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September 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: PBS News Hour Does Excellent Segment On Where Presidential Candidates Stand On Ed Issues

The PBS News Hour just aired this excellent segment reviewing where the Presidential candidates stand on education issues.

In addition, the posted this: Chart: Where do the presidential candidates stand on education?

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September 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Armless Table Tennis Paralympian Teaches A Zillion Lessons

Slate has an article today about armless table tennis Paralympian Ibrahim Hamadtou headlined Egypt’s Armless Table Tennis Player Loses at Paralympics but Hailed as Inspiration.

Here’s a quote from the article, and a video of Hamadtou in action:


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September 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “The Loneliest Tree in the World”

Here’s how this video is described:

Tucked away in a corner of London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, there is a very peculiar plant. At first glance, it resembles a stumpy palm tree, but this ancient specimen is incredibly rare. It is, in fact, the very last of its kind on Earth. Encephalartos Woodii is a cycad, a type of plant that once dominated the planet during the Jurassic Period. Over the millennia, the age of the cycad came to an end. And in the case of Encephalartos Woodii, we may have been left with only one—a single male specimen. This tree is the loneliest bachelor on Earth.

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September 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: New TED-Talks PBS Education Show Exceeds My Expectations & Ten Minutes Is A “Must-Watch”

Apart from a forgettable part with Sal Kahn (see Because Khan Academy Doesn’t Receive Enough Attention, Sal Khan Featured In TED Talk PBS Special Next Week), I thought last night’s TED Talks “Education Revolution” show on PBS was fairly decent.

It was much, much better than their last one, though it was so bad they couldn’t really go anywhere but up (see Complete Unedited Versions Of Last Night’s TED Talks On Education (Including Bill Gates & His $5 Billion Boondoggle).

The real surprise to me was the section beginning from twenty-two minutes in and ending at about the thirty-second minute. Victor Rios, who I’m embarrassed to say I had never heard of prior to the show (you can learn more about him at this PBS News Hour segment from a few years ago, One Man’s Journey From Gang Member to Academia), gave a must-watch talk on grit and resilience – with a very different perspective than those who say “Let them eat character” (see The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).  His talk was followed by an excellent short film on undocumented students in Georgia who want to attend college.

Here are a couple of excerpts from his talk:



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