kitchen table math, the sequel: research-based

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

research-based

"You know what research-based means, is if the world didn't implode, it succeeded."


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Would Jim be considered to have mental retardation?
research-based
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8 comments:

concernedCTparent said...

Maybe what we need is a really well written sci-fi movie (in the style of V for Vendetta or Children of Men) which tells the story of how the world just might implode if education continues on this downward spiral.

Extreme? Maybe. But desperate times....

concernedCTparent said...

A dystopian novel that becomes a movie-- even better. That way you'll reach a broader audience.

Premise: Dystopian societies flourish by not allowing people to excel and keeping citizens sufficiently uneducated.

Anybody game?

Catherine Johnson said...

Actually, I'm pretty sure that this novel has been written at least twice. (Doug and/or Mark will know---)

I think two different sci fi authors wrote stories or novels about a society in which all knowledge in human brains has gone missing; only the computer now knows how to run things.

Trouble ensues.

Catherine Johnson said...

This has always bothered me about the calculator business -- the analogy made between calculators and bicycles, say.

We don't need to know how to do long division; we have calculators to do it for us.

My question, from the get-go, has been: who's going to build the calculators?

Anonymous said...

the feeling of power.

concernedCTparent said...

Yep, I've read that one. It's a great one.

Doug Sundseth said...

"I think two different sci fi authors wrote stories or novels about a society in which all knowledge in human brains has gone missing; only the computer now knows how to run things."

More than two; it's a very common theme. The best-known is probably The Marching Morons, by CM Kornbluth. Conveniently, this story has a Wikipedia page.

cranky said...

Idiocracy is a film along such dystopian themes. Much more uneven than Office Space, Judge's previous film, but still interesting and occasionally very funny.

Unfortunately, from my position inside schools, this seems plausible.