This Week’s Brilliant or Insane Posts

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This weekly recap of popular posts is not only a reminder of what people see as either brilliant or insane, it’s a tribute to you — the reader who makes each post meaningful enough to make the list. Thanks, and please keep reading.

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  1. Surgeons Don’t Need Grades — A smart debate on Twitter about grades led to a tweet about surgeons and grades. That tweet set the wheels in motion for this post.
  2. The Most Important Video Ever — Read the post. Watch the video. Enough said.
  3. If You Want Students to Learn Math, Have Them Write About It — See how a wonderful teacher has her students demonstrate math skills.
  4. 7 Reasons Teachers Should Stop Grading Their Students Forever — In a continuing effort to revolutionize education by eliminating traditional grades, this post explains why teachers should stop placing numbers and letters on our students’ work.
  5. 5 Reasons Homework Destroys Learning — Grades are a hot topic here at Brilliant or Insane, but homework is still stirring the most conversation, as evidenced by this piece — still our most popular post.
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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series, The uNseries, and other books from some of education's most reputable teachers and leaders. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Connect with @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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