March 2 - March 9, 2014

A call to change our math curricula, a new way to read, a reinvention of the SAT, and more.  Lots of new things going on this week...

FEATURED ARTICLES

          Let's Teach Calculus in Kindergarten
          Atlantic, 3/3/14
          "The current sequence [of math] is merely an entrenched historical accident that 
          strips much of the fun out of what she describes as the 'playful universe' of 
          mathematics... Mathematics is fundamentally about patterns and structures, rather 
          than 'little manipulations of numbers.'"

          Does EdTech Really Help Teach English?
          New York Times, 3/3/14
          "Being able to poke at words on screen and have them spin out videos for us could 
          be compelling in the short term... but I'm not sure it's intellectually fruitful."

          Digital Adolescence Means Kids Avoid Adults More Than Ever
          Financial Times, 2/28/14
          "Young people have slowly been deprived of agency, spare time, and the ability to 
          socialize in public spaces that is crucial to coming of age.  Against this backdrop, 
          social media is not so much a drip-feed of digital narcotic as a release valve for 
          circumscribed lives."


ADOLESCENCE

          Kids Make Their Friends in Class (and This Affects Course Selection)
          Brilliant Blog, 3/6/14

ARTS

          How Music Is (And Isn't) A Language
          Pacific-Standard, 2/26/14

ASSESSMENT 

          So, There's a New SAT...
          New York Times, 3/5/14

          ...And Here's Where the New SAT Comes From
          New York Times, 3/5/14

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Mindfulness Improves Focus
          Brilliant Blog, 3/3/14

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS 

          Summertime is Now A Time of Stress
          Boston Globe, 3/5/14

DISPOSITIONS 

          What is the History of Angela Duckworth's Work on Grit?
          Farnam Street, 2/25/14

DIVERSITY

          What's It Like to Be Black At Harvard?
          Washington Post, 3/5/14

HIGHER ED 

          College May No Longer Level the Playing Field
          New York Times, 3/1/14

HUMANITIES 

          Grammar is Dead.  Long Live Grammar!
          Prospect Magazine, 2/20/14

          Who Knew That Teddy Roosevelt Was Such a Prolific Reader?
          Farnam Street, 2/28/14

          Why Storytelling is the New Startup Skill Set
          ReadWrite, 2/25/14

PEDAGOGY

          On Having the Courage to Teach Like a Champion
          Huffington Post, 1/25/11

READING/WRITING

          Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life"
          Farnam Street, 2/26/14

          An Entirely New Way to Read.  For Some, It Will Be Much Easier.
          Fast Company, 3/3/14

STEM

          Are Our Math Curricula Hopelessly Old Fashioned?
          L.A. Times, 3/2/14

          How Do We Solve the Crisis in Scientific Publishing?
          Pacific Standard, 2/28/14

WORKPLACE

          Google, Facebook, Twitter: How Office Space Fosters Innovation
          New York Times, 3/4/14

OTHER

          Does Beauty in Language Come From Familiarity with its Sounds?
          Smart Set, 3/4/14