My parents get magazine subscriptions, so I have the benefit of being able to read BusinessWeek, Fortune, and Newsweek.
There is a short blurb in the May 17, 2004 issue of BusinessWeek that talks about an article from the April 23 issue of Science that “…presents fresh evidence that learning improves when lectures are mostly replaced by hands-on involvement.” They’re talking about changing the way science is taught at universities, but I really think it needs to be applied in all areas of learning. The best business professors I’ve ever had taught through their experiences and real-life examples.
Granted, I attend a public university that has an emphasis on research, but I really wish I saw more of the real world in our classrooms. I hate theory so much.
Something slightly…disturbing…was a short note in the same magazine about MassMutual “offering estate planning with creature comforts in mind.” “Now you can get help setting up a trust fund to ensure that your pet gets quality care when you pass on.”
You’ve got to be kidding me. Trust funds for PETS? I continue to be baffled by the world.