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Learning through Gaming

“People who play video games have much better computational skills, much better logic skills, much better search and cognitive skills than kids who don’t,” says Nolan Bushnell, author of Finding the Next Steve Jobs, founder of Brainrush, and the entrepreneur often described as the “father of video games.”

ReasonTV’s Tracy Oppenheimer caught up with Bushnell at the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, CA to discuss how video games can revolutionize education as well as Bushnell’s role in exploring this new frontier.

Kansas Squeezes @KUboobs

Kansas University is famous for its strong basketball team, but it’s quickly gaining infamy for another “asset” — boobs! The university issued a cease-and-desist order for a twitter account under the handle @KUboobs for selling merchandise with the KU brand on it. H/T Next Media Animation

Switch It Up Day

The “progressive” educators at a Wisconsin school scheduled “Switch It Up Day,” encouraging boys to dress as girls and girls to wear boys’ clothes. Adam Carolla describes the exercise as a classic case of bullying, while Bill O’Reilly is more blunt — lambasting the teachers as pinheads.


Don’t Drone Me, Bro

New York City spends more per capita on education than anywhere else in the country, but more than half of those graduating from New York’s high schools aren’t ready or equipped to advance into a community college. Joe Dan Gorman addresses the dumbing down of America, as well as the growing corruption within our federal government, in this edition of Intellectual Froglegs.

Feds Push Insane Speech Codes

“It is so broad that it turns every single student and every single faculty member on campus, at least arguably, into harassers,” warns Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He’s talking about sweeping speech codes just imposed by the Departments of Justice and Education on virtually every college campus in the United States.

The new mandate was revealed in a letter from the DOJ and DOE to the University of Montana that states “sexual harassment should be more broadly defined as ‘any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct.” The new rules apply to all colleges and universities receiving any sort of federal money, including Pell grants, federally backed student loans, and more. The letter contends the conduct in question need not be offensive to an “objectively reasonable person of the same gender in the same situation.” That means that there is effectively no check on what might count as harassment. Course materials, overheard comments, stupid jokes – it’s all potentially actionable.

Lukianoff, the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, hopes that “this is the last straw that causes the universities themselves to start pushing back against this ridiculous over-regulation.” H/T Reason.TV

Student Schools His Teacher

What’s the best approach to educate kids? Does one style fit all, or should teachers adopt different techniques to reach different children? One student’s call for educational reform has gone viral, prompting a lively SourceFed debate.

Education Vs. Schooling

Did high school ever feel somewhat like a prison? Did it ever feel like being in a machine that had its own purposes and goals separate from yours? This feeling is not uncommon, and an examination of the development of the school explains why. H/T LearnLiberty

Exposing Biased Educators

AlfonZo Rachel talks about the USC student Tyler Talgo, who filmed his professor disparaging and insulting Republicans. Was this the right thing to do? Find out what Zo thinks as he details his recent visit to the USC campus. H/T PJTV

Twerkin’ Ain’t Workin’

A high school in San Diego, Calif., has suspended 33 students for uploading a “twerking” video shot on school property. SourceFed weighs in on the suspensions and the controversy surrounding the video.

The Machine Masters

“Will computers replace teachers? Dear god I hope so,” says Katherine Mangu-Ward, managing editor of Reason magazine.¬†At Reason Weekend 2013, Mangu-Ward discusses the future of education, how technology can change the classroom for the better and why she loves computers more than people.

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