The Top 5 # 28

This is the 28th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

New Model for Business EducationInside Higher Ed

In this interview, the editors of Shaping the Future of Business Education: Relevance, Rigor and Life Preparation argue that business education needs more supplementation with arts and sciences.

Successful organizations today create value through complex, often far-flung interplay of individual skills and talents. As complexity increases, intense teamwork, sophisticated information gathering and interpretation, performing across barriers, communication, an understanding of culture and a heightened awareness of the “ecosystem” in which the organization operates are all vital.

The need to understand the arts and sciences is as simple and critical as the need to understand deeply the products and services you are making and distributing. Business education, alone and by itself, is not enough. Business education, alone and by itself, is not enough. It can make someone efficient at the practical matters of effecting transactions, but it doesn’t by itself create anything. Business is a mechanism and a means – by all means crucial, but insufficient. What is needed is both business knowledge and the creativity, connection, and ability to invent that the arts and sciences convey.


How to Assess the Real Payoff of a College DegreeThe Chronicle of Higher Education

University as an investment has been written about a lot. This article takes a deeper look, charting the history of the centrality of vocational outcomes in justifying university education, talking to students, and looking at some of the realities about whether university offers a good return – and if this is the only question we should be asking.


Cynicism Is Contagious; So Is HopeEdutopia

This blog presents six symptoms of cynicism in teaching and gives some steps to take to fight your inner cynic.

  1.  You check your watch before your first cup of coffee or before nine AM to see how much longer until you can go home.
  2. What you teach becomes more important than who you teach.
  3. You begin believing that nothing works with “these” kids, that they are beyond hope.
  4. Every day feels the same.
  5. You often wonder why no one is doing anything to make life better for you.
  6. You have lost your own love of learning. Tedium has replaced wonder.

One commenter questions whether the author shifts the blame for cynicism too far onto educators rather than the context they work in.


Learning Strategies Outperform IQ in Predicting AchievementScientific American

This article reviews research on the factors that differentiate high and low performing students. Some key points:

  • High performing students more help from other students
  • High performing students did more work early in the semester
  • Learning strategies have more effect on a student’s performance than IQ
  • Intrinsically motivated students increase their ability more than others.


Child prodigy’s interview stirs up the publicVietnam Net

This article gives a snapshot into some of the values surrounding learning in Vietnam – what’s aspired to and what’s looked down on..

At the age of 11, Nam has become very well known in Vietnam for the achievements that no one could imagine could be made by an 11-year-old boy.

When asked about the books Nam likes reading, he said he likes politics, science and informatics books. He also said that he doesn’t like comic strips, because his mother said comic strips are like the worms that demolish people’s soul.

As soon as the interview [with a local newspaper] was posted on Internet, Nam’s parents have become the “aiming point” of the public’s violent criticism. People wrote on forums that Nam was unlucky because he was born into a family, where parents forced him to learn too hard, and that Nam did not have his childhood because of the overwork.


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