Knowledge, School, and Western Tradition: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson’s Zaytuna Commencement Speech

Here, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson discusses the original aims of a Liberal Arts education, the Islamic roots of Western tradition, and the failures of an education without values. Please comment. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. – C.S. Lewis

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My Homeschooling Journey

Yahya Addison, Director of The Learners Center, shares his own family’s journey to homeschooling. As a career educator, I have worked across the K-12 curriculum in public, parochial, and leading international schools.  As a young man finishing an unintentionally accelerated bachelor’s program, I found myself abandoning aspirations towards a career in law in favor of […]

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What We Should Learn from Asian Education

A member of our admin team recently came across this article.  In his home town nearly 25 years ago, the local school district was sending representatives to study math and science advancements in Japan for local imitation in fear that the Japanese would soon overrun the global economy.  Little did most know that the Japanese […]

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The Future of College

Is the traditional university in danger of being over-run by the marching hoards of online learning options, or will online learning prove to be a cheap substitute for those without financial or physical access to the best on-the-ground institutions and individuals?  The Atlantic explores Minerva, the online university that seeks to shake up the industry […]

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How to Escape Education’s Death Valley – Sir Ken Robinson

This most recent iteration (2013) of Robinson’s call for a rethinking of standardized education calls upon us to cast down a culture of conformity in favor of one of individuality in education; one which acknowledges, considers, and draws upon the diversity of human beings in forging stronger individuals and societies.

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Meeting the Needs of Society by Meeting the Needs of Learners

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. In essence, he argues that we meet the needs of our society by meeting the needs of learners.

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How Schools Kill Creativity

In this talk, Sir Kenneth Robinson challenges us to change the way we look at success in education towards a model that embraces multiple intelligences and a future in flux.  It’s been eight years since this talk, and this message has been reiterated by many.  Are we even approaching the change he says is necessary?

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Genes, Literacy, and Numeracy

A recent study finds that genes influence ability to learn in children.  What questions does this provoke about differentiation in the classroom, tracking/detracking, and the efficacy of mass schooling?  Are there socio-genetic questions beyond the domain of education that are raised by this data? Like what you’re reading? Stay up-to-date on educational issues.  

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How did London become an education superpower?

With thousands of expatriates flocking to British universities (this author included) and with tens of thousands more seeking the benefits of a British education overseas in hopes of improving their opportunities, this article sheds some light on the opportunities the system, appropriately implemented, has given Londoners and how it has made for a more educated and vibrant […]

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“America can’t afford to wait another 50 years to figure this out.” – Geoffery Canada

…. And neither can the myriad societies following the American model of education. The system of schooling developed by 19th and 20th century industrialists no longer serves us and the children of our societies.  What are we to do in order provide equal access to educational opportunities and to ensure that those opportunities are pursued […]

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