CCR Blog

The Role of Civic Reflection in a Technologically Interconnected World

Apr 26 2012 Becca Bernstein
People walking around using technological communication
I firmly believe that civic reflection is a way for people in our technologically interconnected world to feel more connected again.

As I read Sherry Turkle’s April 2012 article in The New York Times, “The Flight from Conversation,” I couldn’t help thinking about civic reflection. In the article, Turkle discusses our…

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What Motivates Us to Volunteer in a Capitalistic, Whatsinitforme Society?

Apr 23 2012 Edwin Blanton
Edwin Blanton
Edwin Blanton is Co-Founder of Ready, Willing...Enable! an international non-profit focused on educational programs for children with disabilities.

I’d been through the tunnel countless times before. I knew its hot, stale air. I knew its crowdedness. I knew its posters for the latest Broadway shows. I was there…

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Teachers Need More Time For Planning, Collaboration and Inquiry

Apr 09 2012 Joby Gardener
The Book, The Flat World and Education
Teachers in high achieving nations spend 40-60% of their time preparing to teach and learning to teach well, while most U.S. teachers have little to no time to work with colleagues during the school day.

As we are inundated with calls for measuring teacher performance, weeding out bad teachers, and hiring, firing, and paying teachers according to student performance on multiple choice standardized tests (and…

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