October 13 - October 20, 2019

An excellent week this week.

The three feature articles touch down on three very different topics, but each speak to essential parts of student learning and wellness.  I am particularly taken by the New York Times op-ed exploring alternatives to debate.  Especially in a world of filter bubbles and oppositional ideologies, teaching students to understand and integrate divergent perspectives is increasingly more important than teaching students to be more persuasive about their own perspectives.

Also, the trainers associations' recommendations about health and appropriate athletic pursuits for children will be an important reference for schools feeling pressure to perform athletically.  Partner this with the article on concussions for a fuller picture of primary and secondary sports.

Last, in addition to a number of other excellent articles this week, enjoy the playful piece that explores J. S. Bach's lesser known mischievous and delinquent side. His music might be heavenly, even if his behavior was less so...


Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


How Art Can Help Center a Student’s Learning Experience KQED
“She and her team found that arts integration instruction led to long-term retention of science concepts at least as successfully as conventional science teaching. Arts integration was particularly helpful for students with the lowest reading scores. Studies like this one have led to a resurgence of interest in arts integration, a pedagogy that uses art as a vehicle for learning about any subject.”

An Alternative To Debate: Teach Consensus, Not Persuasion New York Times
“School debate doesn’t have to be this way, though. In fact, many schools around the country are gravitating to alternative forms of debate that set the goals of truth and understanding over the goal of persuasion… In the Ethics Bowl, created at the intercollegiate level in 1993 and the high school level around 2012, a team is assigned a question — not a statement or conclusion, as in traditional debate — on a contentious topic, such as “When is the use of military drones morally permissible?” ..The winner is the team that does the better job of articulating its reasoning, listening and responding to questions, and advancing the collective understanding of the issue at hand.”

Trainers Associations Ardently Advocate Against Specialization  New York Times
“The six N.A.T.A. recommendations are endorsed by five societies of athletic trainers, including professional football, hockey, soccer, basketball and baseball trainers, as well as the group’s Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine.”


How Admissions Offices Are Leveraging Online Data About Applicants Washington Post
“The admissions officer also received a link to a private profile of the student, listing all 27 pages she had viewed on the school’s website and how long she spent on each one. A map on this page showed her geographical location, and an “affinity index” estimated her level of interest in attending the school.”


Vaping 101: It’s History, How It Works, Etc Quartz


“Repeat Concussions Declining In U.S. High School Sports” Reuters
“The prevalence of high-school football practice-related concussions and repeat concussions in all high-school sports dropped between 2013-14 and 2017-18, but the rate of game-related concussions rose during the same period, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed the highest concussion rates in boys' football, girls' soccer and boys' ice hockey, while concussions were more prevalent among girls and during competitions.”

“What If You Only Sometimes Work Out?” Medium


On Being A Curator (Of Fine Art) New York Review of Books


Taking College-Level Course In High School Indicates Later Success New York Daily News


“Chipotle Will Pay Its Employees To Get Tech And Business Degrees” The Hill


Can We Actually Learn From History, Or Are We Doomed To Repeat It? New York Times
“Time and again, rational calculations prove as faulty as irrational forces prove overwhelming. Pericles, the Athenian leader praised for his ability to plan for all eventualities, dies in the unanticipated plague that strikes the city.”

Writing China's Soong Dynasty, And How That Challenges Written History Irish Times


Hiring: Experience Matters Less Than Quality And/Or Ability Inc.

“A 5-Step Approach to Aligning Hiring and Diversity Goals” NAIS

What To Think About When Building Or Rebuilding A School Medium


To Improve, Ask For Advice, Not Feedback Inc.
“Those who were asked to give advice gave more critical and actionable input. In fact, advice-givers gave comments on a whopping 34 percent more areas of improvement and gave 56 percent more ways to improve. Three more studies by the researchers produced similar conclusions.”


On Classroom Management - No Matter Where You Teach We Are Teachers
“Always default to compassion.”

“Students Learn More From Inquiry Based Teaching” EdWeek

Six Routines To Open And Close Your Classes Edutopia


On The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence And The Mind The American Interest

33 Segments Of Code That Have Changed The World Slate

Wow. Invisibility Cloaks Are Almost Real.  [Video] YouTube/ Telegraph


“Before Adopting Classroom Technology, Figure Out Your Goals” Chronicle of Higher Education
“In order to determine whether incorporating technology into your teaching makes sense, you need a crystal-clear picture of what you want to accomplish with the technology. Here are some strategies I’ve found useful in my own teaching that can help you uncover which aspects of your course would be best served by bringing in technology and also help steer you away from superfluous, why-are-we-using-this tech choices.”

How Two Schools Are Implementing Cell Phone Bans At School Press-Enterprise

"The World's Largest 3D Printer — And the Patrol Boat It Printed” Maine Public


On Susan Kare: The Original Designer Of Mac Pixellated Icons Quartz


On The Need For Longer Lunches EdWeek
“Sixty-five percent of the students in the study had less than 20 minutes to eat their lunch and those students consumed significantly less of their entrees, vegetables, and milk compared to students who had at least 25 minutes to eat. They ate 13 percent less of their entrees, 12 percent less of their vegetables, and drank 10 percent less of their milk, Cohen found. Students were also much less likely to select fruit for their meal.”

“Universal Free Lunch Is Linked To Better Test Scores” Chalkbeat


On When — And Whether — To Believe Education Researchers Daniel Willingham
“When I get an electrician to figure out why the breaker in my living room keeps flipping, I understand she may be more or less skillful in diagnosis and repair than another licensed electrician. What I don’t expect is that she could have wildly different—perhaps completely opposing—ideas about how electricity works and how to wire a house compared to someone else I might have called.”

“J. S. Bach The Rebel: The Subversive Practice Of A Canonical Composer” Lapham’s Quarterly
“I’ve talked to people who feel they know Bach very well, but they aren’t aware of the time he was imprisoned for a month. They never learned about Bach pulling a knife on a fellow musician during a street fight. They never heard about his drinking exploits—on one two-week trip he billed the church eighteen gorchsen for beer, enough to purchase eight gallons of it at retail prices—or that his contract with the Duke of Saxony included a provision for tax-free beer from the castle brewery; or that he was accused of consorting with an unknown, unmarried woman in the organ loft; or had a reputation for ignoring assigned duties without explanation or apology.”

On How Incremental, Consistent Steps Lead To Success Inc.