...really good teaching is about not seeing the world the way that everyone else does...
"Good teachers perceive the world in alternative terms, and they push their students to test out these new, potentially enriching perspectives. Sometimes they do so in ways that are, to say the least, peculiar."
Mark Edmundson, "Geek Lessons" NYT, 2008
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
How Happy Are You? A Census Wants to Know
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — When they filled out the city’s census forms this spring, the people of Somerville got a new question. On a scale of 1 to 10, they were asked, “How happy do you feel right now?” Surveys are asking residents like Lee Simonds about their city, as well as questions that seem plucked from a personality test. Officials here want this Boston suburb to become the first city in the United States to systematically track people’s happiness.
Posted by Rolf Hughes