June 4 - June 11, 2017

Summer is nigh...

This week's feature article about rescinding admission isn't so much about Harvard as it is about the lessons learned regarding the media lives of teens.  This is a remarkably stark example of how actions (even online actions) have consequences in the real world.  If only human beings learned from others' examples, our jobs as educators would be much easier...

Lots more this week!



Harvard Rescinds At Least Ten Acceptances For Obscene Memes Crimson
"The description for the official Facebook group for the Class of 2021, set up and maintained by the Admissions Office, disclaims all administrative responsibility for "unofficial groups" and warns members their admissions offers can be rescinded under specific circumstances. 'As a reminder, Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions including if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character,' the descriptions reads."

Walking, Especially In Nature, Helps Us Think New Yorker
"The way we move our bodies further changes the nature of our thoughts, and vice versa.  Psychologists who specialize in exercise music have quantified what many of us already know: listening to songs with high tempos motivates us to run faster, and the swifter we move, the quicker we prefer our music.  Likewise, when drivers hear loud, fast music, they unconsciously step a bit harder on the gas pedal.  Walking at our own pace creates an unadulterated feedback loop between the rhythm of our bodies and our mental state that we cannot experience as easily when we're jogging at the gym, steering a car, biking, or during any other kind of locomotion."


The Other Talk Parents Should Have With Their Kids: Pornography NYTImes
"She said both parents and children may be uncomfortable talking specifically about the content but can talk about the ways that sex is part of a relationship, the ways that people should treat one another..." 


Character Reports Are Growing More Popular. Here Is What They Rate EdWeek
"While some include the traits on traditional report cards, others include them on progress reports they send home periodically.  Most schools ask teachers to craft the student ratings using a variety of questionnaires." 


On The Importance And Benefits Of Caring KQED


Creative Ideas Come More Easily By Reframing The Problem Harv. Bus. Review


What F. Scott Fitzgerald Thought Of The Great Gatsby Big Think


A Short Look At The Linguistic Purpose Of Uptalk Lifehacker

Two Polyglots Meet Randomly, Converse In 15 Languages YouTube


Why You Should Write Down And Simplify Your Org's Big Idea Eugene Wei


One Way To Help Students Read Comments, Not The Grade Cult Of Pedagogy


Six Components Of Teaching Writing NCTE


Seven Deadly Sins Of Statistical Analysis The Conversation


How Schools Can Change The Minds Of Student Climate Skeptics NYTimes
"Mr. Sutter's classroom shows how curriculum can sometimes influence culture on a subject that stands to have a more profound impact on today's high schoolers than their parents."


Pew Surveys Experts On The Internet Of Things Pew Internet


How Histograms Work, A Great Explanation Flowing Data


40 Years Of Hip-Hop (150 Songs, 100 Artists) Mixed Into One Song YouTube

Audrey Watters On "Personalized Learning" Hack Education