December 13 - December 20, 2015

While I've been (and remain) confident that online learning opportunities will one day meaningfully supplement in-person education, I'd been skeptical of the claims that college is deeply threatened by online courses and MOOCs.  But then this article comes out about declining college enrollment, and I wonder if the canaries in the coal mine are starting to develop a cough.

This and more... enjoy!

FEATURED ARTICLES

          Bruni: Diversifying School Campuses Must Be Only The First Step
          New York Times, 12/12/15
          "A given [school] may be a heterogenous archipelago.  But most of its students
          spend the bulk of their time on one of many homogenous islands.  That's consistent
          with the splintered state of America today, but it's a betrayal of education's mission
          to challenge ingrained assumptions, disrupt entrenched thinking, broaden the
          frame of reference."


COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Resolving Confusion Makes For Some Of The Best Learning
          NPR, 12/14/15

CREATIVITY

          The Crazy, Forward-Looking Ideas That Work Often Get Shut Down
          Steve Blank, 12/15/15/

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

          Racial Identity And Choice: A Reflection
          Quartz, 12/18/15

EARLY CHILDHOOD

          Some Deliberate Thinking About Childhood Spatial Thinking Skills
          KQED, 12/16/15

HIGHER ED

          US Graduation Rate Hits Record High...
          NPR, 12/15/15

          ...But College Enrollment Drops For The Fourth Straight Year 
          Chronicle of Higher Education, 12/16/15

LEADERSHIP

          How One Principal Dramatically Improved His School
          Hechinger Report, 11/3/15

          Organizational Growth, Part 4: Building An Innovation Outpost
          Steve Blank, 12/17/15

STEM

          Brain Pickings Best Science Books Of 2015
          Brain Pickings, 12/11/15

          10 Great Science Headlines From 2015
          Pacific Standard, 12/16/15

          Stephen Wolfram Tells The True (Long) Story Of Ada Lovelace
          Stephen Wolfram, 12/10/15

          Some Parabola Games By Dan Meyer And Desmos
          Dy/Dan, 12/15/15

          On Labeling The Y-Axis: It Doesn't Have To Start At Zero
          YouTube/Vox, 11/19/15

TECH

          2015 Year In Review: Social Media Activism
          Hack Education, 12/19/15

WORKPLACE

          Eating Together Builds Team Relationships
          Harvard Business Review, 12/1/15

OTHER

          Animated Visualization Of The Typical Day For An American
          Flowing Data, 12/15/15

          Where You Put Your Salad Bar Influences Who Eats From It
          Reuters, 12/11/15