robertclasshotbucket said: Pretty ironic that your post "Down With Homework", which discusses poor wording, contains two errors: you spelled "teacher" and "without" incorrectly. And engineers are some of the WORST people when it comes to poor communication and overuse of pronouns.
Ironic? Absolutely. It’s partly due to posting via my phone, in this case. I should have caught it with editing prior to posting.
Thank you for catching those errors.
Down With Homework! | Scholastic.com
One professor of education, Gary Natriello at Columbia University, believed in the value of homework until his “own children started bringing home assignments in elementary school.” Even “the routine tasks sometimes carry directions that are difficult for two parents with advanced graduate degrees to understand,” he discovered.
Unclear directions (mostly due to poorly worded instructions) are much more common than you’d think; which is surprising since most of the material is mass produced. I should be providing this type of feedback to the teacher, now that I think of it.
Lawyers and engineers — we seem to be the only groups that can write without overusing pronouns.
Decades ago, the American Educational Research Association released this statement: “Whenever homework crowds out social experience, outdoor recreation, and creative activities, and whenever it usurps time that should be devoted to sleep, it is not meeting the basic needs of children and adolescents.”
Tumblr is celebrating National Donut Day with their version of a Google Doodle. I love it!
Consulting - Matt Gemmell
Thoughts on how to run an effective consulting business.
Although the point of Matt’s post is for consulting, 95% of his advice applies to all coding jobs, as I see it. All of his points are spot on, in my experience.
This is a great post.
Collecting Air - Nick Bilton
As a kid, I spent a lot of time traveling alone on airplanes. I was born in England and moved to the U.S. when I was 12 years old after my parents split up. Like a pingpong ball being lobbed across the ocean in slow motion, I bounced back-and-forth internationally several times a year between my family.
Nick Bilton always delivers. He’s such a wonderful writer — he supplies some insight in this personal story.
Don’t date a girl who travels
To all my strong-willed women friends: I salute you. Stay strong. Stay independent. Please welcome my daughter with open arms when she is old enough to join you.