September 30 - October 7, 2018

A quiet week in education news, but some gems.

Several themes emerged this week: discussions of the history of education and education policies surfaced in several publications this week, sex education made headlines, and media literacy and fact checking also rose to the top.  Find pairs of articles on all of these in this week's issue.

Also, Cal Newport's exploration of sustained, interrupted work (he calls it "deep work") has me thinking a lot recently about how fragmented our time is.  In "Leadership" this week, I include a recent blog post in which he advocates for reducing the small, administrative tasks we all need to do (email!) so we can focus deeply on the important, intellectual work of our jobs.  Fewer people working on fewer things can be more productive than many people working on many things.

Last: I've long been looking for a concise review/history of tracking.  Larry ("National Treasure") Cuban just wrote a blog post about it, focusing on the "detracking" movement.

These and more.  Enjoy!



Should You Have Honors Classes? A History Of Tracking  Larry Cuban
"Beginning in the 1960s activists filed federal suits against school systems that tracked minority students... Reformers, leaning on studies done by researchers, worried about school groupings reinforcing inequalities in society by excluding low income students from advanced courses and thereby entry into college.  These policymakers (and parents) pressed states and districts to open up Advanced Placement courses, gifted and talented programs, and the like--including Algebra in the 8th grade-- to all students."

We Teach Argument. Today, Teaching Understanding More Important?  EdWeek
"If we are to survive as a nation, then our students must learn that the goal is not to win an argument. The goal is not to define reality according to the terms of one's beliefs. The goal is to see what is around us and respond wisely."


Anais Nin: "Why Emotional Excess Is Essential To Writing & Creativity" Brain Pickings


"Teaching Sex Education: 7 Key Questions"  Kappan

Should Schools Be Required To Teach Consent In Sex Ed Classes?  NPR

A Financial Literacy Curriculum (And Game) For Grades 4-12  Education Dive


On The Benefits Of A "Pride And Prejudice" Approach To Inclusion  Behavioral Scientist
"Institutional practices and policies that target prejudice serve as an important representational cue -- an explicit signal that the presence of all racial/ethnic groups are welcomed on campuses... Pride practices serve as a complementary yet distinct cue from prejudice practices. Pride policies and practices, for example, can include offering courses, extracurricular activities, and even physical spaces (e.g., cultural centers, dorms) that are inclusive of the history and culture of marginalized groups. Pride practices signal that racial/ethnic groups are not only welcomed but also that they are fully valued."

Is It Helpful Or Damaging To Broaden Definitions Of Diversity?  Harvard Business Review


A Visualization Of Today's Increased Political Polarization  Futurity

On Understanding The History Of Philosophy In Africa  Quartz


Strong Leaders Retain Effective Teachers And Don't Retain Ineffective Ones  Brookings

Remove Mundane Tasks. Give People More Time To Do Fewer Things  Cal Newport


Four Strategies For Fact Checking Claims  Press Books

Three Questions For Assessing Media Validity  National Council for the Social Studies

Teaching Doesn't Need To Start At The Bottom Of Bloom's Taxonomy  EdWeek


Susan Orlean Writes An Essay On Libraries  New Yorker


"How A Teacher In Rural Oklahoma Started A Science Fair Dynasty"  Atlantic


Augmented Reality Glasses For Teachers: Seeing Student Progress  Hechinger Report


Audrey Watters: Why It's Important To Know Education (& Technology) History Hack Education