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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 4

“At the beginning of each semester, I tell students that my economic theory course will deal with positive, non-normative economic theory. I also tell them that if they hear me making a normative statement without first saying, ‘In my opinion,” they are to raise their hands and say, ‘Professor Williams, we didn’t take this class to be indoctrinated with your personal opinions passed off as economic theory; that’s academic dishonesty.’ I also tell them that as soon as they hear me say, ‘In my opinion,’ they can stop taking notes because my opinion is irrelevant to the subject of the class — economic theory.” ~Dr. Walter E. Williams, Economics for the Citizen

 

 

 


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Dr. Walter E. Williams, Economics Legend

 there is a sad item in the news today…

Dr. Walter E. Williams, an Economics Legend passed away (March 31, 1936 – December 2, 2020). Dr. Williams was not only an Economist but also the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of economics at George Mason University in Virginia. Dr. Williams was also an author and commentator in economics, education, and history. My Dad took us kids to hear him speak and/or listen to him discuss ideas when both were students at UCLA (in those days, university commons were like Malls of Ideas; there were many impromptu gatherings of people who would meet to just discuss topics and ideas). Growing up, in my family, our allowance was tied to choren and reading essays by great thinkers. Dr. Walter E. Williams was frequently on the reading list for the week. “Economics for the Citizen” remains a must read! In 2005, some of Dr. Williams’ essays were collected in a book, now digitized on Google Books, including a digital version of “Economics for the Citizen” 

Of the many quotes attributed to Dr. Williams, here are two:

“I personally believe that economics is fun and valuable. People who say they found it a nightmare in college just didn’t have a good teacher-professor. I became a good teacher-professor as a result of tenacious mentors during my graduate study at UCLA. Professor Armen Alchian, a very distinguished economist, used to give me a hard time in class. But one day, we were having a friendly chat during our department’s weekly faculty/graduate student coffee hour, and he said, ‘Williams, the true test of whether someone understands his subject is whether he can explain it to someone who doesn’t know a darn thing about it.’ That’s a challenge I love: making economics fun and understandable.” ~Dr. Walter E. Williams, Economics for the Citizen

 

This quote helped shape my teaching philosophy:

“At the beginning of each semester, I tell students that my economic theory course will deal with positive, non-normative economic theory. I also tell them that if they hear me making a normative statement without first saying, ‘In my opinion,” they are to raise their hands and say, ‘Professor Williams, we didn’t take this class to be indoctrinated with your personal opinions passed off as economic theory; that’s academic dishonesty.’ I also tell them that as soon as they hear me say, ‘In my opinion,’ they can stop taking notes because my opinion is irrelevant to the subject of the class — economic theory.” ~Dr. Walter E. Williams, Economics for the Citizen

Also, the correspondence between Dr. Williams and Dr. Thomas Sowell (another giant of critical thinking) is featured in the book “A Man of Letters” also available to read online at the GCU Library

Rest in peace, Dr. Williams

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 28

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” ~Doris Day

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

What Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

               “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, …, to set apart and observe the last Thursday
of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I
recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him …, they do also, with humble penitence for
our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans,
mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the
interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with
Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.” ~October 3, 1863

 

HappyTeagueThanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reference

Lincoln and Thanksgiving (2016). https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/lincoln-and-thanksgiving.htm

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Happy Fibonacci Day ~ November 23

Happy Fibonacci Day! Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (aka Leonardo Fibonacci) (1170-1250) created the Fibonacci Sequence in 1225 to solve the puzzle of rabbit breeding rates. It has since been found to occur widely in nature.

Today’s date corresponds to the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence – 1 1 2 3

This video offers a exposition of the patterns recurring in the Fibonacci sequence

This video synergizes the number sequence to music.

There is a lively discussion already on Twitter at the hashtag #FibonacciDay and #MathMonday

 

FindingFibonacciOne book that approaches Fibonacci and his life and work is the extremely interesting book called Finding Fibonacci by Keith Devlin

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 20

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Thanksgiving Resources from TCEA

Excellent Thanksgiving Resources from Peggy Reimers at the Texas Computer Educators’ Association (TCEA): 

https://blog.tcea.org/treat-yourself-to-thanksgiving/ 

 

Thanksgiving

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5 Life Tips from Finland, the Happiest Country in the World

5 Life Tips from Finland, the Happiest Country in the World ~~ Please note that the 2nd tip is “Read, Read, Read.” 🙂

 

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Post Link: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/finlands-secrets-for-being-the-happiest-country-in-the-world

 

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Author Study by PBS TeacherLine grad students

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Keep up with the latest information at the #PBSReaders4Life hashtag.

Remember, you do not need a Twitter account to see hashtag information. Just go to twitter.com and enter the hashtag you wish to search (such as #PBSReaders4Life) and results will display. Click “Latest” to see the most current content.

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 13

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what is read ours.”
~John Locke

 

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