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Discussion: What Is Smart?

Our next discussion meeting is Wednesday, February 2nd, at 1:00 p.m. in Madison 105. We’re considering the question “What is smart?”

As usual, there will be free pizza and soda at the discussion. Let us know whether you plan on showing up over at the Facebook event. Directions to CCC are available here. A campus map is below; Madison is building 5.

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Learn How to Think

“And I’m a big believer that the most important thing that a kid can learn in school is how to learn and how to think. If Malia and Sasha, my two daughters, are asking questions, know how to poke holes in an argument, know how to make an argument themselves, know how to evaluate a complicated bunch of data, then I figure that they’re going to be okay regardless of the career path that they’re in. And I think that that requires more than just rote learning — although it certainly requires good habits and discipline in school — it also requires that in the classroom they’re getting the kind of creative teaching that’s so important.”

Barack Obama, YouTube Interview

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Discussion Meeting: Education

We’re having another discussion meeting at Camden County College. This meeting is Wednesday (December 2nd) at 2:00 p.m. in room 105 of Madison Building (that’s an hour later than our last couple meetings, and in a different room). The topic is the good, bad, and ugly of our school system. Again, there will be free pizza and soda for all.

All are welcome to attend. Directions to CCC are available here. A campus map is below; Madison is building 5.

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Status Quo Bias

“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”

-John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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Own Our Mistakes

“How experts learn, they really learn by looking at their mistakes. And this can be an unpleasant way to live, because who wants to get home after a long day’s work and think about all the stuff you messed up that day. And yet that tends to be a very effective way to learn. As Beckett said: ‘Fail. Fail better. Fail. Fail better.’ It’s that process of realizing that we all make mistakes. We all fail.

“I talk about it in terms of a variety of domains. I talk about it in terms of a backgammon player. After every match, even matches he wins, he goes back and looks at all the moves he did badly.

“I talk about a soap opera director who, after a day of shooting–a 16-hour day–he goes home and puts in the raw tape from that day and forces himself to make a list of thirty things he did wrong. Thirty mistakes so minor that no one else would notice them.

Tom Brady: when Tom Brady watches game tape for hours every week, he’s not looking for the passes he did well. He’s looking for the passes he missed, for the open men he didn’t find.

“We need to think about how we think about learning and see mistakes as the inevitable component of learning.  You can’t learn at a very fundamental level unless you get stuff wrong.  And so not to fear our mistakes. Not to loathe them. Not to be so scared of making them. But to realize that we have to, in a sense, celebrate them. That they are an inevitable component of learning and you can’t learn without them.”

Jonah Lehrer, on Open Source

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