Top 7 neuromyths that many teachers believe


About half of the educators surveyed believed that people only use 10% of their brains.

Surveys of teachers in the UK, Turkey, Holland, Greece and China have revealed that many believe seven common myths about the brain, likely because the simple explanations are often attractive, even if totally wrong. The results of the surveys were reported in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.



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In states with stronger teachers’ unions students learn less

There is a 4% fall in student proficiency rates in states where teachers’ unions are stronger.

According to a study by Johnathan Lott of the University of Chicago Law School and Lawrence W. Kenny of the University of Florida of 721 U.S. school districts in 42 states shows a 1-standard-deviation rise in teachers’ union dues per teacher is associated with a 4% fall in student proficiency rates.


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Students and teachers push back on healthier school lunches

New government nutrition standards went into effect this year in a bid to combat childhood obesity.

School lunches for the first time this year are required to be healthier but they are getting some push back from students and teachers across the USA who say they are still hungry after eating the noon meal.



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67% of American university faculty are part-time employees

Chemistry professor Robert Parson instructs his students in a lecture hall classroom during a chemistry class at Colorado University.

An annual meeting of the The American Anthropological Association is held  to showcase research from around the world.  Thousands of other anthropologists  usually pay $650 for airfare, $400 for three nights in a “student” hotel, $70 for membership, and $94 for admission. The latter two fees are student rates. If you are unemployed or underemployed scholar, the rates would double.



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Making it harder to learn beneficial to students

Making it harder to learn

“Making material harder to learn can improve long-term learning and retention.”

Three researchers, in January 2011, published the results of an experiment in which they showed that students who read material in difficult, unfamiliar fonts learned it more deeply than students who read the same material in conventional, familiar fonts.

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Teachers Are Helping Students Learn with the Help of Twitter

education and twitter

Twitter has become an important forum for teachers.

Teachers are bringing the real-time communication power of Twitter into the classroom to help students learn.  It’s great for helping teachers learn as well. Twitter has simply become one of the best places for teachers to collaborate, share solutions to common classroom problems, and discuss education policy. In fact, it might just be the best forum teachers have ever had.


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Signaling the Rebirth of Turkish Education


This was a photo I took from stage of the audience

Futurist Thomas Frey:  On April 30th I had the privilege of delivering the opening keynote to a group of over 1,200 VIPs at the International Education Forum II: “Innovation in Education” held in Ankara, Turkey. These were remarkable people dedicated to reforming the state of education in a country poised for greatness.


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