Self-Driving Car Company Cruise Trims Workforce, Closes Pasadena Facility Amid Pandemic

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How to teach students about truth

first_imgWhen Howard Gardner’s book “The Disciplined Mind: Beyond Facts and Standardized Tests, the K-12 Education that Every Child Deserves” was published in 2000, social networking services like Facebook and Twitter and the online resource Wikipedia were still off on the information superhighway’s horizon.Since then, the Harvard professor and developmental psychologist has experienced the digital revolution himself and has spent time talking with and observing his children, as well as his students who are products of the hyper-connected age. As a result, Gardner said he realized he needed to revisit his original work, which argued for a kindergarten to 12th grade education that teaches students to understand the values of truth, beauty, and goodness.So his latest book is called “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed.” He discussed the new work on Thursday at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Tailoring his talk to the educators in the crowd, he explored how teachers can approach the three principles in an age when information overload and postmodern cynicism threaten good judgment and reason.Gardner, who popularized the concept of multiple intelligences in learning with his previous work, said he cast the digital world as a villain in his new book because it challenges truth with its ever-changing information, tests the idea of beauty with programs like Photoshop, and confronts goodness with issues of ownership, authorship, copyright, privacy, identity, and trust. Postmodern and relative perspectives are also villains in his new work, he said, because they question the notion of who decides what is good and true, and they argue that “beauty is a thing of the past.”But there is hope for these qualities yet, said the HGSE’s John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education. By exploring how people reach conclusions, whether in the academic disciplines like science or history, or in the workplace, he said, one can get at the truth of a matter.“What we really need to convey to students of any age is methods used in each discipline.”He compared a reporter at the Financial Times, who is subject to rigorous controls and fact checking, to a blogger who can “say what he or she thinks” without any obligation toward research or reporting standards.“More and more education needs to focus on the methods that people use in order to make the assertions that they do,” Gardner said.The good news, he said, is that with the onrush of cyber information, “The chances of figuring out what’s true now are greater than any time in human history, if you are willing to spend the time to do it.”For Gardner, the notion of beauty involves three important traits. While the quality can appear in many forms, like a work of art, a conversation, a trip, or a meal, something truly beautiful must grab your attention, it must be memorable, and it must be worth revisiting.To nourish this notion of beauty, educators should encourage students to develop their own “portfolios,” he said, whether physical, virtual, or “in our heads,” that are made up of personal beautiful experiences and images. But, he cautioned, “What we like should not be completely unjustifiable … we have to be able to show that what we value is different from what we don’t value.”According to Gardner, the principle of goodness can be broken down into the categories of “neighborly morality” and “the ethics of roles.” Neighborly morality “is about how we deal with people we see every day,” he said, embodied in the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.His concept of the “ethics of roles” is more nuanced and involves “how we relate to people in a modern, complex, highly differentiated, division-of-labor kind of society.”Unlike neighborly morality, which addresses the purely personal realm, he said the ethics of roles can be applied to good work and good citizenship. Good work, which he deemed technically excellent, personally engaging, and carried out in an ethical manner, also characterizes good citizenship.“The good citizen doesn’t just ask, ‘What’s good for me?’ He or she asks, ‘What’s good for the polity?’ ”Gardner tries to help young people develop “ethical muscles” by getting them to engage with examples of real ethical dilemmas and the means of working through them.For educators, he suggested creating a “commons,” a place where students, teachers, and staff members can write about the ethical problems they’ve encountered and how they have tried to deal with them.“Having people talk openly about the dilemmas they face and how they deal with them,” he said, “has potential.”last_img read more

Imperfect Orange win at Louisville puts SU in national conversation

first_img Published on January 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm LOUISVILLE, Ky. — To beat No. 1 Louisville on the road, Syracuse would certainly have to put together one of its best performances of the season.The Orange players knew they couldn’t come out flat and expect to win as they did against South Florida. They knew they couldn’t do just enough to get by as they did against Providence.They needed to play great to beat the Cardinals. Anything less was sure to end in a loss.“We just wanted to come out here and play one of our best games,” SU guard Brandon Triche said, “which we didn’t.”And yet, Syracuse still left the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday with its biggest win of the season, a 70-68 comeback victory over the favored Cardinals, effectively ending UofL’s reign atop the AP Poll after one week while thrusting itself back into the discussion with the nation’s elite.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Triche said, SU’s performance was far from perfect.Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams, an All-American candidate, looked lost at times against Louisville’s unforgiving defense and finished with eight turnovers compared to seven assists. The Orange’s frontcourt trio of Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman and Baye Moussa Keita were virtually nonexistent offensively, scoring a combined nine points. And don’t forget, the absence of James Southerland, the team’s second-leading scorer, also meant the absence of its best 3-point shooter – leaving all the weight on Triche’s shoulders in this big-time showdown between the Big East’s best.To beat No. 1 Louisville on the road, Syracuse would certainly have to be better than that.But the Orange overcame every obstacle, making the imperfect victory all the more impressive. SU made a statement with this win, announcing itself as one of the teams in the national title hunt to anyone who wasn’t quite sure.No. 6 Syracuse proved that it belongs alongside Indiana, Duke, Kansas, Michigan and Louisville – the top-5 teams in the country that all received votes for the top spot last Monday.Just ask Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.His club was on a roll, ripping off 11 straight wins since its lone previous loss to Duke. Behind their smothering defense and balanced lineup, Louisville was never tied and never trailed an opponent in the final 10 minutes of its previous 10 games.“It’s not easy to beat our basketball team and they did it so they deserve a lot of credit,” Pitino said.Credit goes to Triche for pouring in 18 of his team-high 23 points in the first half to keep Syracuse in the game; and for taking over at point guard – becoming the team’s primary ball handler while Carter-Williams moved off the ball – where he calmly got the offense started against the Cardinals pressure.Credit goes to Carter-Williams for overcoming the rough first half, in which he turned it over six times, to spearhead Syracuse’s late comeback. The sophomore scored 11 of his team’s final 13 points, assisted on the other and came up with two game-clinching steals to shock Louisville in the final minute.Credit goes to Jerami Grant for playing a solid all-around game in a career-high 35 minutes as he replaces Southerland in the rotation. The freshman played poised and in control, hitting his share of big shots to finish with 10 points.And credit goes to C.J. Fair for quietly logging 40 minutes in yet another steady performance. The lefty forward gave Syracuse an experienced presence in the lane on both ends of the floor and chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.In the words of Triche, “it’s all about team” for Syracuse.“If one person’s struggling, someone else is going to do it,” the senior guard said. “That’s what we did tonight.”They also proved, despite their flaws, that they’re one of the best teams in the nation.There’s still plenty of basketball to be played, but this victory meant a little more than any other so far this year.That much was clear as the buzzer sounded and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim gave a rare display of excitement, giving a sweeping fist pump before walking toward the Louisville bench to shake Pitino’s hand.But Boeheim was quick to dismiss any significance of the win over the No. 1 team and conference favorite at the podium after the game.“I think they’ll be the team to beat in the country when it all comes down in the end,” Boeheim said of Louisville.By season’s end, Syracuse could be the team to beat. Whether Boeheim likes it or not, after Saturday, his team’s in the discussion.Ryne Gery is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] Comments Related Stories WINGS CLIPPED: No. 6 Syracuse beats No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on road behind Carter-Williams’ clutch 2nd-half playFreshman Grant continues stellar play, finishes with 10 points in win over LouisvilleTriche holds off Louisville early, earns praise from Pitino in upset of No. 1 LouisvilleDefensive struggle, late heroics mirror 2012 Syracuse win at LouisvillePoll: After upsetting No. 1 Louisville, where should Syracuse be ranked?center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more