June 16 - June 23, 2019

Short and sweet this week -- and with some excellent reads.

Both feature articles explore their topics in revealing ways, and the pair of posts on vaping also signal important trends.

See also an interesting exploration into who asks questions in class and why, and further on note one person's experiment on wearing formal attire and what it meant for her.  Lots to consider throughout.

Enjoy!

Peter



FEATURED ARTICLES

On Deeper Learning, And The Value Of Extra-Curriculars  Strategy+Business
"Deeper learning is defined as a set of competencies that include content mastery, critical thinking, collaboration, and effective communication. Mehta and Fine define it as the place where “mastery, identity, and creativity” meet. Students who have engaged in deeper learning have strong expertise in a field, learn to identify themselves as practitioners of the discipline, and acquire the ability to create something new, such as original scholarship or art."

A Case Study Of A Closing College -- And An Industry Review  Atlantic
"The country’s colleges and universities have experienced a pronounced increase in the number of freshmen applications received over the past 15 or so years, a trend reflected in the U.S. undergraduate population’s dramatic growth, from 16.7 million in 1996 to 20 million in 2016, according to a recent Pew Research Center report... Yet selective colleges and universities—those that accept fewer than half of prospective students—have enjoyed a disproportionate share of that growth, receiving close to two out of every five applications despite accounting for fewer than a fifth of the country’s higher-education institutions. What’s more, the number of applications doesn’t correlate with the number of students… A recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse research center underscores just how dramatically this is playing out. In spring 2019, overall postsecondary enrollment decreased by 1.7 percent, or nearly 300,000 students, from the previous spring."






ADOLESCENCE

"Vaping is Ruining Student Athletes"  Mass Live

In Response To Vaping Surge, School Tries Nicotine Testing  New York Times





CHARACTER

Seneca On Living Wide Rather Than Long  Brain Pickings
"Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today."





COGNITIVE SCIENCE

How Much Time In Nature Is Enough To Benefit Health? 2 Hours, Apparently  New York Times

Laszlo Bock Takes A Different Angle On Applying Cognitive Science Principles  Harvard Business Review

Four Stages Of Neurological Development  Big Think




CURRICULUM

Should Legal Reasoning Be A Part Of The Curriculum?  EdWeek





HUMANITIES

"Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate"  NPR





PEDAGOGY

What Does The Way People Ask Questions Tell Us About Them?  Behavioral Scientist

How Reviewing Tests With Students Supports Their Learning  KQED





READING/WRITING

The Printing Press Was In China Long Before It Was In Europe  Literary Hub





SUSTAINABILITY


Everything You Wanted To Know About: Composting  Quartz





WORKPLACE

Why Is Sexual Harassment Training Often So Ineffective?  Quartz

Dress Code: Writer Tries Formal Wear For A Month.  She Reflects On Blazers.  Fast Company

"In the end, this experiment made me think a lot about what formal wear signals to others. While we might choose to dress up to show our credibility or to give ourselves a confidence boost, what might we lose in connecting with others—especially if they’re dressed more casually? Because of this, I don’t think I’ll switch to dressing up all the time. But I might just pull out a blazer the next time I really want to focus."