Play: The New Capitalist Tool

I almost dropped my iPhone this morning. There, on the 2.31- by 4.87-inch screen, was “Why Playful Learning Is The Key to Prosperity.” Yes, in the “Entrepreneurs” section of Forbes. By 8:50 a.m., the piece, written by John Converse Townsend, the media manager of Ashoka—“we write about change in the making—“had garnered 9,276 views.

After an exuberant jig on my living-room rug, I got down to business, and ingested the message right upfront, in the lead paragraph:

In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, . . . Read full article →

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Test Talk: Not a Pretty Picture, Lucy Calkins

Patrick Wall, over at Chalkbeat, formerly Gotham Schools, just weighed in on the testing situation in New York. Not a pretty picture, he concluded, based on an online critique by teachers in a new site dedicated to “Testing Talk.” The English Language Arts exam—now a devoted Common Core handmaiden—had just graduated to the level of “soul-crushing.”

Wall observed that the educators who migrated to the online forum ”represent a tiny fraction of the state’s educators.” Of course, most teachers are too busy prepping their students to register protest online. No matter. He dutifully recorded the comments of . . . Read full article →

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