The LSU Top 5 #49

This is the 49th 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!)

‘Parents, don’t overrate your children,’ says seasoned educatorTuoi Tre

The high school principal gave some excellent advice to his students’ parents in this letter, reproduced in full in this article.

A snippet:

Parents, please be careful and compose yourself when you assess your children’s ability. Some are always saying that their kids are number one when it comes to everything: beautiful, smart, talented, intellectual, etc… Others act conversely, getting frequently upset with their children, nagging at or even angrily hitting them, treating the kids as useless and indocile people who will never be able to do anything.  

An arrogant child or a frightened kid with an inferiority complex is not what our educational system is meant to produce.


Why Generation Y Yuppies Are UnhappyWait But Why

This rather controversial blog piece (look at the comments!) isn’t about education, but applies to a lot of students around the world, including (I think) in Vietnam.

It says that Gen Yers are unhappy because their expectations are so much greater than what is being delivered, while they falsely think, because of Facebook, that others expectations are being met.

Critics of the article say that it doesn’t recognise that these expectations aren’t met not because they’re too high, but because the system is increasingly stacked against Gen Yers. This piece, Fuck You. I’m Gen Y, and I Don’t Feel Special or Entitled, Just Poor, (link) is strong reply.


Why the hottest trend in online education already has a cheating problemDaily Dot

Why would a student cheat in a Massive Open Online Course when there’s no practical reason to do so? This article investigates several theories to explain this phenomenon, of which course design is considered the most critical factor that encourages – or discourages – cheating.

Poorly designed assignments, like poorly designed classes, will engender dishonest work in any environment, from traditional to online.


Vietnam college requires lecturers work in factory before teachingTuoi Tre

Those who can’t do, teach. Or so they say. Perhaps wanting to prevent these accusations, a higher education institute in Da Nang is requiring that it’s graduate-trainee teachers get experience in factories or offices before teaching classes.

“I was shocked when the school asked me to work as a factory worker at a company before I can teach,” [Nguyen Thi Hung, who applied to be an electrical engineering lecturer] said. “But they presented a convincing argument: lecturers should gain hands-on experience of what they will teach to their students.”


New Spice: study like a scholar, scholarBrigham Young University


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