The Learning Studio


Most universities continue to follow a blueprint introduced in 1910, which called for two years of in-depth study of the basic sciences followed by two years of clinical experience. A cookie-cutter approach, it means that students spend two years sitting through long lectures and regurgitating facts on tests, followed by the shock treatment in their third year of suddenly dealing with patients in a hospital ward.

“It’s become pretty clear in the last couple of decades that this is probably not the best way to learn something as complex as medicine,” says Randolph Canterbury, the medical school’s senior associate dean for education. “The idea that physicians ought to learn the facts of all these various disciplines—anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and so forth—to the depth that we once thought they should doesn’t make much sense.”

About half of all medical knowledge becomes obsolete every five years. Every 15 years, the world’s body of scientific literature doubles. The pace of change has only accelerated. “The half-life of what I learned in medical school was much longer than what it is today,” adds Canterbury, a professor of psychiatric medicine and internal medicine.

Huh. Who knew? Oh yeah.

So what happens

Articles of Management for Catholic Secondary Schools


1.  In these articles, unless the context otherwise requires, the following words or expressions have the meaning hereby assigned to them respectively: “The School” means the Secondary School referred to in the first Schedule hereto. “Institute” means the Religious Institute or Congregation referred to in the said first schedule hereto, “The Trustees” means the major religious superiors (or such person or persons as may be duly authorised by him or her to act on behalf of such Major Superior) of the aforesaid Religious Institute or Congregation, and in the case of a Diocesan School, the Roman Catholic Archbishop or Bishop, as the case may be, of the Diocese in which the school is situated.

“The Archbishop” or the “Bishop” means the person for the time being holding in accordance with the Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church the office of Archbishop or Bishop of . . ., and during any vacancy in such Diocese, the person or persons who according to the regulations and practice of the Roman Catholic Church is or are for the time being entitled to exercise ecclesiastical jurisdiction as Ordinary

Choosing a secondary school: a teacher’s guide for parents


Choosing a secondary is something of an illusion. In much of the country, there aren’t a huge number within a convenient distance of our homes, and when the various religious schools for whom your child is an inadmissible heretic are stripped out, there may be only one candidate left anyway. Even in urban areas, where there are more schools to choose from, that choice is not all it seems. Nearly all schools use proximity in their admissions policy, so whether you get the school you want rather depends on how many other people with children of the same age live between you and its front gates. Nevertheless, parents can certainly worry about the order in which to place their preferences when the dreaded form lands on the mat.

Ironically, the arrival of an education “marketplace” has done little to clarify choices, and much to obscure them. Schools have become adept at marketing, with glossy brochures, websites and adverts in local papers. The relationship between promotional material and reality is not always close. More than one teacher has found themselves gazing on the angelic