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Brave New Schools by Dr, James Cummings and Dr. Dennis Sayers

Literacy, the Internet and Behavioral Dimensions of Learning

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Literacy, New Teaching Philosophies, The Power of the Internet and Behavioral Dimensions of Learning

  • Nov 13, 2012
Brave New Schools: Challenging Cultural Illiteracy Through
Global Learning Networks
by James Cummings and Dr. Dennis Sayers
is an excellent book which explains how illiteracy can be dealt
with more effectively through the efficient use of tools like
the internet. Since Plato, educators have come to appreciate
that literacy expands the human consciousness.

The authors discuss such matters as job related skills, reasons
for failing student scores, the impact of poverty on education,
instructional methodologies to reverse under-achievement, cultural
literacy, and much more.

The presentation covers the links between education and cultural
identity with explanations of the need to transition from the
Euro-centric curriculum to a more inclusive Afro-Asian inclusive

The authors discuss symbolic analysis. This analysis requires
abstraction, system thinking, experimental inquiry, and collaboration.
Abstraction requires conceptualization, whereas system thinking
requires a well-defined process of inquiry in iterative steps to
arrive at a methodology to solve difficult problems. Experimental
inquiry involves data gathering and testing to arrive at inferences
while collaboration involves subjecting ideas to a group discussion.

There are implications for future study which the book could explore.
Examples are behavioral aspects like setting boundaries with
friends/associates, creating a quiet environment for concentration,
goal congruency, measurement, and goal setting. Above all, students
must learn how to cope with life, as early as possible in the
education experience.

Throughout the education experience, students from all income groups
have had trouble coping with the behavioral aspects to be mastered in
order to succeed academically. Conquering these behavioral negations
will require that students develop coping skills at an earlier age.

Brave New Schools is an excellent resource for beginning a badly
needed conversation on improving educational outcomes. This work
can be enhanced with a discussion of important coping mechanisms
so that students can accomplish the worthy goals set forth.

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Literacy, New Teaching Philosophies, The Power of the Internet and Behavioral Dimensions of Learning

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