January 6 - January 13, 2019

A good week on a range of topics:

Two provocative articles on whether and how to promote advanced courses.  The first feature article describes San Francisco schools' decision to remove algebra from middle school -- a deliberate effort to slow things down, and with some surprising results.  At the end of the issue, in the final section, is a parallel post about the perils of pushing accelerated courses on students too early.  Both are good food for curricular thought.

Elsewhere, find articles on arts in the curriculum, on writing, the release of Scratch 3.0, and much more.




SF Delays Algebra Until HS. Numbers Of Advanced Math Classes Surge  SF Chronicle
"While more students are taking precalculus now, the enrollment in Advanced Placement calculus courses has declined by nearly 13 percent over the past two years. Enrollment in AP Statistics, which requires only Algebra II as a prerequisite, has surged nearly 50 percent."

NPR Starts A Student Podcast Challenge -- Deadline March 15  NPR
"We're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR."


Some Simple Mnemonic Tricks Used For Memory Competitions  New York Times

Do Emotions Inflect Exam Performance? Obviously, But There Are Surprises  NIH

What Do People Still Think About Learning Styles?  Inside Higher Ed


Should Artificial Intelligence Be More Present In K-12 Schools?  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Carnegie Mellon University research professor Dave Touretzky said artificial intelligence in the STEM education space is practically nonexistent in the U.S, while countries like China have been at it for years."

"University Data Science Programs Turn To Ethics And The Humanities"  EdSurge

How To Teach Consent At Every Age: Preschool Through High School  Harvard GSE

Building Ethics Into Health Classes  Harvard GSE

On The Role Of The Arts In Scientific Excellence  ASCD

On Integrating Dance Into Other Courses  ASCD


School Bans Expensive Coats To Prevent Financial Inequities  CNN

Tips For Preventing Gender Bias: At Home, With Boys, With Girls, And More  Harvard GSE

"To Get To College, It Helps Black Students To Have A Black Teacher Early On"  NPR


New School Offers Free Tuition, But Takes A Portion Of Future Earnings  New York Times
"At Lambda, students pay nothing upfront. But they are required to pay 17 percent of their salary to Lambda for two years if they get a job that pays more than $50,000. (Lambda says 83 percent of its students get a job with a median salary of $70,000 within six months of graduating.) If they don’t get a job, or their salary is lower, they pay nothing. Payments are capped at $30,000, so a highly paid student isn’t penalized for success, and if a student loses a job, the payments pause."


How The Pervasiveness Of English Affects Us All In Small Ways  The Conversation


Five Trends In Education  Global Online Academy


On The Benefits Of Meditation  New York Times


The 2019 Innovating Pedagogy Report  Open University
"This seventh report… proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not had a profound influence on education in their current form." 

A Grad Student Discovers Active Learning  Towards Data Science


J. K. Rowling's Five Tips For Writers  J K Rowling

Reading Habits From Around The World   Global English Editing

Robert Caro Is About To Release A Book About Writing  AP

Reflections On The Writing Workshop  Literary Hub

Reflections On The Essay  Public Books


"People Older Than 65 Share The Most Fake News, A New Study Finds"  The Verge
"Across all age categories, sharing fake news was a relatively rare category. Only 8.5 percent of users in the study shared at least one link from a fake news site… But older users skewed the findings: 11 percent of users older than 65 shared a hoax, while just 3 percent of users 18 to 29 did. Facebook users ages 65 and older shared more than twice as many fake news articles than the next-oldest age group of 45 to 65, and nearly seven times as many fake news articles as the youngest age group (18 to 29)."


Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up And Geologists Don't Know Why  Nature

Mitch Resnick: Scratch 3.0 Has Just Been Released  EdSurge


A Wonderful Deep Dive Into Whalesong  New York Times
"Once their songs reach a certain level of complexity, humpbacks drop that tune entirely and pick up a new, simpler one."

Tales From Placing Students In Courses That Are Too Hard  Washington Post

Everything You Wanted To Know About: Nutella  Quartz