September 24 - October 1, 2017

So many great articles this week:

It's no surprise that diversity and inclusion are everywhere in the news this week.  I find it interesting (and important, and healthy) that it's appearing not only in schools, but also in sports, in literature, and elsewhere.  As challenging as this time is, let's hope that our current national discourse ultimately results in greater understanding.  As educators, perhaps we can help propel this outcome.

A few good pairings, too:

One, the feature article on disagreement matches well with the later post on finding common ground--and both are from speakers who have found themselves at the heart of recent controversy.

Another, the feature article on rate of change in institutions and the leadership post on cultures of innovation.  These make a nice triangulation, too, with the "small data" argument in the third feature.

Lastly, not a pairing: I found the article theorizing about longer adolescence and the article on failure/resilience both to be surprising, but both also ultimately provocative of clear, a-ha moments.

Enjoy these, and others!


"The Dying Art Of Disagreement" New York Times
"In other words, to disagree well you must first understand well.  You have to read deeply, listen carefully, watch closely. You need to grant your adversary moral respect; give him the intellectual benefit of doubt; have sympathy for his motives and participate empathetically with his line of reasoning. And you need to allow for the possibility that you might yet be persuaded of what he has to say."

Academic Leaders Discuss: How Fast Should Institutions Change? EdSurge
"Where officials stood during this exercise seemed to depend largely on what type of institution they were from."

Big Data? How About Small Data: That's Best For Teachers Pasi Sahlberg
"Teachers know the importance of human observations, face-to-face conversations and critical reflections in making sense of what goes on in classrooms. Standardized tests or opinion surveys may help to identify some general trends, but they are not able to reveal deeper secretes of pedagogy. Therefore, small data can be a good tool to find out what works best and why in schools. Does this sound familiar?  Indeed, small data has always been part of the process for experienced teachers, doctors, social workers and psychologists. It is not new, except the name."


On How Students Discuss Controversial Topics Online Social Media In Ed.
"I know students have seen or expressed controversial opinions on political and social issues on social media, and I'm not privy to the details.  This makes those controversial topics hard to cover in my classroom for a number of reasons. First, we're not all starting from the same point. In terms of what's been posted, some students know more than others, and all of them know more than I do. Second, it means that many of the students have already taken sides on any given issue via those online posts that have already occurred. Most of them know where their classmates stand before anyone has answered a question or offered an opinion in class."

Another, More Interesting Take On Why Adolescence Is Longer Now Sci. Amer.
"The analysis found adolescents were more likely to take part in adult activities if they came from larger families or those with lower incomes. This mirrors so-called 'life history theory,' the idea that exposure to an unpredictable, impoverished environment as a kid leads to faster development whereas children who grow up in a stable environment with more resources tend to have a slower developmental course."


"The Predictive Power Of 9th-Grade GPA" (via Chicago Public Schools) UChicago


Diary Of A Concussion, By Writer Who Had Reported On Concussions The Verge


On Emotional Intelligence (Via Uber's New CEO) Inc.

Resilience: To Overcome Failure, Feel It More Mic
"Feeling bad might actually be a good thing if you're using it to persevere in the future."


"Every Single Cognitive Bias In One Infographic" Visual Capitalist


Juilliard Now Offers Courses On EdX EdX

Tom Vander Ark Reviews Pearson List Of Skills Needed In 2030 Getting Smart


Great Suggestions For Assessing Cultural Competency In Hires NAIS

Two Low-Cost, High-Impact Diversity Hiring Practices Inside Higher Ed

First Female Officer Completes Marines' Infantry Officer Training Pac. Standard

"If Your Teacher Looks Like You, You May Do Better In School" NPR

Coach Of San Antonio Spurs Reflects On Race, Privilege [Video] Sports Illus.

"You Should Be Outraged": US Air Force Responds to Racist Graffiti NPR

On Finding Common Ground New York Times
"The kitchen table is the most important tool they have to reshape their community. Preparing a home-cooked meal and inviting people over, both those we know and those we want to know, forces us to find common ground."

Recommendations From Harvard's Task Force On Inclusion Harvard
"Read the draft report of the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging... Share seven recommendations in the first iteration of their report."


Antioch: The Death And Rebirth Of A College Hechinger Report


Handwritten 1855 Essay By A Slave, Found In The NY Pub Library NY Times

Ta-Nehisi Coates Returns With "We Were Eight Years In Power" LA Times


The Dictionary Of American Regional English Comes To An End New Yorker


Nurturing The Full Career Arc Of Teachers: Recruit, Retain, Reward NAIS

Tips For Building A Lean, Functional Team Startup Lessons Learned

Several Thoughts On Building An Innovation Culture McKinsey


Another Way To Think About Solitude Cal Newport
"The real key to solitude is to step away from reacting to the output of other minds: be it listening to a podcast, scanning social media, reading a book, watching TV or holding an actual conversation."


Retrieval Practice: The Most Effective Learning Strategy? Cult Of Pedagogy


On The Complication Of Writing Different Races Literary Hub

On John McPhee And Writing New York Times


"Temperature Is Not What You Think It Is" Wired

Visualizing The Distribution Of The First 1000 Digits Of Pi Digg

Post-Antibiotics?  Pan-Resistant Bacteria Is Here. Wired


A Visual History Of Carbon Emissions On Earth [Video] Vimeo


Tech Leaders Restrict Their Childrens' Use Of Technology Larry Cuban

City-To-City Rockets? NYC To Shanghai In Under An Hour? Digg

Don't Put TVs And Video Games In Kids' Bedrooms Iowa State


How Reaching Out To Parents Improved Student Performance Hechinger Report
"When parents got personalized information about attendance, chronic absenteeism dropped 10 percent."

Five Factors In Social Mobility: Not Just Education Atlantic
"They concluded that five correlated factors--segregation, family structure, income inequality, local school quality, and social capital--were likely to make a difference."

An Interesting Study About Imitative Learning (Via Violence In Films) Pac. Std.

"The Art Of Building Skateparks" Artist Waves

A Lego World Map - With Instructions (Scroll Down) Dirk's Blog