February 7 - February 14, 2016

Lots on character this week: grit, resilience, stress, and more.

Also, the extracurricular math story is the most recent piece by Peg Tyre, whose Atlantic article on the writing curriculum in New Dorp started a nation-wide conversation on writing.  This is a good look at math outside of class.

In addition to the other excellent feature articles, the primer on ADD/ADHD is a terrific, careful look at a sometimes-contentious topic.

Lots to see this week... Enjoy!


On The Sudden State Of Digital Dependency
New York Review of Books, 2/25/16
"Our transformation into device people has happened with unprecedented suddenness.  The first touchscreen-operated iPhones went on sale in June 2007, followed by the first Android-powered phones the following year.  Smartphones went from 10 percent to 40 percent market penetration faster than any other consumer technology in history.  In the United States, adoption hit 50 percent only three years ago.  Yet today, not carrying a smartphone indicates eccentricity, social marginalization, or old age."

On The Explosive Growth Of Extra Curricular (And Joyous) Math
Atlantic, 3/1/16
"Many of these programs--especially the camps, competitions, and math circles--create a unique culture and a strong sense of belonging for students who have a zest for the subject but all the awkwardness and uneven development of the typical adolescent."

Where Resilience Comes From: Positive Framing & Locus Of Control
New Yorker, 2/11/16
"From a young age, resilient children tended to 'meet the world on their own terms.' They were autonomous and independent, would seek out new experiences, and had a 'positive social orientation.'...  Perhaps most importantly, the resilient children had what psychologists call an 'internal locus of control.: they believed that they, and not their circumstances, affected their achievements.  The resilient children saw themselves as the orchestrators of their own fates.  In fact, on a scale that measured locus of control, they scored more than two standard deviations away from the standardization group."

Teens Today Are Safer Than When You Were A Teen.  Here's Data.
Vox, 2/12/16
"Most of the survey questions show that today's teenagers are among the best-behaved on record.  They smoke less, drink less, and have sex less than the previous generation.  They are, comparatively, a mild-mannered bunch who will probably shoo away from your lawn quite respectfully (and probably wouldn't dare set foot on your lawn to begin with!).  This is different from what adults typically expect."

SAT and ACT Become Federal Standards Exams... Wait, What?
EdSurge, 2/8/16
"Already, the U.S. Department of Education has approved three states--Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire--to use the SAT as a high school assessment for federal accountability purposes... With the transition time and resources that ESSA provides, educators have an optimal moment to consider whether college prep tests can play the role of a national testing standard--or there should be a national testing standard at all.  In fact, Tony Wagner brings it back to what the students, teachers, and districts want. 'I think the whole area of testing is ripe for a radical redesign,' he says.


Image Overload: Living In The Age Of Instagram And Snapchat
The Conversation, 2/10/16

How To Use Snapchat Like A Pro 13 Year Old
BuzzFeed, 2/8/16


What Is The New SAT?
New York Times, 2/8/16


4 Ways To Manage Stress
Guardian, 2/7/16

15 Ways To Manage Stress
Business Insider, 1/23/16

Uh-Oh: Maybe Grit Isn't Such A Strong Success Indicator?
King's College London, 2/11/16


More Exercise = Better Math Scores?
Washington Post, 2/9/16

ADD/ADHD: A Clear And Thorough Primer
Washington Post, 2/7/16


A Day In The Life Of The Creative Class
Format, 2/1/16


What Skills Are Business Recruiters Looking For?
Bloomberg, 2/9/16


Software Code Written By Women Is Used At A Higher Rate
Guardian, 2/12/16

Companies With More Women Executives Are More Profitable
Quartz, 2/8/16


A Reminder That Learning Is Best When It's Play (via Preschool)
NPR, 2/9/16


The State Of Hiring In Higher Ed History Departments
American Historical Association, 2/1/16


Your Students Can Transcribe History For The Smithsonian
Atlas Obscura, 2/10/16


Distributed Leadership: What It Is, And How To Bring It To Your School
Bain & Co., 1/14/16


Mindfulness and Meditation Continue To Grow In Schools
CNN, 2/9/16


Students Still (Overwhelmingly) Prefer Reading On Paper
Digital Trends, 2/7/16


Tools --> Data --> Theory --> Understanding... (Via Brain Science)
Edge, 2/12/16


The Latest On The Hyperloop
Fast Company, 2/3/16

On Algorithms In Education: To What End, Personalization?
Medium, 2/9/16


How Do Later School Start Times Actually Affect Kids?
THE Journal, 2/5/16


Evolution Of New York Times Crossword Hints 
New York Times, 2/6/16