July 23 - July 30, 2017

One of the best weeks of reading I've seen:

The feature link about trust was astonishing to me. A work of art, even. A game theory simulation that explores the growth of trust and mistrust through a beautiful, thought-provoking, interactive analysis.  In it, you are playing and learning: about people, about trust, and about our times--and the mathematics, while present always, feel invisible as they represent behaviors, and not only numbers. The artist distills the work to usable principles near the end--principles that suggest we need more and more frequent encounters with each other to build trust in our communities. I cannot recommend this experience (it's not an article) enough.

Nicky Case, the designer of the Trust simulation, also partnered with mathematician Vi Hart to explore how diversity thresholds affect the composition of a community.  See the work in diversity/inclusion.

These and much, much more this week worth digging into.  Enjoy!


The Short History Of The Concept Of Empathy Zocalo Public Square
"The feeling we call 'empathy' has shifted dramatically over the last century from a description of an aesthetic response, to a moral and political aspiration, to a clinical skill, and today, to the firing of neurons. Returning to empathy's roots--to once again think about the potential for 'in-feeling' with a work of art, a mountain, or a tree--invites us to re-imagine our connection to nature and the world around us."

Truly Extraordinary: A Game Theory Simulation Of Trust Nicky Case
"It was Christmas 1914 on the Western Front. Despite strict order not to chillax with the enemy, British and German soldiers left their trenches, crossed No-Man's Land, and gathered to bury their dead, exchange gifts, and play games. Meanwhile: it's 2017, the West has been at peace for decades, and wow, we suck at trust... Why, even in peacetime, do friends become enemies? And why, even in wartime, do enemies become friends?"


2 Kinds Of Popularity: Status And Likeability. One Is Healthier Quartz


Khan Academy Offers Free AP Test Prep For 12 Tests Khan Academy

Average High School GPA Is Climbing Inside Higher Ed
"From 1998 to 2016, the average high school GPA went up from 3.27 to 3.38. Notably, the gains were unequal among high schools, and the differences appear to favor students from wealthier (and whiter) high schools than average."


Of 111 NFL Brains, 110 Had CTE. Plus Some College And HS Data NYTimes
"Researchers also examined brains from the Canadian Football Leader, semi-professional players, college players and high school players. Of the 202 brains studied, 87 percent were found to have CTE. The study found that the high school players had mild cases, while college and professional players showed more severe effects. But even those with mild cases exhibited cognitive, mood and behavioral symptoms."


Is Curiosity A Better Predictor Of Success Than Intellectual Giftedness? Atlantic
"Students with gifted curiosity outperformed their peers on a wide range of educational outcomes, including math and reading, SAT scores, and college attainment. According to ratings from teachers, the motivationally gifted students worked harder and learned more"

Maybe "Giftedness" Doesn't Really Exist. It's Just Character. Guardian
"While the jury is out on giftedness being innate and other factors potentially making the difference, what is certain is that the behaviours associated with high levels of performance are replicable and most can be taught -- even traits such as curiosity."

Making Mistakes Makes Learning More Effective Hechinger Report

7 Strategies For Improving Resilience In Midlife New York Times

Reduce Stress By Talking To Yourself... In The 3rd Person Mich. State Univ.

8 Strategies For Turning Negative Thinkings Into Positive Ones New York Times
"The research that Dr. Frederickson and others have done demonstrates that the extent to which we can generate positive emotions from even everyday activities can determine who flourishes and who doesn't. More than a sudden bonanza of good fortune, repeated moments of positive feelings can provide a buffer against stress and depression and foster both physical and mental health, their studies show."

"The Case For Cursing" New York Times
"There's emphatic swearing, for instance, which is meant to highlight a point, and dysphemistic swearing, which is mean to make a point provocatively. But swearing is beneficial beyond making your language"more colorful.It can also offer catharsis. A study... found that swearing can increase your ability to withstand pain."


Maintenance Is Just As Important As Innovation New York Times


A Game Theory Explanation Of How Diversity Improves Community Nicky Case

"Why It's A Bad Idea To Tell Students Words Are Violence" Atlantic
"In his 1993 book Kindly Inquisitors, the author Jonathan Rauch explains that freedom of speech is part of a system he calls 'Liberal Science'--an intellectual system that arose with the Enlightenment and made the movement successful. The rules of Liberal Science include: No argument is ever truly over, anyone can participate in the debate, and no one gets to claim special authority to end a question once and for all. Central to this idea is the role of evidence, debate, discussion, and persuasion."


"The Is The Way The College 'Bubble' Ends" Atlantic
"First, the annual growth rate of college tuition is at its lowest rate on record. Second, the annual growth rate of student debt is lower than any time in the last decade. Third, the number of college enrollees has declined for five consecutive years. Fourth, the college premium--the extra income one should expect from getting a bachelor's degree--is higher than it was in the 1990s, but it's stopped growing this century for young workers. Altogether, the numbers paint a clear picture: The higher-education market is not bursting, like a popped soap bubble; but it is leaking, like a pierced balloon."

Checking In On MIT's Online Recruitment Of Student Talent Inside Higher Ed


Against "Dead Poets Society", And In Defense Of Rigor Atlantic
"But many people... like their poetry, as the Car Talk guys would say, 'unencumbered by the thought process.' There's a real reason there's no Dead Novelists Society: for poetry, in the public imaginary, is the realm of feeling rather than thinking, and the very epitome of humanistic study. To understand how preposterous and offensive this stipulation is, turn it around. Imagine what would happen if we suddenly insisted that physics professors were ruining the beauty and mystery and wonder of the natural world by forcing students to memorize equations."

The Life And Death Of John Keats New York Review of Books

"The Most Anthologized Poems Of The Last 25 Years Literary Hub

Statistics And Literature: The Pre-Adolescence Of Digital Humanities New Yorker


Good Advice Wrapped In Self-Important Startup-Speak First Round Review

Four Traits Of Strong Leadership Teams Gates Foundation


Three Factors In Successful Schools Gates Foundation
"Collaborative, job-embedded professional learning... Effective instructional materials... An environment that supports students to direct their own learning and promotes community engagement."


A Four Part Approach To Getting To Know Your Students Cult Of Pedagogy


Michiko Kakutani Steps Down From The New York Times New York Times

Lemony Snicket Pens Op-Ed On Sex In Literature For Students New York Times


"A Visual Map Of The Social Media Universe" Visual Capitalist


Humans Struggle With Non-Linear Thinking: Business Examples Harv. Bus. Rev.

Intermediate Algebra To Be Cut From Some Community Colleges? NPR

What A Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like From Space. The Coolest. New York Times

Interactive Map Of How The Solar Eclipse Will Look Where You Are Vox

The International Space Station Is On Street View. Take A Tour. Google


Peter Jackson Makes An Augmented Reality Demo. Hello, Future... BBC

The Navy Is Teaching Celestial Navigation Again. Because Hacking. Vanderbilt
"In the 1990s increasing reliance on navigation technologies including GPS caused the Navy to drop celestial navigation from its officer training curriculum. Now, increasing awareness of the vulnerability of these systems to hacking and other types of disruption has prompted it to reintroduce the requirement."


How Americans Spend Their Time, By Income Level Visual Capitalist


NYT Readers Sound Off On Recent Dress Code Articles New York Times


Hackathons: A College Student Reflects On Their Value Harvard