April 23 - April 30, 2017

Many compelling pieces to explore this week.

First, wow: the feature article about entering adulthood is a wonderful meditation on the move of idealism to realism, somehow filled both with sadness and sustained hope.  It is a lovely read, at times poignant, at times humorous.  I read it twice.  Intended for college graduates, valuable for students of all ages, and for ourselves.

Also, how do our narratives about mindsets, passion, and grit intersect with challenges surrounding burnout, stereotype threat, and the emotional reality inherent in interpersonal activities like education?  A thoughtful piece in the character section.

Good PD pieces, as well, this week from the Gates Foundation.  And the second feature, about accountability, is really about a culture shift from isolation to openness and collaboration.  (And can we reconcile this with the time demands indicated by the piece on creativity?)

Lots to mull over.  Enjoy!

Pete


FEATURED ARTICLES

"The Survivor's Guide To Adulthood" Yale Daily News
"The happiness of adulthood is not as intoxicating as the rapture of youth, but is perhaps more valuable because it is not narcissistic and thus can be truly shared. After doing the dishes, my fiancee and I sit on the couch with nothing but the Christmas lights on, listening to the sound of cars on Chapel Street. We sit there with the long day finished, our shapes reflected on the window, dark masses surrounded by speckles of light inside a room of no great size. And I think, this is enough. But something pricks me from inside. The question: Will I ever change the world. I remember what I had aspired to be three years ago: a hero like Hercules or Prometheus."

Rethinking Accountability For Educators Brookings
"Behavioral science has identified four discrete accountability mechanisms: evaluation, identifiability, reason-giving, and the mere presence of another. Good professional accountability practices will employ all four behavioral mechanisms, though in various ways. Consider the practice of medicine: Doctors must pass a series of exams to be certified for practice (evaluation)l board certifications for specializations are publicly reported (identifiability); medical rounds require doctors to explain cases and treatment plans to their colleagues (reason-giving); and surgery is conducted with other hospital staff attending (mere presence of another)."




ADOLESCENCE

Is Hookup Culture Greatly Exaggerated? Pacific Standard




ATHLETICS

Another Report On The Value Of Interval Training (For Older People) Inc.
"In non-science terms, the group who did interval training experienced changes that increased both the amount and the health of their mitochondria--especially the people in the older age group."




CHARACTER

Does Being Nice Actually Pay Off In The End? New York Times
"Enviable as the cool kids may have seemed, Dr. Prinstein's studies show negative consequences."

Against Mindsets, Passion, And Grit - Education Is Emotional Long View on Ed.
"If we understand the inherent structural inequalities that lurk below the surface of emotional labor, we might all hesitate before asking teachers and students to pledge their allegiance to passion and grit."




COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Everyone's Talking About Sleep: The Army, Business, Silicon Valley... NYTimes
"For years, studies upon studies have shown how bad sleep weakens the immune system, impairs learning and memory, contributes to depression and other mood and mental disorders, as well as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and an early death. (Sedated sleep -- hello Ambien -- has been shown to be as deleterious as poor sleep.)




COLLEGE ADVISING

On The Surprisingly Large Role Of Imagination In The College Decision NYTimes




CREATIVITY

Many Creative People Schedule Time Differently Cal Newport
"But there's another way of using time that's common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least.  You can't write a program well in units of an hour. That's barely enough time to started."




CURRICULUM

More Arts, Says The National Center For Education Statistics New York Times

We Know More Than We Did Before.  Or Do We? New York Times




DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

After Pepsi Flop, Now Heineken Is Trying To Solve Inclusion Issues Fast Company

College / K-12 Partnerships Bring Socioeconomic Diversity New York Times
"During high school, their first class every day is taught in a room in U.S.C's campus, so that college is demystified and becomes a fixed part of their vocabularies."




HIGHER ED

And Now A Law School Is Closing. Is Law School At Risk, Too? EdSurge

Purdue University Buys For-Profit Kaplan University. Huh? Chron. of Higher Ed.




HUMANITIES

The Globe Theater Takes Hamlet To (Nearly) Every Country New York Times




PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

"3 Key Elements For High Quality Professional Learning" Gates Foundation

On Giving Teachers Control Over How Shared Time Is Spent Gates Foundation




READING/WRITING

"8... Middle Grade Novels For Kids Interested In Social Justice" Barnes & Noble

When Reading A Book Requires Editing A Book, And Sharing It Guardian

Trials In Collaborative Writing: 6000 Wiki-Edits To Define Happiness Quartz

An Interview With Jill Lepore About Writing Public Books
"I'm baffled by the idea that reaching a wider audience involves using smaller words, as if there's some inverse correlation between the size of your audience and your vocabulary."




SUSTAINABILITY

Recycled Material Is Losing Value, And The Market For It Is Shrinking USA Today

NASA: Different Houseplants Clean Chemicals From The Air Love The Garden




TECH

Artificial Intelligence Writes A Beatles Song Silicon Angle

Artificial Intelligence Writes A Bach Chorale MIT Technology Review




OTHER

Parents, Schools, Debate Whether Kids Should Have Homework New York Times

Just Who Are Millennials, Anyway? New York Magazine

Please Allow Fidget Devices The ASIDE Blog

Please Get Rid Of Fidget Devices Guardian

On How To Get From Good To Great New York Magazine