March 3 - March 10, 2019

A strong set of articles this week.

Featured: When an author displays a historical bias, what responsibility does a teacher have to abandon, discuss, or other contextualize the author's work?  Variations on this question have been circulating across contemporary culture over the past few years -- and it has surfaced recently in regards to racial representations in some of Dr. Seuss' works.  Given this problematizing feature of his work, should we abandon Seuss' books?  The good people at Teaching Tolerance provide a path forward.

Also: dress codes, computer science curricula, what makes creativity successful, and more.  Many provocations.




How To Manage The Dr. Seuss Controversy Without Giving Up Dr. Seuss  Teaching Tolerance
"In light of a new study revealing stereotyped characters across Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, published just before Read Across America Day, how can educators engage students in a critical discussion of this canonical author?"


Rural Students Go To Colleges Less B/c Colleges Recruit Them Less  Hechinger Report


Reflections On Being Kind  Austin Kleon


Creative Success Has More To Do With Network Than Actual Creativity  Quartz


The Arts Support Learning In And Across The Curriculum  New York Times

"Arts integration should not replace arts education… She suggested a “three-legged stool,” with one leg being arts education, including dedicated classes in visual and performing arts, and the second arts and cultural offerings, such as artists coming into the school or visits to museums. The third leg would be the integration of the arts into the teaching of other subjects."


"Rethinking How We Choose Books In School"  Teaching While White


A Narrative Reflection On The Key Ingredients In Early Childhood Success  Genius in Children


On Longer Recess, Social Skills, And Creativity  New York Times


UMass Seeks To Open National Online College, Like SNHU  EdSurge


Some Multimedia Resources For History Classes  History Tech

"We tell [kids] about history and have them read about history but we never let them experience history. They never get to actually “see” the individual people and events and details – students rely on us to describe those things for them."


7 Pitfalls To Avoid In Your Onboarding Process  Gallup


Try Having Students Free Read For The First 10 Minutes Of Class. Every Day.  Medium


Early Writing Systems Around The World Shared Some Common Elements  Kottke


This AP CS Course Includes Both Coding And Ethics Of Computing  Central Maine


SFSU Professor Holds Five-Hour, Tech-Free Reading Class  EdSurge

A Look At How Khan Academy Is Creating Mastery Learning Structures  Cult of Pedagogy


"Not Just Friday: More Companies Embrace Casual Dress Codes"  NPR

"This week, Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs announced it's relaxing its dress code. In an attempt to shift toward a workplace that has "a more casual environment," the company said its new policy would allow for more "flexible" attire, according to an internal note issued Tuesday."


"Living On Campus: An Architectural History Of The American Dormitory"  Inside Higher Ed