• Politics

    Many Reasons Howard Must Not Win

    From The Age today: http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/its-all-or-nothing/2007/08/24/1187462515465.html (this post’s title is mine, not theirs, by the way – they basically just describe the consequences in a pretty balanced way, but it paints a terrifying picture of Australia’s future) And, even if some of us on the left despair a little and think…

  • Musings

    The Cost of Safety

    Maybe not an unprecedented rant on my part, but still… the same video study is focussing on students’ use of a ‘balance beam’ to learn about proportional reasoning. Someone asked the question “But isn’t this stuff pretty intuitive for students? They play on a seesaw1 , so they know that…

  • Teaching - Technology

    The Essential Geek

    Was just at a PhD confirmation hearing (where the student has to convince us that s/he is ready to do the research) on having middle school students use digital video to learn and communicate their learning. Very interesting stuff, but one of my stray thoughts was that any innovation like…

  • Politics

    A Liberal Legacy Betrayed

    Excellent article by Robert Dean on the Liberal Party1 as started by Robert Menzies, and the parlous state it has fallen to under John Howard. http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/betraying-the-menzies-vision/2007/08/07/1186252704551.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2 For readers not in Australia, the Liberal Party is the main party of the political right in Australia, which confuses people from places where…