August 20 - August 27, 2017

Great reading this week--choose what moves you:

The New York Times compilation of teenagers' reflections on American values is terrific.  It captures adolescents articulating views across the wide range of perspectives we'd like to hear discussed.  And hearing this range of voices spoken out loud is surely a sound first step to bringing similar voices into conversation with each other on our own campuses.

Also provocative and a worthy consideration is the feature piece arguing against balance--or at least redefining it.  I'll be thinking more about this one.

And more broadly: further evidence that education is complex: one article about the benefit of print textbooks over digital textbooks, and another forecasting the end of print textbooks in community colleges; one article about the problems with quantified outcomes, and another using quantified outcomes to make an argument...

These and much more remind us that we do interesting work!



Teenagers Respond: What Defines American Values? [video]
New York Times
"'What are your values as a person? What are American values? Do you think the country is living up to those values today? Why or why not?' ...I wrote to dozens of teenagers -- young people I'd met at protests, young Republicans I'd talked to around Election Day, teenagers who were already vlogging about their high school experiences on YouTube. I also reached out to Christian youth groups, home-schooling associations, L.G.B.T. rights organizations, groups representing Native American youth and many other organizations, asking them to recommend young people who might want to participate."

"Maybe We All Need A Little Less Balance"
New York Times
"Ever since I can remember, I've been told to strive for balance. Yet I've noticed something interesting: The times in my life during which I've felt happiest and most alive are also the times that I've been the most unbalanced... I think far better than striving for balance is striving for what psychologists call internal self-awareness, or the ability to see yourself clearly by assessing, monitoring and proactively managing your core values, emotions, passions, behaviors and impact on others."

Care Might Be One Of The Most Important Determiners Of Success
"Further analysis revealed that having a caring adult at school is linked to a greater likelihood of self-reported excellent grades at school, and this relationship is strongest for high school students."

"I'm Teaching Kids Way More Than They're Teaching Me" [humor]
"What I never imagined was that these kids would end up teaching me more than I could ever teach them. And it's good that I never imagined that, because it hasn't happened at all... I am an unstoppable teaching machine, whereas my students are like a different kind of machine that just happens to do a little bit of teaching inadvertently."

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Kids Today: Cultural Facts For The Entire Life Of An 18 Year Old Beloit College


Quantified Outcomes Conflict w/ Deep Thinking (via Running) Hackernoon
"That many scientific discoveries were stumbled upon by accident is no accident at all. We all need time and space to get ever so slightly lost, to dream our way into creative thought, and to develop our richest insights. This is true of all learners, expert or novice."

A Call To Remove All Timing From College Board Tests EdWeek
"To level the playing field and maintain validity, [the College Board] should end the pretense that the SAT is timed, throw away the clocks, hire more proctors, and give all students as much time as they want or need. If timing is essential, the College Board better get to work to protect the validity of its prize product."


Five Sensible Tips For Lifelong Exercise Vox


Can Too Much Resilience Be A Bad Things? Harvard Business Review
"Even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme... For example, extreme resilience could drive people to become overly persistent with unattainable goals."

Social Emotional Skills? Character? We Still Struggle To Define Them NPR

CASEL: A Test For "Academic, Social, And Emotional Learning" Hechinger Report


On What "Brain Training" Works And Doesn't Work Fast Company

EdX Offers Free Course On The Science Of Learning edX


Walter Benjamin's 13 Theses On Writing: Also Rules For Creativity Brain Pickings


The Uncertain Future Of Coding Bootcamps New York Times


PEN America Offers Guidelines For Free Speech At Universities PEN

How Racial Representation Has Changed Over The Past 35 Years New York Times

HGSE Collects Anti-Bullying Strategies Harvard Graduate School of Education


"Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024" EdSurge

"Privilege & Poverty": An Interdisciplinary "Cluster," For Any Major Middlebury


USC/UCLA Kerfuffle About Leaving The "E" Off The End Of "Shakespear"... NPR


6 Great Selections For Creating Psychological Safety In Teams Harv. Bus. Review

Handling 3 Types Of Bad Feedback: Untrue, Poorly Delivered, Unclear Sig./Noise


Internships And Project-Based Learning Transform School Hechinger Report
"On the one hand, students now seem far more engaged in school and committed to college. From 2014 to 2016, the percentage of ChiTech freshmen on track to graduate in four years rose from 63 to 78 percent... On the other hand, ChiTech's standardized test scores have remained stagnant and well below district averages."

Grant Wiggins: 13 Practical Examples Of Feedback Grant Wiggins

A Short Timeline Of Competency Based Learning Competency Works

Six Questions To Get To Know Your Students On Day One ASCD

When It Comes To Textbooks, Print Is Better Than Digital Hechinger Report
"If you are reading something lengthy -- more than 500 words or more than a page of the book or screen -- your comprehension will likely take a hit if you're using a digital device.  The finding was supported by numerous studies and held true for students in college, high school and grade school. Research suggests that the explanation is at least partly the greater physical and mental demands of reading on a screen."


Three Famous Poems, Written In Emojis Paris Review

When Business Promotes Writing: Because Understanding Matters Collab. Fund
"Writing crystallizes ideas in ways thinking on its own will never accomplish."

Editor Destroys Writer: Actually A Terrific Story About Revision Atlantic
"It was not that he disliked it. It was that he... hated it. I was taken aback--I had enjoyed the process of researching and writing the book. So, I had expected a reader would too. No, Scott said, the way you've done this doesn't work."


The Extraordinary Physics, math, And History Of Eclipses Wolfram

The International Space Station Photobombs An Eclipse Picture Quartz

Does That Babylonian Tablet Really Show Trig Tables 4K Years Ago? Science


"A Credible Path To 100-Percent Renewable Energy" Pacific Standard


Hashtags On Twitter Turn Ten Years Old New York Times

Melinda Gates On Technology's Effect On Kids Washington Post
"I spent my career in technology. I wasn't prepared for its effect on my kids."

The Story Of Making A MOOC Harvard

The Results Of Maine's 15 Year, 1-to-1 Laptop Program... Maine Public
"After a decade and a half, and at a cost of about $12 million annually (around one percent of the state's education budget), Maine has yet to see any measurable increases on statewide standardized test scores."


Online Games For Practicing Your Design Skills Method of Action


An Argument For A Four-Hour Work Day Guardian

5 Tips For An Afternoon Routine Lifehacker

Salaries Lead To Generally More Satisfied Staff Than Hourly Wages Gallup


Independent Schools Are A Tiny Part Of The Education Landscape EdWeek

Public Opinion On Quality Of Private/Public/Charter Schools Gallup

Japanese University Offers Degree In Ninja Studies Japan Times

Should Student Internships Be Planned In Cohorts Middlebury

The Story Of The Music On The Golden Record On Voyager 1 New Yorker