April 2 - April 9, 2017

So much interesting writing this week:

Audrey Watters explores the human tendency to put too much stock in solutionism, and weighs the role of technology in our lives.  As usual, her reflections are trenchant.

The NYT piece on Uber reveals the remarkable degree to which an employer can use psychological mechanisms to compel work.  Education is different from the "gig economy" emerging in spaces like Uber's, but the lessons are applicable, for better or worse, in small small varied ways.

And many others... Enjoy!

FEATURED ARTICLES

Selection Bias In Schools: Admit Eagle Eggs -> Graduate Eagles Frederik deBoer
"When you have a mechanism in place to screen out all of the students with the biggest disadvantages, you end up with an impressive-looking set of alumni. The Admissions procedures at these schools don't determine which students get the benefit of a better education; the perception of a better education is itself an artifact of the admissions procedure. The screening mechanism is the educational mechanism."

On The Growth Of Code-Free Computer Science Principles Courses NYTimes
"Just as children are drilled on the scientific method -- turn observations into a hypothesis, design a control group, do an experiment to test your theory -- the basics of working with computers is being cast as a teachable blueprint."

Shakespeare, Text Analysis, And The End Of Sole Authorship? Literary Hub
"The author is sacred, singular, reified. There is something monotheistic about this idea of the single author-creator; there is something of the primacy of the individual one may see in Caspar David Friedrich's paintings. We write our own work, of course, but writing, and art more broadly, is often collaborative at some level: our all-too-often-acknowledged editors, our reader who make substantial suggestions, the writers we channel or even borrow from."

Audrey Watters And The History Of "The Future Of Education" Hack Education
"We must be more critical about the stories we tell and we're told about the future of education. Indeed, we need to look at histories of the future and ask why certain people have wanted the future to take a certain shape, why certain technologies (and their stories) have been so compelling."



CHARACTER

To Be Happy, Practice Giving The Benefit Of The Doubt Fast Company

Venting Just Makes You Feel Worse Inc.

High School Stress And Anxiety, And How To Deal With It New York Times



COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Uber, Psychological Tricks, And the Gamification Of Work New York Times

Japanese Train Conductors Use Gestures As Checklists Atlas Obscura

4 Strategies For Promoting A Growth Mindset In Reading KQED

Attention: Why We Get Distracted, And How To Focus More Invision



COLLEGE ADVISING

On The Role Of Being A Good Person, In College Applications New York Times



CREATIVITY

Competition Sparks Creativity When Its Exciting, Not Stressful Larry Ferlazzo



CURRICULUM

Medical School Rethinks Pre-Med Only: Admits Humanities Majors KQED

What Do Different Nations Think About Skills In The Curriculum? Brookings



LEADERSHIP

Tech Industry Looks Outside Traditional Applicants For Hiring Fast Company

Three Reasons For Employee Burnout Harvard Business Review



PEDAGOGY

High School Like Pre School: Projects And Fun. Better Or Worse? Hechinger Rpt



STEM

Spinach Leaves Might Provide A Vascular System For Hearts Washington Post

An Illustrated Story Of Ada Lovelace Brain Pickings

Learning Science, Math, And Arts Through Swords And Sorcery KQED



SUSTAINABILITY

Kentucky Coal Museum Installs Solar Panels... USA Today



TECH

What Comes After The Smartphone? Maybe This. Business Insider

The Last Word On Taking Notes On Laptops During Lectures? Daniel Willingham

Elon Musk And The Question Of AI's Threat To Humanity Vanity Fair



WORKPLACE

Work Less, Get More Done: Darwin, Dickens, And Others Nautilus



OTHER

Dynamic Sensory Contrast, And Why You Love Chocolate and PB Mic

Design Is Political Ethan Marcotte

Songs Are Getting Faster, Have Shorter Titles, And Less Musical Intro Pac Stndrd

More On The Declining Stature Of Experts NPR

Reddit Creates An Extraordinary Crowdsourced Work Of Pixel Art Sudo Script