Skills are extremely malleable. Just as training can improve skills, its absence can diminish them. In other words, people forget and hence the old proverb: "organ that is not used atrophies." … [Lee más...] about How long do cognitive skills last?
What is the cost of violence? Start with the human toll. In Brazil, around 60,000 people are murdered each year, a figure that reaches 29/100,000 inhabitants and is the highest for any country not at war. Ten percent of all homicides in the world happen in Brazil. Add this to the economic costs. Brazil lost almost 4% of its GDP – about US$124 billion - to violence in 2014. This … [Lee más...] about Wired to survive, not to learn
“I need a calculator even for 2+2. I’m not perfect, I’m pretty.” You could write an entire thesis about that sentence. Sadly, the young woman who tweeted it, has close to 600,000 followers. Even more disheartening, this is merely one of a multitude of similarly negative messages about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) transmitted by girls and young women … [Lee más...] about I’m Not Perfect, I’m Pretty
Some mistakes are easy to remember and especially those you make in a language other than your own. Having grown up as a Swedish-speaking Finn, I remember clearly how during one of my first Finnish language classes, I told everyone “I am a ball” instead of “I have a ball”. While my story took place in Finland, my experience could resemble that of millions of children in the … [Lee más...] about Learning how to learn in your own language
Innovation is one of those words we hear everyday. And while we tend to associate it with the world of tech, startups and Silicon Valley’s companies, it is by no means a concept that belongs only in that field. Nor do all the new transformations that have an impact in people’s lives involve technology. In education, for instance, a wide range of innovative projects have emerged … [Lee más...] about Innovating in education: is it all about technology?