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Mar 26, 2012

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No, I don’t believe the rankings, or at least not in the way people think of them. But the following does make one sit up and notice, if only because we need to understand better what Universities are for. (Richard Horton in the Lancet) Just how reputable is your university? The latest Times Higher Education rankings were published […]

I have a lot of time for Paul Graham. He writes  well, and thinks well — and the two are connected. His book Hackers and Painters is a joy to read, and full of interesting insights, some at his own expense. One of his recent essays  is on areas of life that would benefit from […]

Mar 14, 2012

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medicine, research

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There is a nice summary of the relation between technology and health care costs in JAMA by Katrina Armstrong There are 2 perspectives on the effect of genomics on health care costs. One view is that genomics is a form of new technology and it is well established that new technologies increase health care costs.3? For example, […]

Mar 12, 2012

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learning

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There is a really nice post over at Computing Ed on the issue of expertise in teaching. The issues are about (i) subject knowledge (ii) teaching knowledge and (iii) teaching knowledge in relation to how learners cope with your subject. Well worth reading and I like (as ever) Alan Kay’s  division of students into 1o:80:1o […]

Nick Faulkner on a talk by Hal Abelson Then the talk took a turn. Professor Abelson took us back, 8 years ago, when Duke’s “Give everyone an iPod” project had every student (eventually) with a free iPod and encouraged them to record, share and mix-up what they were working with. Enter the Intellectual Property Lawyer. […]

Sahlberg recognizes that Finland stands outside what he refers to as the “Global Education Reform Movement,” to which he appends the apt acronym “GERM.”GERM, he notes, is a virus that has infected not only the United States, but the United Kingdom, Australia, and many other nations. President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law […]

Ervin Epstein in the Preface to Controversies in Dermatology, 1984 The difference between a clinician and an academician, basically, is the experience of 200 to 400 patient visits a week. Most academicians practice dermatology but on a limited scale. Yet the tail is definitely wagging the dog that we call dermatology. This quote has bugged […]

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