May 21 - May 28, 2017

Some great pieces this week.

Several articles across several sections address lying and dishonesty.  Where do they come from? In what ways do people lie? How does lying change over a lifetime?  The National Geographic piece is most thorough, and the piece under leadership feels like a modernization of Orwell's "Politics of the English Language."

Also, the post on Facebook's censorship standards offers really interesting insight into how one patrols character at scale.

Much more this week, including an article for musicians on how innovations in Beyonce's music follow a parallel structure to surrounding culture. A terrific read if you know music theory.

Enjoy these and more!



Data Scientist Writes On How To Be Both Data Driven And Creative Medium
"The idea here is that we should use data as information, not as insight. Put another way, it's not about the ingredients, it's about the cook."

8 Lessons From Gallup's 2016 Student Poll Gallup
"3) Many students have a best friend at school, but few get to do what they do best every day. 4) Getting to do what they do best drives high school students' perception of success at school."


When A News Source Finds Admissions Notes On A Racial Subset BuzzFeed


William Sanders, 74, Creator Of Value-Added Teacher Measures New York Times

Can We Better Define "Competency-Based Education"? EdSurge
"'When we say Competency Based Education, we're typically referring to three different things,' says Fisher: philosophy, policy, and practice. There are debates within each of those lenses--and aligning all three may well be impossible."

How One School Is Creating An E-Portfolio System EdSurge


20 Ways To Build Resilience Hey Sigmund

Understanding Lying: Why People Do It, How Skill At It Develops Nat'l Geographic
"What drives this increase in lying sophistication is the development of a child's ability to put himself or herself in someone else's shoes. Known as theory of mind, this is the facility we acquire for understanding the beliefs, intentions, and knowledge of others. Also fundamental to lying is the brain's executive function: the abilities required for planning, attention, and self-control. The two-year-olds who lied in lee's experiments performed better on tests of theory of mind and executive function that those who didn't."

Happiness Comes From Recognizing What You Can (And Can't) Control Aeon
"Once you begin paying attention, the dichotomy of control has countless applications to everyday life, and all of them have to do with one crucial move: shifting your goals from external outcomes to internal achievements."


Some Ways In Which A Little Disorder Can Lead To Creativity 99u


NH School Requires Twice A Week Internships Hechinger Report


Why New Orleans Removed Four Confederate Monuments [Video] Mitch Landrieu
"Think about all the people who have left New Orleans because of our exclusionary attitudes. Another friend asked me to consider these four monuments from the perspective of an African American mother or father trying to explain to their fifth grade daughter who Robert E. Lee is and why he stands atop our beautiful city."


On Music, Politics, And The Revolutionary Innovation Of Beyonce Eidolon


Language Lies, Politics, And Meaning (Orwell Redux) New York Review of Books
"Using words to lie destroys language. Using words to cover up lies, however subtly, destroys language. Validating incomprehensible drivel with polite reaction also destroys language. This isn't merely a question of the prestige of the writing art or the credibility of the journalistic trade: it is about the basic survival of the public sphere."


3 Tips For Coaching Employees Gallup


Chinese Company Trains US Coal Miners To Be Wind Farmers Quartz


What Do Facebook's Censorship Standards Mean For Discourse? Guardian
"The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets, and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism, and self-harm."

Valets: En Route To Being Replaced By Robots Mic

How Is EdX Doing? Chronicle of Higher Education

Put Down Your Phone: You'll Experience More Beauty In The World Artsy


Comparing The Subway Map To Actual Geography Of Major Cities Digg


A Long Meditation On The Casualification Of Office Dress First Things
"At the end of the twentieth century, dress underwent another great change; call it the 'Tailored Renunciation" or the "Casual Revolution." Underlying it is not the triumph of one class, but rather the loss among all classes of a sense of occasion. By 'occasion' I mean an event out of the ordinary, a function other than our daily lives, an experience for which we take special care and preparation, at which we act and speak and comport ourselves differently--events which could be called ritualistic in matters of propriety and appearance... It can now be said that this sort of outward sign or almost any of the older outwards signs of ritual are considered pure snobbery."