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Science of Learning: Conformity in the Classroom

How has conformity become the norm in education, and what methods are used to foster absolute conformity? Where do we start?

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Science of Learning: Alternatives to Conformity

Is there an alternative to conformity in a system of mass education? This is a big question.

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Science of Education: Creativity

The other side of the coin of conformity is creativity. Is there really a problem with creativity? What are the implications of total convergent thinking (conformity) and the loss of creativity in our society? Can we change this?

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Learning to Learn

We are born to learn, so how do we learn to learn? Learning begins even before we are born. Learning to learn in order to take advantage of our new cyber-assisted world isn’t really learning to learn but learning new skills that I call cognitive enabling skills.

3 months

Choose Your Boss, Not Your Job

Out of every advice I’ve been given, the one that has stayed with me even today is choosing your boss wisely.

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13 Tools to Make Writing Fun and More Creative

Writing isn’t an easy job. Most people feel that writing is all about copying stuff from here and there and intermingling it to form an entirely new content. But that’s not the truth.

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Science of Learning: Metacognition in Life

As with most of the higher order thinking skills, metacognition plays a wider role in life than just academic work. However, metacognition has, by far, the widest reaching effects in people's lives as the following list demonstrates. This is likely the reason why educators have focussed and tried to develop metacognition in children. Unfortunately, because it is higher order, the ability to think this way only emerges during adolescence, and the evidence that students entering university have, even the rudimentary foundational metacognitive skills, is poor. Here are the areas of life that research has demonstrated to be effected by metacognitive skills: