Institutions, Frozen Thought and Human Stupidity

Have you ever wonfrostdered why people are so stupid?  In his book The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning, educational reformer James Paul Gee explores some of the reasons he believes this is true and how we can avoid falling into stupidity pitfalls.  For CEP 812 this week, we needed to pick one of his themes and explore it a little more deeply.  I have explored the idea of Institutions and Frozen Thought which deals with the glacial rate of change that occurs in most institutional settings.  You can read my reaction to his ideas here.  I welcome feedback in the comments.

Gee, J.P. (2013). The anti-education era: Creating smarter students through digital learning. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Photo Credit
Roberge, C. (2007). Frost [Online image]. Retrieved January 18, 2015 from Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial -ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.


Problems of Practice

This week in CEP812, we started the course by looking at problems of practice in education.  We learned that there are well-structured, ill-structured (or complex) and wicked problems.  We looked at our some of our own problems of practice and identified some tools that could help us overcome our problems.  The video below is a screencast describing my problem of practice as a teacher-librarian and the tool I discovered to help me.

I welcome any feedback in the comments section below.