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Steadily Increasing World Population Is a Steadily Increasing Problem in Sustainability

In 1968, when I was much younger than I am today, Paul Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb was published. I remember being quite alarmed at the time I read it. One result was that my wife and I, who planned to have four children, decided to adopt two mixed-race children to join the two children we already had in our family.

I recently read the following interview of Paul Ehrlich:

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Living in a World of Black Boxes, Opaque Boxes, and Somewhat Clearer Boxes

You have heard about the “black box” carried in commercial airplanes. More generally, a black box is any device whose workings are not understood by nor accessible to its user. Still more generally, I want you to think about some things that are very clear to you, some things that are somewhat opaque to you, and some things that are quite unclear to you.

This thinking fits in with my IAE Blog posting of 9/23/2010 "Knowing a little about a lot and a lot about a little" (http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/entry/knowing-a-little-about-a-lot-and-a-lot-about-a-little.html).

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December 2010 Statewide Report on Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs in Tennessee

I recently encountered the following (free) 366-page report:

Tennessee High Education Commission (12/1/2010). Report card on the effectiveness of teacher training programs. Tennessee State Board of Education. Retrieved 12/8/2010 from http://www.tn.gov/sbe/teacherreportcard2010.htm.

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Creating Academic Standards that May Be Inappropriate and Unattainable

My IAE Blog entry of September 13, 2010, is Setting Unreasonable Standards in Student Assessment. This posting can be considered to be a continuation of that discussion. It is based on a free 16-page report:

ACT (December, 2010). A first look at the common core and college and career readiness. ACT Research and Policy Issues. Retrieved 12/7/201 from http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/reports/firstlook.html.

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Neuromythologies (Brain Science Mythologies) in Education

Brain science is making rapid progress. See, for example:

Sparks, S.D. (6/4/2012). Experts call for teaching educators brain science. Education Week. Retrieved 6/14/2012 from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/06/06/33teachers.h31.html?tkn=QMCFdkGZMV2m7+qxClqvXh1WsWnWtdl0kNfT&cmp=clp-sb-ascd.

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