Category Archives: Education

Wellesley sculpture protests are not feminist

Tony Martelli’s The Sleepwalker has generated a large number of protests about its patriarchal nature. Journalists at Slate and The Wall Street Journal have more coverage. Students at Wellesley College have complained about how the statue triggers in them fears … Continue reading

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The Innovator’s DNA — and Montessori education

Hal Gregersen, co-author of The Innovator’s DNA (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011), identifies the often-shared traits of innovators, but then makes this striking point about how the innovative became innovative: “‘It’s fascinating when we interview these famous entrepreneurs to realise … Continue reading

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Study advice for the new semester

A survey asked students: What obstacles prevent your academic success? “The number one reason, which was given by 33% of the students, was that they simply didn’t know how to study.” More obstacles and solutions at The Art of Manliness … Continue reading

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Poverty reduction and public awareness

Two data points and a question: 1. This graph showing the dramatic 80% reduction in the world poverty rate over the last 40 years: 2. This Gapminder survey showing that 95% of Americans asked believe that poverty rates have stayed … Continue reading

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Rostropovich on love and music education

When Mstislav Rostropovich was already an accomplished cellist at age 19, he began teaching at the Moscow Conservatory: “But it was also obvious to me that the most important priority was to educate my pupils to love music. And parents … Continue reading

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Forbes on the Acton MBA

Forbes columnist Michael Noer has a nice feature on the Acton MBA — “Startup School: An MBA Designed For Entrepreneurs, Not I-Bankers.” Acton is unique because of “its relentless focus on a single goal: educating aspiring entrepreneurs. The curriculum discards … Continue reading

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Montessori education: practices and principles

My 38-minute overview of Montessori education, excerpted from my lecture on Objectivism, which is part of my Philosophy of Education course. Maria Montessori (1870–1952) was an Italian educator and theorist whose system of “scientific pedagogy” led to the development of … Continue reading

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Objectivism and philosophy of education

My 2.5 hour video lecture on Objectivism, including its relation to Montessori education. The lecture is Part 12 of my Philosophy of Education course. Other “isms” in the series include Pragmatism, Behaviorism, Idealism, Realism, Existentialism, Marxism, and Postmodernism. Introduction: Rand’s … Continue reading

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