November 4 - November 11, 2018

Some terrific deep dives this week.

Atul Gawande is so good.  He writes compellingly about issues in medicine that, taken as analogous to education, consistently shine light on our own field.  Committed to improvement in all things, he writes this time about the role of computers in medical practice. It's spot on for teachers, too, as usual.  And despite the ominous title, it spans both the challenges and benefits of technological integration.  Take the time to read this.  Get past the first pages.  It goes deeper, and deeper.

The Columbia Journalism Review piece about the New York Times' run of several articles on parenting and screen time offers a more nuanced and research supported overview of the landscape.  Rife with links to additional resources, it is a useful for source for schools looking for a clear-eyed view of how we can engage mobile devices.

These and others: enjoy!



Atul Gawande On How Technology Is Changing Doctors' Work  New Yorker
"The story of modern medicine is the story of our human struggle with complexity. Technology will, without question, continually increase our ability to make diagnoses, to peer more deeply inside the body and the brain, to offer more treatments. It will help us document it all -- but not necessarily make sense of it all. Technology inevitably produces more noise and new uncertainties... We ultimately need systems that make the right care simpler for both patients and professionals, not more complicated. And they must do so in ways that strengthen our human connections, instead of weakening them."

A Critique Of The NYT's Recent Pieces On Tech And Parenting  Columbia Journalism Review
"And here's something that could have been especially relevant to these Times stories: there's existing research on parental attitudes and successful parenting strategies regarding digital media. You can help your kids learn via digital media, experts say, and use it constructively. You can help manage and moderate their use."

Another Deep Report On Competency Based Learning  iNACOL
"Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession that is equity-oriented, learning-centered and lifelong; it recommends 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift."


From The Harvard Trial: 4 Ways Applicants Get In To Elite Institutions  New York Times


Data On Prevalence Of CTE In Former College Football Players  USA Today

"An analysis released Friday showed that 147 college football programs had at least one former player diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)."


11 Short Essays About Learning From Failure  Middlebury

On The Rise -- And Dangers -- Of Perfectionism  Atlantic

"How To Be A More Patient Person"  New York Times

A Model For Teaching Resilience (Via Community Colleges)  Achieving the Dream


Replace Memorization With Retrieval Practice For Better Learning  Education Dive

How Prior Knowledge Shapes Perception  Behavioral Scientist


To Be More Creative, Slow Down  Quartz


On The Benefits Of Arts, From Pre-K To 12  Education Dive


A Short Profile Of SNHU's Several New Approaches  Chronicle Of Higher Ed


"Is Democracy At Risk?" - A New York Times Lesson Plan   New York Times
"Often we take for granted that the United States is a democracy, and that democracy is a form of government worth celebrating. This lesson starts there, but then pushes students to reflect on why democracies are worth protecting, what elements are essential to a healthy democracy and how it is that democracies sometimes fail."

Scholars Choose Most Influential Academic Books From Last 20 Years  Chronicle of Higher Ed

"Indonesian Caves Hold Oldest Figurative Painting Ever Found"  NPR

On The "Self-Evident" Line Of The Declaration Of Independence [Video]  Atlantic


Comparing German Schools To American Schools  New York Times


On Personalizing Learning For Teachers  ASCD


"To Learn, Students Need To DO Something"  Cult of Pedagogy


The Far Edge Of What Simulation-Based Assessment Looks Like  EdSurge

Are We Going To See More Simulations As Teaching Tools?  LinkedIn

Xinhua News Agency Makes First A.I. News Anchor  Twitter

"Artificial Intelligence Hits The Barrier Of Meaning"  New York Times


On Work And Rest: How Breaks Can Mean More Productivity  Quartz


"How Emotions Can Affect The Heart"  New York Times
"Though not widely appreciated at that time, studies show that stress and despair can significantly influence health, especially that of the heart."

"Nearly 1,800 Educators Ran For Office... Here's Who Won."  Education Dive