November 17 - November 24, 2019

An extraordinary week of thoughtful reads:

Both feature articles offer perspective-shifting questions, the first about plagiarism (perhaps more thought experiment than policy changer) and the second about philosophies of diversity.  The second, in particular, offers what seems to me a very useful series of intellectual frames for how we think about diversity in schools.  

Also, an enjoyable contrast in the pair of headlines in the Other section at the end, but the articles themselves explain how they are not so different after all: kids are thinking their work future.

Many other directly useful and/or thought-provoking pieces this week.  Enjoy!

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


“Is Plagiarism Wrong?” - A Provocative Essay by Agnes Collard The Point
“Academia has confused a convention with a moral rule, and this confusion is not unmotivated. We academics cannot make much money off the papers and books in which we express our ideas, and ideas cannot be copyrighted, so we have invented a moral law that offers us the “property rights” the legal system denies us.”

“7 Ways Of Looking At Diversity” Inside Higher Ed.
“There are all kinds of ways that people talk about identity and diversity these days. I’ve been trying to organize them into approaches. Here’s my first crack. My goal here is to be descriptive, not judgmental. I don’t think these approaches are necessarily mutually exclusive, but I do think some people within each of these approaches are fiercely committed to their own paradigms in a way that dismisses others.”


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How To Talk With Teens About Consent - And Answer Their Questions KQED


Delayed Grades: “A Grading Strategy That Puts The Focus On Learning From Mistakes” KQED


To Succeed: Choose Purpose, Not Passion. Inc.
“For most of us, hard work makes us passionate for a field rather than the other way around. We develop passion for what we do over time, rather than starting out with a clear, defined passion for a particular career path… A well-rooted sense of purpose, in other words, gives you way more grit than passion alone ever could. And that grit is what is likely to make you successful over the long haul.”


On Why We Take So Many Pictures, And What It Does To Our Memory The Smart Set
“In a study published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, researchers found that people are less likely to remember things they photograph than things they only observe… This constant connection to a device is doing our brains a disservice. Every time our smartphone diverts us from reality we pay a switch cost: an interruption in our brain’s thought processes. While this only accounts for a few tenths of a second each time it happens, the cumulative cost of our bifurcated focus can amount to 40% of our brain’s daily productivity.”

Nir Eyal On How To Focus In A Digital Age [Podcast] Harvard Business Review
“Eyal shares specific, actionable techniques for making “indistractability” a habit — by prioritizing the right activities, staying focused on completing goals, and staying accountable and motivated over time.”


Recess, Constructive Play, And Social Development EdSurge


What Does The Research Say About The Efficacy Of Trigger Warnings? Aeon
“All these new research findings don’t undermine the ethical or ideological case for trigger warnings, but they do cast serious doubt on the psychological arguments mustered by trigger-warning advocates.”

New Zealand Aims To Boost Speakers of Maori Language [Podcast] Public Radio International
“New Zealand is hoping that by 2040, one million Kiwis will be able to speak basic te reo Māori, the Maori language. This ambitious goal is part of an official language strategy that sees the revival of New Zealand’s Indigenous language as a key part in national identity and reconciliation.”


On The Importance Of Stability And Safety In Early Years EdSurge


Zadie Smith On Growing Up In The Algorithm The Star
“If you are under 30, and you are able to think for yourself right now, God bless you.”

On The Collapse Of The Information Ecosystem Guardian
“We see it play out every day with the viral spread of misinformation, widening news deserts and the proliferation of fake news. This collapse has much in common with the environmental collapse of the planet that we’re only now beginning to grasp, and its consequences for life as we know it are shaping up to be just as profound.”

High School Students Are Unprepared To Judge Credibility Of Internet Sources Stanford
“More than 96 percent of high school students surveyed failed to consider that ties to the fossil fuel industry might affect the credibility of a website about climate change, while more than half believed a grainy video on Facebook that claimed to show ballot stuffing (which was actually shot in Russia) constituted “strong evidence” of voter fraud in the United States.”


“When Should A College Say It Might Close?” Education Dive

How To Lead A Holistic Technology Agenda McKinsey


Some Schools Still Teach Cursive.  Should They? Wisconsin Public Radio


Ways To Use Video Footage For PE Classes  Hechinger Report


Visualizations To Make A Graphic Designer Wince


“Young Adults Favor Experience Over Degrees For Job Prep” Education Dive
“Although many teens and young adults say there are payoffs to attending college, slightly more (73%) say on-the-job experience is "a good way to prepare for success" in the workforce compared to degrees or other educational experiences.”

“Graduates Value Degrees And Courses Relevant To Their Jobs” Education Dive
“Students tend to see more value in their postsecondary education when it features coursework relevant to their jobs.”