Everybody should read this: The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

This is a truly must-read article in the NY Times. Do you remember the letter by Bill Gates acknowledging that his impact on education was a bit dubious to say the least? It didn’t stop him from having a new idea for education, although personalized learning hasn’t much evidence backing it up yet (no, not really).… Read More Everybody should read this: The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

No, it’s not swag or yolo after all: teenagers’ role in language change is overstated

The idea that teenagers have an important influence on our language – with new words popping up every now and then – is not wrong as such, but youngsters are not solely causing language change. A new study by Mary Kohn et al shows that language changes occur throughout a lifetime and not just during the teenage years.… Read More No, it’s not swag or yolo after all: teenagers’ role in language change is overstated

My 2 pence: Japanese government asks universities to close social sciences and humanities faculties

I just discovered this news item from September via @F3lixDeClerck but it’s quite shocking: Japan’s Minister of Education has asked all national universities to close their social sciences and humanities departments 26 universities have so far confirmed plans to close affected faculties or convert them to “areas that better meet society’s needs”   And I… Read More My 2 pence: Japanese government asks universities to close social sciences and humanities faculties