June 25 - July 2, 2017

Lots to think about this week.

Dress codes aren't universal, but the short exchange on the British House of Commons floor is a wonderful moment, worthy of circulating.

Also, the influence of our technological habits on our cognitive processes continues to deepen.  This week's second feature article dives into some of the alarming effects.

These and much more!



The UK Parliament No Longer Requires Ties (Watch The Video) Quartz
"The debate started when Peter Bone, a Conservative MP, enquired as to why a tie-less MP had been allowed to ask a question the previous day. In days gone by, this would have been viewed as an impertinent... Watch the video above to see John Bercow, the Speaker of Britain's House of Commons, wrangle with the notion of updating a centuries-old tradition of formal wear. The glorious exchange includes whether women should also be obliged to wear ties."

We Can No Longer Singletask, And We Are Interrupting Ourselves Nautilus
"In fact, of the approximately 86 daily changes in an employee's work activity, the workers themselves generated 65 of them internally, with the vast majority involving 'checking in' with no obvious external alert or notification. Even without the "You've Got Mail" notification, these workers checked their email anyway and continued to check other sources of electronic communication and information without being externally directed to do so."


On The Relation Between "Transcendent Experiences" And Humility NYMag

These Schools Have Made Compassion An Intentional Part Of School KQED


Daniel Willingham On The Challenge Of Defining "Learning" Daniel Willingham


A Great List Of Strategies For Fostering Curiosity In Children Creativity Post


How Skills-Based Hiring Is Changing The Employment Landscape NYTimes


"The Best Sites Where Students Can Transcribe Historical Texts" Larry Ferlazzo


This (Sign) Language Is Representative, Not Symbolic Nautilus


What Is "Slow Innovation"? (It Is "Thoughtful Change"?) Harvard Bus. Review

Some Thoughts On Working Well As A Leadership Team McKinsey

School Change Has Been Happening For Decades. Lessons: Larry Cuban
"So what does this half-century old experiment say to us in the 21st century about school reform? 1. When engaged teachers, administrators, and students are given the freedom to experiment and the help to do it, they will come through. 2. There is no one best way of schooling youth."


Having Mentors For New Teachers Leads To Better Student Results Edutopia


College Summer Reading Selections (2017) NPR

"Essayism" - A Book About Essays NPR

On The Existence And Survival Of Short Stories New Statesmen

"The Hero's Journey" Simplified To Summarize Every (?) Story Gizmodo

NYT Has Run A Series Of "Copy Edit This!" Exercises New York Times


Nicholas Carr Reviews Garry Kasparov's Writing About AI LA Rev. of Books
"The question isn't whether the subtleties of human thought will continue to lie beyond the reach of computers. They almost certainly will. The question is whether we'll continue to appreciate the value of those subtleties as we become more dependent on the mindless but brutally efficient calculations of our machines." 


Cluttered But Info-RIch Slide Deck About Data Visualization Univ. of Brit. Col.


Some Decisions Behind Apple's New Headquarters Harvard Business Review
"[Steve Jobs] probably knew the Churchillian adage that we shape our buildings, and then they shape us. In fact, his raw instinct for manipulating space to influence behavior was well known since the days of designing the Pixar campus in 1998."


A Collection Of Resources About The Coming 2017 Solar Eclipse Larry Ferlazzo