am an impatient learner. Reading...

Variable 7 of 7: Value

I don't know how many years my parents kept using the napkin holder I make in shop class when I was about ten years...

Variable 6 of 7: Purpose

“Ours is not to reason why. Ours is but to do and die." -  Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charge of the Light Brigade during the...

Variable 4 of 7: Method

In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, there is that great song, "Tradition".  Few things are more bound by tradition than schooling and our...

An example of employing key variables in a different way

Here at the Learning Society Blog I am posting a list of seven key variables that need to seriously be looked at if we...

Variable 5 of 7: People

If you were to make a list of the people you have learned from in the past two weeks, I think that list could...

Variable 3 of 7: Content

Funny or tragic. You judge. But get the picture in your head of a group of sixty-year-old men and women in a conference room...

Variable 2 of 7: Time

The idea of dividing knowledge and lessons into forty, eighty, twenty or sixty-minute time frames is very old. And a little bit weary. It...

Variable 1 of 7: Location

Once upon a time, the mantra of any retail businessperson was “location, location, location”. This is still true for physical stores even if sales...

Trust or control? Governments try to strictly control what children are supposed to learn and teachers are supposed to teach. Yes, there is a...

The magic of learning 3: Methodology

The third magical ingredient in the learning process is knowing how to learn. It’s about finding a method and process and following that path....

The future of learning

Well put. Graham Brown-Martin gives a good summary of some of the problems and challenges of the current educational system. The purpose of school...

The magic of learning 2: Physiology

If the first ingredient in the learning process is mental, then the second ingredient is physiological. It’s about focus, concentration and effort. It’s also...

21st century skills in a global and economic perspective

The skills needed in the 21st century - New Vision for Education Good overview of life-long skills plus a healthy look at some of the economic...

The magic of learning 1: Belief

There are three key concepts in the learning process. The first has to do with your belief system. It’s the mental or psychological aspect...

Deliberate practice

The old saying "Practice makes perfect" we know is not true. Instead, one should say, "Perfect practice makes perfect." Another old saying is that...

Life-long learning opportunities

Here's a link to an article that summarizes the many life-long learning opportunities out there. 21 places to learn critical skills that will change your...