January 22 - January 29, 2017

A short issue, but with some timely and important pieces.

In the face of the fake news phenomenon, a clarion call has sounded for better media literacy.  This is has seemed apt, but not thought out.  The featured Quartz article on civic competence and participation is the article I've been waiting for, including simple ideas for lessons and assignments.

Also, the two other feature articles this week highlight approaches to managing vices: substances or technology.  Good, concrete recommendations in both.



How To Foster Civic Competence And Responsibility
Quartz, 1/23/17
"To holistically prepare this new generation for life in an open society, what's needed is a new model for high school civics, one that integrates American history and government, critical thinking, media literacy, and digital literacy.  The goal of such an education should not be merely to instill understanding of our online civic landscape, but how to navigate and participate in it in constructive and meaningful ways: Not what to think, but how to think."

How Iceland Made Massive gains In Preventing Teen Substance Abuse
Atlantic, 1/19/17
"Today, Iceland tops the European table for cleanest-living teens.  The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 percent in 1998 to 5 percent in 2016.  The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 percent to 7 percent.  Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 percent to just 3 percent.  The way the country has achieved this turnaround has been both radical and evidence-based, but it has relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense."

Meditation On Reclaiming One's Attention From Mobile Technology
BackChannel, 1/13/17
"There is a qualitative and quantitative difference between a day that begins with a little exercise, a book, a meditation, a good meal, a thoughtful walk, and the start of a day that begins with a smartphone in bed."


How Some Colleges Use Their Financial Aid Budgets
Hechinger Report, 1/24/17


How Much Should Politics Enter The Classroom, An Interview
NPR, 8/6/15

1984 And Other Books Surge In Sales
Atlantic, 1/25/17


Google Graphs And Charts 2016's Top Word Definition Searches
Google trends, 1/26/17


A Handful Of Classroom Strategies For Discussing Literature In Class
Wiley Online, 11/26/16


Writing Tips From The Business World
Harvard Business Review, 9/28/16


The UN Gets Behind Video Games For Teaching Empathy/Politics
Polygon, 1/24/17

Help Test A Teacher-Made App For Audio Recording A Class
Learning and the Brain, 1/25/17

Ancient Andean Culture Anticipates The Internet Of Things
New York Times, 1/21/17