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Thank you for contributing to the growth of wisdom by challenging the myth of the self-made-man, and for helping people see the reality that self-reliance is really a team effort. And thank you, in general, for helping society move past black-or-white thinking into a more broad spectrum of thoughts! Oh, and finally, thanks for doing the reading yourself for your audio books. I've become just slightly addicted to hearing you tell your fascinating and challenging stories...
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2008 on Outliers! at
It's not that it's unimportant to know facts and details, it's that facts and details will naturally be learned while kids are being taught to think for themselves and solve real-world problems that they find meaningful to their own lives. So teach the good stuff, and the students will pick up the "easily testable" knowledge along the way. And... students will be happier too, which is an important part of learning. Neuroscience has shown that the brain doesn't learn well when people are bored or stressed out. But the brain does learn well when people are positive, interested, and reasonably happy, even when problems are quite challenging.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2007 on Smarter Than a 5th Grader at The Dilbert Blog
Science is slow to change because it is mande of mole asses. Someday, we'll have it all figured out. Or not. In the meantime, try blowing your mind by watching a two part video about an interesting theory of evolution and biology from a scientist who's highly recommended by LeVar Burton: Bruce Lipton's The New Biology Part 1 - Part 2 -
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2007 on Fossils are Bullshit at The Dilbert Blog
Three things that kids should be taught above all else: 1. No one is clever enough or stupid enough to be 100% right or 100% wrong all the time, so it's up to you to figure out what to believe and what not to believe in life. 2. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a pretty good starting point for planning your life. 3. If you aren't enjoying what you're doing, try doing it in a different way that is enjoyable, or go find something else to do that you do enjoy, because you are guaranteed to do a crappy job if you are feeling crappy while doing it. Only, I'd teach these crucial life skills by using cute cartoon charaters, like maybe little round dogs and talking dinosaurs, or something...
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2007 on Smarter Than a 5th Grader at The Dilbert Blog