May 7 - May 14, 2017

Lots going on in this short issue.

Several articles across several topics engage the tools of thought that make up the work of different disciplines.  It has long seemed to me that there is a kind of unity in the complementary relationships between the skills of different disciplines.  This unity in diversity is part of what we mean when we refer to a liberal arts education--but who among us can confidently name the specific skills that each discipline teaches?  Articles across this week's issue--from the four ways to find truth to the reimagined transcript to the argument for the humanities and others--they all fill in pieces of this portrait.  Their value might be more in their amalgam than in any particular one.

Much else, including some Mission Impossible-style academic dishonesty.




4 Ways To Find Truth--From Math, Law, Science, & History Harvard GSE
"Similar to arguments in law, but unlike those in mathematics, scientific arguments may not need to be perfect for them to be successful.  What's more important is clearly communicating the relationships between an argument and the evidence."

"4 Standout College Application Essays On Work, Money, And Class" NYTimes
"The truth, I recently learned, was that not all service is created equal... But I was taught all work is noble, especially the work we do for others.  Slowly, my mother's gingham apron began to look more like metal armor.  I learned how to worship my parents' gift for attentive listening, easily hearing the things guests were incapable of asking for--not sugar with their tea, but somebody to talk with while they waited for a conference call."


Mastery Transcript Consortium Earns Major Grant, Momentum Inside Higher Ed


There's A "World Happiness Summit" Outside


Students Aren't Always (But Can Be) Strategic About Resource Use Stanford


Is Being Busy The Biggest Obstacle To Being Creative? Quartz


"Seven Facts About Gender You Should Know" Huffington Post

Understanding Cultural Appropriation In The Arts The Globe and Mail


A Breakdown Of College Debt By Gender, Race, And Family Priceonomics


In Defense Of The Humanities, When More Schools Are Cutting Them Guardian
"Those of us who teach and study are aware of what these areas of learning provide: the ability to think critically and independently; to tolerate ambiguity; to see both sides of an issue; to look beneath the surface of what we are being told; to appreciate the ways in which language can help us understand one another more clearly and profoundly -- or, alternately, how language can conceal and misrepresent.  They help us learn how to think, and they equip us to live in -- to sustain -- a democracy."

Literary Genre Preferences Seem To Reflect Moral Perspectives Pacific Standard
"Fans of science fiction and fantasy, as well as literary fiction, lean toward a more permissive moral style. Romance and mystery readers, in contrast, tend to abide by a more rigid sense of right and wrong."


Black English And The Ethics Of Leadership New Yorker


At Google, Hiring, Raises, And Evaluation Are By Consensus Inc.


On Focusing On Content, Not Form, In Writing Instruction Washington Post
"There are no rubrics, no rules, no strategies. There is audience and need, and the problem must be solved."


Computer Science Priorities: Coding Or Algorithmic Thinking? Bright


The Internet Of Things: Asthma Inhalers Go Digital PBS

8 Ways To Protect Your Digital Identity New York Times

The Story Of Google's Path To Ubiquity In Education New York Times

Machine Learning... For Middle School? Stephen Wolfram


Start Times And Rising Test Scores: More Sleep Or More Sun? Chalkbeat


"Is Verbal Rejection Better Than Being Ignored?" University of Basel

Graduation Rate Is Climbing For All Demographics AP

Tips For Running EdCamps Or Unconferences KQED

"Student Arrested After Crawling Into A Duct To Steal An Exam New York Times