There is no Golden Age

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“What the Founding Fathers actually meant was…”

“Well, if you really read into the Bible, you’ll see that Jesus meant…”

“We’re not meant to eat wheat.  If you knew what our paleo ancestors used to eat…”

We hear remarks like these all the time, in casual conversation on politics, religion, history, to the point of cliché.   They all share a common theme: to put it simply, things aren’t going as well today as they were yesterday, so if we simply figure out what people were doing yesterday, we can get better!

When I used to teach, I would occasionally drive home three “rules” of history.

1.  There is no Virgin Land

2.  There are no Indigenous Peoples

3.  There is no Golden Age

I’m going to focus here on the final of the three rules (the other two I may get to later).  The quotes I opened with were fixations…

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Gaming in early childhood education

Teaching in a digital world.

Gaming in early childhood education.
Digital gaming programs (DGP) both online and static provide children from birth to eight years old, the opportunity to engage in information communications technologies [ICT]. The use of digital games from an early age allows for progress and to become digital fluent. Educators embracing a child ability to become a digital native, a feature of children born in this era will prepare the foundation on which more advanced technological skills can be established (Howell, 2012). Educational curriculum expectations require that ICT will be used and incorporated through all other domains of learning, thus the cross capability. Different DGP promote learning through not only specific learning targets but engages a child in a fun and enjoyable learning experiences.
A child’s fluency in ICT promotes lifelong learning skills in a rapidly changing in a technology advancing world. Applying ICT skills in the early years through DGP create…

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What’s behind the academic achievement gap?

 

It’s no secret that the academic “achievement” gap has been a go-to meme for educators, policymakers and the public-at-large for years. It’s been used as a scapegoat for the lack of diversity not only in higher education, but in a wide swathe of industries as well.  For black Americans particularly, the gap has been seen as a sort of tacit cultural indictment. But are black people, or more specifically black parents at fault for not properly preparing their children to be educated in the American school system? Researchers Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris say the evidence suggests other factors are at play.

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Who to blame for the achievement gap?

Coming back around again: The resegregation of schools in the American South

Whether the conversation focuses on positive gains or negative impacts, race is a constant hot-button issue in America. Some believe that we’ve entered a period of “post-racial” awareness. Put simply, a lot of folks want to believe that structural/systemic racism is no longer an inhibitor to success in the States. Those uber-optimists may be right, to some extent, but as a recent article in the Atlantic finds, we’ve still got quite a journey, particularly in terms of equal education.

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Resegregation in the American South