February 25 - March 4, 2018

Two of the three feature articles this week are on the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida.  This particular event has remained in the headlines for longer than most, and the student voice has been so loud and clear, it gives hope that change in regards to school safety (and general safety) may actually occur.

Other topics this week: measuring creativity, the benefits of singing together, social media practices, and more.

Also, are you interested in influencing the future of math instruction? Check out the free conference in Geneva that aims to bring stakeholders together to discuss international math curricula.

Enjoy!

Peter




FEATURED ARTICLES

On The Psychological Impact Of Active Shooter Drills Atlantic
"A sense of safety and security in childhood is integrally tied to mental and physical health later in life--as well as emotional wellbeing, and the formation of the coping mechanisms that allow a person to deal with later adversity in ways that do not involve killing. It is this sense that can be undermined sometimes even by the best of intentions."

Is The Parkland Curriculum The Reason The Kids Are So Impressive? Slate
"These kids aren't prodigiously gifted. They've just had the gift of the kind of education we no longer value."


"Academic Rigor Linked To Alumni Perceptions Of College Value"  Gallup
"Alumni who strongly agree that they were challenged academically are about 3.6 times as likely.. to say that they were prepared for life outside of college.  Similarly, those who strongly agree that they were challenged academically are about 2.4 times as likely... to say their education was worth the cost."




ADMISSIONS

MIT And Others Welcome Students Who Miss School For Protests MIT

"A disciplinary action associated with meaningful, peaceful participation in a protest will not negatively impact their admissions decision, because we would not view it as inappropriate or lacking integrity on its face."




ASSESSMENT

Higher Ed Perspectives On The High School Transcript School Administrator





CHARACTER

"Slow Thought: A Manifesto" Aeon





CREATIVITY

On The Difficulty Of Measuring Creativity Artsy





CURRICULUM

Daniel Pink On The Power Of Singing Together CNBC

What Is Computational Thinking? EdSurge


Why The Humanities Are Critical In The Curriculum (Via Medicine) New York Times
"To restore balance between the art and the science of medicine, we should curtail initial coursework in topics like genetics, developmental biology and biochemistry, making room for training in communication, interpersonal dynamics and leadership."

Do Arts Field trips Increase Academic Performance In Other Areas? Brookings
"Students who received multiple field trips experienced significantly greater gains on their standardized test scores after the first year than did the control students."





HIGHER ED

On The Growth Of Administration In Higher Ed LA Review of Books





LEADERSHIP

Tips For Hiring Great Talent (Via Silicon Valley Engineer Hiring) Fast Company


Alas... Incompetent Leadership Is Called "The Peter Principle" Quartz
"The Peter Principles, the eponymous scholar [Laurence J. Peter] explained, happens when any employee in a hierarchy rises to the level of his or her own incompetence... Organizations, Peter and his co-author Raymond Hull argued, tend to reward rank-and-file high performers with promotions to management, even though the roles demand utterly different skills. "





PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On The Value Of Shadowing A Student For A Day Prizmah





PEDAGOGY

Reflections On Maker Learning KQED

Four Types Of Play For Your Students Quartz





READING/WRITING

On Writing "The Arrival" Talkhouse





SOCIAL MEDIA

Great Data On Social Media Platform Usage In America Pew Internet

"The median American uses three of these eight social platforms... Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape, as notable majorities of U.S. adults use each of these sites. At the same tie, younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out for embracing a variety of platforms and using them frequently. Some 78% of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71%) visit the platform multiple times per day."




STEM

The Future Of Math Instruction: A Free Conference In Geneva (!) Fondation Helvetica

"What should students be learning for the 21st century? This conference will discuss top-level changes in the Mathematics school curriculum, regarding what branches and topics should be added or emphasized and why, and just as crucially, what should be de-emphasized or removed."




OTHER

Where Does Each Generation Begin (Boomers, X, Millennials, etc..)? Pew Research


David Brooks On Politics And The Current College Generation  New York Times
"I asked them to name the defining challenge of their generation. Several mentioned the decline of the nation-state and the threats to democracy... I asked the students what change agents they had faith in. They almost always mentioned somebody local, decentralized and on the ground -- teachers, community organizers."