An entire industry has sprouted based on learning styles. There are workshops for teachers, products targeted at different learning styles and some schools that even evaluate students based on this theory.
This prompted Doug Rohrer, a psychologist at the University of South Florida, to look more closely at the learning style theory.
When he reviewed studies of learning styles, he found no scientific evidence backing up the idea. “We have not found evidence from a randomized control trial supporting any of these,” he says, “and until such evidence exists, we don’t recommend that they be used.”
“By one estimate, 65 percent of children entering grade school this year will end up working in careers that haven’t even been invented yet.”—Duke University’s Cathy N. Davidson on how to transform our schools. (via theatlantic)
“I don’t mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog.”—Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on MTV (via nedhepburn)
“The implications of Thomas’s leadership for the Court, and for the country, are profound. Thomas is probably the most conservative Justice to serve on the Court since the nineteen-thirties. More than virtually any of his colleagues, he has a fully wrought judicial philosophy that, if realized, would transform much of American government and society. Thomas’s views both reflect and inspire the Tea Party movement, which his wife has helped lead almost since its inception. The Tea Party is a diffuse operation, and it can be difficult to pin down its stand on any given issue. Still, the Tea Party is unusual among American political movements in its commitment to a specific view of the Constitution—one that accords, with great precision, with Thomas’s own approach. For decades, various branches of the conservative movement have called for a reduction in the size of the federal government, but for the Tea Party, and for Thomas, small government is a constitutional command.”—The Thomases vs. Obama’s Health-Care Plan (via azspot)
“To paraphrase a favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: If a woman wants to be in politics, she has to have the skin of a rhinoceros. Most men who go into politics just think they’re great. They believe they can do anything. Most young women, not only in politics but in most areas, are more cautious and more likely to say, “Could I really do this? Am I good enough?” I was talking to a friend and very successful businessman the other day, and he said, “The thing that still annoys me more than anything is that I see all these young women who are so much more capable than they allow themselves to believe. And I see so many young men who are so much less capable but who believe they are God’s gift to the world.” I would just say to women: Try it! Put your foot in the pond and see if you want to swim.”—
“On Tuesday Ryan Taylor, 30, a theater director in Washington, got the last serving of pumpkin curry at the Fojol Bros. food truck. He waited in line for 15 minutes, found a shady patch in Farragut Square and just as he sat down with his curry, which was delicious, the chef came out of the truck and erased the item from the menu. That was very, very satisfying.”—Monicawrote an article for the front page of the Washington Post that literally just talks about the good stuff that happened to random people yesterday. (via washingtonpoststyle)
“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told Becky Quick. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”—Warren Buffett’s ingenious deficit idea- MSN Money (via brit)
“Conservatives hate the ‘liberal’ media so much, they’re even willing to accept an argument… based on science.”—JON STEWART, reacting to Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs claiming there’s “scientific proof that the mainstream liberal media is blatantly liberal in its bias,” on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficity disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”—Nora Ephron (via atomos)
In “Murder to Excellence”, Kanye and Jay-Z are at the top of their game. It’s an interesting concept; Wikipedia tells me that the song is actually a two-parter of “Murder” and “Excellence”. They were produced separately and are different in tone and subject though bound together by the common theme of the black American experience. “Murder” highlights the dark underbelly of intercity America. Kanye’s at the top of his game here, spitting rhymes about his hometown of Chicago and desperately trying to point out the systemic problems that continue to go un-addressed in this country. “Excellence” is about swagger, and really, who’s better than Jay-Z when it comes to swag? The production is really solid, and it’s easily one of my favourite tracks on Watch the Throne.