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Radical CS Curriculum Change at Ga Tech

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Wow!
The Georgia Institute of Technology is today unveiling what some experts believe is a much broader approach to the problem. The institute has abolished the core curriculum for computer science undergraduates — a series of courses in hardware and software design, electrical engineering and mathematics. These courses, in various forms, have been the backbone of […]

Fighting Sioux to Fight and Sue

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

It’s official.  The University of North Dakota will indeed sue the NCAA over the logo/mascot controversy.
I just love the NCAA’s response:
Bob Williams, an NCAA spokesman, said the university was within its rights to sue. [ed: well, thanks for that!] “However, the NCAA, through its member institutions, has the authority to conduct its championships in an […]

The Fighting Sioux Fight the NCAA

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Southern Appeal makes us aware of the latest salvo between the University of North Dakota and the NCAA regarding the latter’s stupid Native American mascot and logo policy. Here’s a taste of the letter from the UND’s President:
We understood that our membership covenant with the NCAA meant that the NCAA would be even-handed, fundamentally […]

Math teachers vs. mathematicians

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Sorry posting has been light. We’re getting ready for the move, and I’m just not up to being creative in the evenings.
I like to check in with the American Federation of Teachers’ blog (”Let’s Get It Right“) every so often, just to get a sense for what’s on the minds of folks who represent […]

The Geeked-Out Dorm Room

Monday, May 29th, 2006

MIDAS: Multifunction In-Dorm Automation System, designed by a couple of MIT students.  Complete with photos, videos, systems diagrams, and schematics.  You should really check it out!
Very cool.
(Hat tip: Instapundit)

More Cherry-Picking by Jim West

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

In a post entitled, “Heinrich Bullinger: On the Necessity of Schools,” West simply provides a quote by Bullinger:
“All peoples who were not totally rude and without understanding have noticed and understood that no kingdom or government can happily be preserved without schools.”
To provide himself cover, West makes no further comment in this post, but based […]

“Teaching About Reading”

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I have mixed feelings about this, from Joanne Jacobs:
According to a new report, “What Education Schools Aren’t Teaching About Reading and What Elementary Teachers Aren’t Learning,” by the National Council on Teacher Quality, 85 percent of education schools aren’t teaching prospective teachers how to teach reading effectively.
On the one hand, it’s clear to me that […]

New Directions

Friday, May 19th, 2006

This is going to be a summer of change for us here at the Ticklish Ears household. I have been offered an opportunity to work for the Air Force again as a Program Manager in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (just checked out their new web presence - very nice!). I’ll […]

Summer Institute Update

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

We’ve finished day three of our Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning. Tomorrow is wrap-up day.
The plenary sessions with Donna Llewellyn have been good. The information she has presented is not earth-shattering, but the discussions that she has encouraged, both in small groups and as one large group, have been edifying.
One of her […]

“Colleges started competing for her to come”

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

So says William Taylor, father of Ashley and eight other homeschooled children, on Ashley’s popularity with college admissions offices.
From homeschooling detractors, like Dr. Jim West, we have statements like:
The homeschooled children I have known who have gone to college have, to a person, “gone wild” as soon as outside their parents control.
And yet we have […]

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