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Stories by Iman Rastegari

By Iman Rastegari 04/25/2018 4:37 PM EDT
Learning for Careers
In a lifetime, one will spend nearly 90,000 hours at work, says Nancy Hoffman, co-author — with her husband, Senior Research Fellow Robert Schwartz — of the new Harvard Education Press title, Learning for Careers. So why, then, aren't we educating students to enter the workplace? “Most students, unless they have parents who take them to their workplaces or take them to see friends who are scientists or train conductors or whatever, don’t really learn much about work," says Hoffman, senior adviser at Jobs for the Future, and a cofounder of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. "So the work-...
By Iman Rastegari 01/10/2018 2:42 PM EST
Critical Thinking
In a time where deliberately false information is continually introduced into public discourse, and quickly spread through social media shares and likes, it is more important than ever for young people to develop their critical thinking. That skill, says Georgetown professor William T. Gormley, consists of three elements: a capacity to spot weakness in other arguments, a passion for good evidence, and a capacity to reflect on your own views and values with an eye to possibly change them. But are educators making the development of these skills a priority? "Some teachers embrace critical...
By Iman Rastegari 12/21/2017 2:03 PM EST
Holiday Card
By Iman Rastegari 12/14/2017 10:30 AM EST
Resnick bookcover
The concept of kindergarten — as a place for young children to learn by interacting with materials and people around them — has existed for over 200 years, but never has the approach been so suited to the way the world works as it is today, says Mitchel Resnick, the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab. “That approach to kindergarten is really aligned with the needs of today’s society," says Resnick, citing the need to adapt to the speed at which things change in the world. "As kids in the traditional kindergarten were playfully designing and creating things, they...
By Iman Rastegari 09/21/2017 3:31 PM EDT
Joe Blatt
By Iman Rastegari 08/08/2017 7:43 AM EDT
Is all change good? When it comes to education reform, not necessarily. “It shouldn’t be assumed that change by itself is good…,” says Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’13, co-editor of the new book, Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change with Helen Janc Malone, Ed.M.'07, Ed.D.’13. “It comes down to why we educate people. At the core definition of good is whether it serves the purpose of humanity or not.” Rincón-Gallardo points to reform efforts like high-stakes accountability and testing as examples of bad educational change...
By Iman Rastegari 06/29/2017 4:08 PM EDT
Test prep isn't what it used to be. With technological advances, gone are the days of poring over a three-inch thick manual and filling out Scantron bubbles on sample test sheet after sample test sheet. Now, companies like Kaplan Test Prep offer a variety of digital learning methods, including self-paced online courses and interactive live-streaming for groups. These advances, while making test prep more convenient for all learners, also opens up new possibilities for students who had not previously been able to participate, whether due to geography or other limitations. "It's nice that...
By Iman Rastegari 05/25/2017 4:23 PM EDT
Even in the rain, it was a beautiful day for the graduating class of 2017!
By Iman Rastegari 05/22/2017 4:52 PM EDT
Davis Wimberly
In what has become a Commencement morning tradition, drummer Davis Wimberly, Ed.M.'10, leads the HGSE class from Appian Way to the graduation ceremonies in Harvard Yard.