February 18 - February 25, 2018

Two emergent themes this week: first, several practical pieces on media literacy and how to teach it effectively; and second, several pieces challenging the current instinct to measure learning outcomes.  The half-dozen articles on these two topics are useful and provocative.

Also, the curriculum article on Artificial Intelligence has no surprises--it argues for more computer science--but ed tech critic Audrey Watters' take is priceless: "'Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Should We Teach?' asks the CEO of Schoolrunner... I’m gonna go with ethics, sociology, history, and critical race and gender theory. Thanks."

Also of particular interest this week: a documentary exploring whether great leaders need to be jerks, how Facebook is bringing back the epistolary form, and more.




"The Misguided Drive To Measure 'Learning Outcomes'" New York Times
"Consider that holy grail of learning outcomes, critical thinking... Teaching it is not a cheap or efficient process. It does not come from... emphasizing short, quantifiable, standardized assignments at the expense of meandering, creative and difficult investigation. Producing thoughtful, talented graduates is not a matter of focusing on market-ready skills. It's about giving students an opportunity that most of them will never have again in their lives: the chance for serious exploration of complicated intellectual problems, the gift of time in an institution where curiosity and discovery are the source of meaning."

A Pedagogical Structure For Case Studies In Media Literacy Hapgood
"Some years ago, Dan Meyer pioneered and promoted a structure of math lessons based on three "acts" that fit together in a way that gave lessons a momentum and rhythm in the way that three act structure in film gives films...a structure and a rhythm... [In media literacy] we have three acts as well."


Selections From A Long History Of Teen Activism Leading To Social Change Fast Co.


"Evidence Should Inform But Not Drive Decision Making" Brookings
"In education, decision makers are often motivated by the desire to improve student outcomes and increase educational equity. Yet both "student outcomes" and "equity" are vague terms... Without more precise understandings of which outcomes we care about and which distributions of those outcomes are fair, decision makers lack orientation. Their decisions may end up relying on data about outcomes that happen to be available rather than about outcomes that align with their goals."

How To Develop A Culture Of Meaningful Assessment ASCD


Physical Fitness Tied To Improving Academics, So Schools Change Hechinger Report


Tips For Teaching Media Literacy To Kids Of All Ages Salon

The Limits Of Media Literacy For Combatting Online Misinformation EdWeek

"Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Should We Teach?" EdWeek

#NeverAgain Started With The Drama Club New Yorker

"'All these kids are drama kids, and I'm a dramatic kid, so it really meshes well,' Gonzalez added."


"Hate Crimes Reported By All Colleges Increased By 25% In 2016" Chron. of Higher Ed


Americans Have More Confidence In "Higher Ed" Than "Universities" Gallup


50 Students Suggest Connections Between Classic Texts And Today New York Times

Erasmus, Luther, And The Populist Uprising New York Review of Books


Documentary: "Do You Need To Be A D--- To Be A Successful Leader?" On Animation


A Framework For High-Quality Project-Based Learning KQED


"How Facebook Revived The Epistolary Friendship"  JStor

A Comic Book Writer On the Writing Process (via Twitter Thread) Twitter

What Doing Math Teaches Us About Teaching Writing Quartz
"A word problem, like an essay, is an argument. You start with the given information. You summarize it with symbols and expressions. You make a plan and follow some logical steps until you arrive at a conclusion. Along the way you'll likely make mistakes. You might not find you spent a disappointing amount of time on a bad approach, but that's okay because the process is the whole point, as evidence by the existence of partial credit."


Another Article On Tech Leaders Sending Their Kids To Analog Schools Bus. Insider

MOOCs Turn 10: A Look Back University Affairs


Ping-Pong Concerto: Yes, For Violin, Percussion... And Table Tennis Shanghai Symph.

Education On Broadway: "Five New Plays About School" New York Times