How to measure how well the MBTA (or your instruction) is working

tmap2-croppedAccording to Walk Score, Boston ranks #3 on their list of transit-friendly cities (see the rankings), with its Transit Score falling in the “Excellent Transit” category. If, like me, you rely on the MBTA and routinely watch multiple over-crowded trains go by before managing to squeeze onto one or spend over an hour on a five-mile commute, you might be scratching your head over how Boston could achieve such a high ranking. How exactly did they measure the quality of public transportation? 1 Have the folks at Walk Score ever ridden the T?

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What Sticks Out From Make It Stick

9780674729018With the expansion of access to the internet and the launch of the “Information Age,” some educators began to argue that the focus of learning should not be retrieval from memory. Instead, they called for a focus on teaching students how to access and use the vast amount of information available at their fingertips. However, others pushed back on the idea that memorization is no longer important. In their book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel support this argument and present ideas on right (and wrong) strategies for learning.

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