Education

Will more women at Caltech translate to less glomming?

LA Times reports that enrollment of frosh women at Caltech is up. (Same with Harvey Mudd). The aricle devotes a scant paragraph to a topic that was discussed at length Saturday evening at a gathering I attended: glomming. Caltech students said they are not expecting a revolution in social life or an end to the […]

Olive this story: Pit Explusion Laboratory

LA Times covers Caltech’s Olive Oil experiment. Take 130 trees dropping olives on campus walkways. Add in students seeking prankish respite from their studies. Mix in a French-born university president with a taste for Mediterranean cuisine. That’s the formula for making olive oil at Caltech. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase Dabney Eats […]

What if Socrates got teacher evaluations?

Hemlock available in the faculty lounge [via dangerousmeta] Professor Socrates is sooooo smart, I want to be just like him when I graduate (except not so short). I was amazed at how he could take just about any argument and prove it wrong.

You are SO great! — The inverse power of praise

Po Bronson, NY Magazine. [via PapaScott] [A] growing body of research—and a new study from the trenches of the New York public-school system—strongly suggests [that g]iving kids the label of “smart� does not prevent them from underperforming. It might actually be causing it.

Interview with the ‘Web 2.0’ filmmaker, Anthropology prof

A discussion with Michael Wesch, the maker of The Web is Us/ing Us, at John Batelle’s blog. [via] I also read some of his thoughts at the site, Savage Minds. For his intro to anthropology class, he’s created the World Simulation Project [part 1 Constructing the World] [part 2 The Basics]

Can you help someone learn by asking questions?

Saw this essay on The Socratic Method, by Rick Garlikov. [via Andrea] He taught a class of 3rd graders about base-two numbers (binary). The timing was chosen for its difficulty: “The class was conducted on a Friday afternoon beginning at 1:30, late in May, with about two weeks left in the school year. This time […]