April 10 - April 17, 2016

This week has several articles that work well as in depth introductions to contemporary topics: Minecraft, algorithms, etc.

Also, the New York Times sometimes gets things wrong... so did I; how Oliver Burkeman became Oliver Sacks last week, I'm not sure, but that was a mistake.  Mea culpa!

Lastly, look at the feature articles for deep reflections on teaching and time, which might be complemented by the workplace article on overworking.



New To Minecraft?  This Is Your In Depth Introduction
New York Times, 4/14/16
"Minecraft is thus an almost perfect game for our current educational moment, in which policy makers are eager to increase kids' interest in the 'STEM' disciplines -- science, technology, engineering, and math.  Schools and governments have spent millions on 'let's get kids coding' initiatives, yet it may well be that Minecraft's impact will be greater.  This is particularly striking given that the game was not designed with any educational purpose in mind."

On Teaching And Mentoring Students: A Literary Reflection
Literary Hub, 4/14/16
"These questions are what I chase in my days with [my students], and it often takes bouts of frustration and resultant late-night preps to remind me why I'm here--not to teach English or poetry, but to teach [students].  Thank God I have these conduits of literature that constrain me in my yearning to open up the light behind their eyes that seems to be shielded--pains from growing, pains from first loves and first losses, pains from home, pains from our expectations, and pains from the pressure that they must have this mess called life figured out."

A Wordy But Thoughtful, Philosophical Reflection On Pace And Time
Huffington Post, 4/7/16
"In essence, this means that if one has no time, one has also lost oneself.  Distracted by the obligations of everyday activities, we are no longer aware of ourselves.  If we rush from one thing to another and don't miss a single event scheduled for our free time, we will accumulate many experiences.  Yet if we never allow ourselves to calm down but always set out immediately for the next activity, the danger emerges that we will lose ourselves senselessly in a mad rush.  In keeping with the philosophical reflections offered above, this means: no time, no self."


Teen E-Cig Use Up, Cigarette Use Stable
New York Times, 4/14/16


How To Change Negative Bias Into Positive Bias
KQED, 4/14/16


Film Dialog From 2,000 Screenplays, Broken Down By Gender
Polygraph, 4/1/16

Female President Of Harvey Mudd, On Feeling Like An Imposter
Slate, 3/24/16


Shakespeare's Manuscripts: Two Versions Of Sonnet 2, Close Read
New Criterion, 4/1/16

On How To Bring Younger Generations Back to The Voting Booth
New York Times, 4/8/16


Peer Partnerships: Teachers Talking With Teachers Makes Great PD
Harvard Graduate School Of Education, 4/16/16


Knowing Common Wrong Answers Helps Teaching
NPR, 4/16/16


On The Remarkable Resilience Of Print Books
Wired, 4/14/16


Jo Boaler's New Report On Teaching Math Visually
YouCubed, 4/14/16

Algorithms Rule Our World.  Learn About It Here.
Columbia Journalism Review, 4/14/16

XKCD On Algorithm Complexity
XKCD, 4/16/16

Biologists Redraw The Tree Of Life Based On DNA Data
New York Times, 4/11/16


The Risk And Reward Of Immersing Oneself In Work
1843 Magazine, 4/1/16