Posts tagged ‘education’

Cover image of Butterick's Practical Typography

Butterick’s Practical Typography—book review

When it comes to publishing on the web, whether it’s websites or eBooks, typography comes pretty low down most people’s lists of priorities. As long as the words are legible, that’s good enough. Now, where’s my hi-res cover illustration and my snazzy logo?

Matthew Butterick’s here to tell us why this approach is all wrong, with his book, Butterick’s Practical Typography.

Read article

Free online courses

These days getting an education doesn’t have to be expensive. There are countless free courses which you can do online, in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. I already posted last year about some fantastic free university courses from Coursera.

Since then I’ve found some more good places offering free online courses. Have a look if you’re interested in getting a bit of free edukayshun.

Read article
The Oatmeal's Twitter Spelling Test

Dave’s spelling bee

Is your spelling as good as you’d like? Or do you feel it lets you down sometimes?

Before reading this article, you might like to try The Oatmeal’s Twitter Spelling Test. There’s only 20 multiple-choice questions, they’re relatively simple, and it doesn’t take long.

Read article

Get some fantastic free university courses!

I discovered Coursera recently. Some of the world’s top universities offer free courses on a wide variety of subjects, including business. The courses are all free, although you can pay a little to have your assessment count towards a formal qualification. I’ve done a couple of the courses so far and found the quality to be very high. Why not have a look and see if there’s anything to suit you?

Read article

Should education be compulsory for children?

In the course of doing a mission on Empire Avenue, I was required to read a blog posting about education. It was a really interesting post and I had plenty to say about the subject. Here’s a brief excerpt from the post:

Why Do We Need Compulsory Schooling?

1: Most students will voluntarily go to school to see their friends.
2. Most will voluntarily go to school in order to get a good job.
3: The child’s brain is by nature wired for learning.

The premise of the article is that educators should make school a more pleasant place to be and then you don’t have to make it compulsory. I agree up to a point. But I also disagree for various reasons.

Read article