July 1 - July 8, 2018

Among other great posts this week, there was a surge of articles on reading and writing.

Among them, I really wanted to feature Francine Prose's essay about the challenge of writing clearly -- it's very good -- but something about a piece about writing clearly (and concisely) that's over 6,500 words long seems like it missed its own target.  Still, again, it's very good.

The cognitive science piece is terrific, too.  It's a few years old, but it clearly packages a few sound principles of effective studying.
Enjoy these and others this week!


"It's Time To Tell Your Kids It Doesn't Matter Where They Go To College" Time
"Why don't we tell our kids the truth about success? We could start with the fact that only a third of adults hold degrees from four-year colleges. Or that you'll do equally well in terms of income, job satisfaction and life satisfaction whether you go to an elite private college or a less-selective state university."

"Here's What's Going On With Affirmative Action And School Admission" NPR
"An announcement from Jeff Sessions, a Harvard lawsuit, changes in the Supreme Court and proposals for selective high schools in New York City. Here's a rundown of the facts in place, and the latest developments."


Princeton And Stanford Drop SAT And ACT Essay Requirements Washington Post


How A Random Tweet Went Viral -- And Offered Insight Into Teen Culture Huffington Post

"A lot of people my age (not to sound like I am some uniquely sophisticated teen who is above such stupidity) are really enamoured with the surface level aesthetics of Gatsby -- for instance, Gatsby themed parties where everyone dresses up in flapper dresses and suits are super common."


A Brilliant (Long) Lecture By Arundhati Roy On Language And Translation  RAIOT
"Writing screenplays -- I wrote two -- taught me to write dialogue. And it taught me economy. But then I began to yearn for excess... It was only after writing The God of Small Things that I felt the blood in my veins flow more freely. It was an unimaginable relief to have finally found a language that tasted like mine. A language in which I could write the way I think... Less than a year after The God of Small Things was published... I wrote my first political essay, "The End of Imagination." My language changed, too. It wasn't slow-cooked. It wasn't secret, novel-writing language. It was quick, urgent, and public. And it was straight-up English." 

How Likely Is "Likely" or "Probably" or "Maybe"? Here Are The Numbers Harv. Bus. Rev.



Teacher Coaching Relationships As Cure To Burnout ASCD

"Coaches provide ample, ongoing opportunities for teachers to converse about their practice and collaborate regularly with teaching colleagues, while offering timely and descriptive feedback that helps teachers become more reflective practitioners... More importantly, instructional coaches are partners, guides, teachers, collaborators, and colleagues who support the learning community."

2018-19 Education Conference Schedule EdSurge


Do Kids Like Dystopias... Because The World... Is... A Dystopia?  NPR

"Raising Kids Who Want To Read" KQED

In Order To Write Great Senior Theses, Students Need To Be Prepared Well Inside Higher Ed

A Free Online Course On The Art Of Storytelling -- By Pixar Khan Academy

Maybe Writing Originates In Religion, Hopes, And Dreams -- And Not In Accounting Aeon

Francine Prose: Writing A Clear Sentence Is Hard Literary Hub


Bedtime Math Instead Of Bedtime Reading? Hechinger Report

"The idea is that math should be part of the vernacular. When your kid asks, "Can I have some gummy bears?" say, "How many?" She says seven, then you give her three. Then you say, "How many more do you need?" That sort of thing."