August 6 - August 13, 2017

There is a lot of good news in education this week, but the week was also dominated diversity issues at Google (which have direct relevance to schools) and of course the events in Charlottesville these past few days.

See below for those headlines topics, but also check out (perhaps appropriately!) the articles on managing stress (feature) and how to listen to and learn from each other (pedagogy).

For a breath of (mostly unrelated) fresh air, listen to Jon Batiste's reimagining of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

And for a good laugh, read about the pun competitions...



The Google Memo: Echoes of Campus "Free Speech" Issues Gizmodo
"Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber.  Despite what the public response seems to have been, I've gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change."

6 Detailed Strategies for Managing Stress New York Times
"Approach it the right way, and it won't rule your life--it can even be good for you. Here are ways to deal with stress, reduce its harm and even use your daily stress to make you stronger."


On How Isolation Subverts Healthy Boyhood Medium


Many NYC Schools Ditch Grades, Go Mastery-Based New York Times


Most Popular Online Coursera Course?  "Learning How to Learn" New York Times


Claude Shannon Reflects on Creative Thinking (1952) Medium


In VT, Some High School Kids Can Swap Classes for Jobs Hechinger Report


Woman in Tech "Ladysplains" Why the Google Memo Is Wrong Vox

Tensions Mount on Campuses Around Inadequate Inclusion New York Times
"Many professors are spending the summer trying to figure out how to discuss the campus climate in class without raising the ire of this audience. In the last few months, at least a half-dozen professors have been threatened or fired for airing controversial positions on issues of color or, in the case of Dr. Goffman at Pomona, researching the subject."


Jon Batiste Reimagines "Battle Hymn of the Republic" Atlantic

Funder of Smithsonian Never Set Foot in America [See End of Post] NYTimes

UVM Has a "Computational Story Lab": Math + CS + Literature Outside

Stanford Publishes Thousands of Medieval Texts Global Medieval Sourcebook


Palimpsest: Ancient Parchment Yields More Ancient Languages Beneath Atlantic

Another Punderful Review of That Book About Pun Competitions Economist
"In New York a monthly event called Punderdome features jokesters with pseudonyms such as 'Punder Enlightening', 'Jargon Slayer' and 'Words Nightmare' who compete over the course of four increasingly absurd rounds."

We Use Profanity 28 Times More Than in the 50s Pacific Standard


John Maeda's Four Rules Of Leadership Creative Leadership

Google's Six Key Attributes for Managers Inc.


Six Organizations to Study For Competency-Based Learning Global Online Acad.

3 Questions to Help Students Listen to and Learn from Each Other SmartBrief
"Who in our class supported you in an important way? Who in our class pushed you to think differently or more deeply? Who in our class inspired you by setting an example?"


On the New Republic, Digital Journalism, and the Tech Age Atlantic

A Deconstruction of How Online Journalism Hijacks Your Mind Medium
"By the end of the war it was clear that information warfare was a powerful weapon--it could raise armies, incite violent mobs, and destabilize whole nations. In response to this systematic manipulation of the truth, there was a concerted effort to create an institution of fact-driven journalism beginning in the 1920's."


Pew Synthesizes Expert Opinions On The Future of Trust Online Pew Internet


Annie Dillard's 1982 Essay "Total Eclipse" Atlantic

Middle School Stops Giving Any Awards At All KQED

90 Year Old Loses Faith, Eats Bacon for the First Time [Video] New Yorker