September 29 - October 6, 2019

Another extraordinary week:

One feature performs a remarkable thought experiment: what if the human mind were a new technology?  How would we responsibly deploy it to help make decisions in a world that (hypothetically) was previously entirely data and logic driven?  An interesting frame!

The other feature proposes that mathematics have been a powerful cultural force, and not only an academic one.  It makes an excellent read for anyone considering the weight and value of the various disiciplines.

Many other good reads, about topics both practical and contextual: on tracking, on sleep, on the science of learning to read, on developments in A.I., and on much more.


Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


“Mathematics As A Cultural Force”  Longreads
"In his new book, Proof!: How the World Became Geometrical, historian Amir Alexander advances an audacious claim: that Euclidean geometry profoundly influenced not just the history of mathematics, but also broader sociopolitical reality.”

What Is Human Thinking Were A New Technology? How Would We Use It?  Behavioral Scientist
"Recognition of the powerful pattern matching ability of humans is growing. As a result, humans are increasingly being deployed to make decisions that affect the well-being of other humans. We are starting to see the use of human decision makers in courts, in university admissions offices, in loan application departments, and in recruitment. Soon humans will be the primary gateway to many core services.”



“Harvard Won The Admissions Trial But Has Changed Its Process Anyway”  Quartz


Should We End All Timed Tests?  One Teacher Reflects.  EdWeek


Understanding Joy: How It Works, How To Foster It  New York Times


“Study: Better Sleep Habits Lead To Better College Grades”  MIT
“Those are among the conclusions from an experiment in which 100 students in an MIT engineering class were given Fitbits, the popular wrist-worn devices that track a person’s activity 24/7, in exchange for the researchers’ access to a semester’s worth of their activity data. The findings — some unsurprising, but some quite unexpected — are reported today in the journal Science of Learning in a paper by MIT postdoc Kana Okano, professors Jeffrey Grossman and John Gabrieli, and two others.”


One District Removes Tracking And Finds Greater Equity  Detroit News


How You Answer Questions From Children Influences Their Learning  Hechinger Report


A New Book About Prose Poems  The Walrus

How To Talk About Impeachment In Your Classes, Including Resources  History Tech


“How World Language Teaching Has Evolved”  Cult of Pedagogy


What Leaked Audio Of Zuckerberg’s Meeting Reveals About Leadership  The Verge


Mentoring New Teachers Aids With Retention  Education Dive


Five Ways To “[Design] Schools For How Humans Learn”   Getting Smart

3 Approaches To Turning Lectures Into Active Learning Exercises  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Summaries Of The Science Of Learning To Read  EdWeek
“That’s why we’ve put together this overview of the research on early reading, in grades K-2. It covers what’s known about how we should teach letter-sound patterns, and what we don’t know for sure yet. It touches on what else should be part of early reading programs. And it explains why we know that most children can’t learn to read through osmosis or guessing.”

Is Instagram (A Part Of) The Future Of Reading?  Fast Company
“Last year, the New York Public Library released an experiment to put the full text of novels in its Instagram Stories. Today, an estimated 300,000 people are reading books this way.”

"Books Won’t Die”  Paris Review
“In hindsight, we can see how rarely one technology supersedes another: the rise of the podcast makes clear that video didn’t doom audio any more than radio ended reading.”

On The Oxford Comma  Quartz

Fan Fiction Sites As A Study For Writing Instruction Sites  Atlantic

On Letting Students Drive Their Own Writing  EdSurge


Paralyzed Man Uses Mind To Walk With Exoskeleton  BBC
“Sophisticated computer software reads the brainwaves and turns them into instructions for controlling the exoskeleton.”


Highlights From Teachers College’s Conference On A.I. In Education  Teachers College

Over 500 U.S. Schools Hit By Ransomware  ZDNet

On Education Technology That Actually Helps Learning  Hack Education


“Students At High-Achieving Schools Now Named ‘At-Risk’ Group”  Washington Post

How Americans Perceive Success  Gallup

On Rising Tuition, And How One School “Reset” Its Tuition  Hechinger Report

“School Districts Vow To Sue Juul Over Student Vaping”  EdWeek

On Doing Nothing In A Time of Cognitive Clutter  Guardian

“Professor Minerva McGonagall’s Letter To The Tenure Committee”  McSweeney's