November 3 - November 10, 2019

Another good week.

This week, find research on writing instruction, on creativity, on college admission practices, and the pervasiveness of technology among children.  

I also enjoyed the anecdotal article about the math teacher who stopped giving homework in his class and focused all of his class time on work.  How much of our time is spent on direct instruction? Is that the best use of our time? Certainly, it does have a place, but how small or how big?  There's interesting synergy between this featured article and Angela Duckworth's reflections on student perceptions of the efficacy of active v. passive learning.

Enjoy these articles, and more.

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


Population Density — Being Closer Together — Leads To Greater Creativity CityLab
“The actual physical capacity to connect people and ideas may, in fact, be one reason why cities, and some neighborhoods are more conducive for innovation than others.”

High School Math Teacher Removes Homework, Sees Improvement Channell 3000
“We have been able to document the improvement of our student body moving roughly 30 percent not ready for college math to almost 100 percent are ready.”



SAT And ACT Decline In Use, But Are Still A Big Factor In Admissions Education Dive
“The strength of first-year students' grades in all their high school courses — and grades they earned in college prep classes — were the most influential factors for administrators, the association found… Slightly fewer than half of colleges and universities that responded to survey… believe the two tests are "considerably important" in admissions.”

NACAC: “2019 State of College Admission” Report NACAC Net


More Than Half Of Kids Age 8-18 Have A Smartphone NPR


You May Soon Be Able To Major In eSports At Ohio State  NPR
“The program includes a competitive team, a research arm and the esports and game studies major that could be an official offering next fall.”

NCAA To Allow College Athletes To Profit From Endorsements NPR


Are Optimism And Self-Efficacy The Two Traits Needed For Creative Success?  99u

"Design Thinking Versus Grand Design” - Two Modes Of Creativity (via WeChat) Harvard Business Review


Mark Lilla: A Provocative Essay On A Post-Identity Politics America New York Times
“When young people arrive at college they are encouraged to keep this focus on themselves by student groups, faculty members and also administrators whose full-time job is to deal with — and heighten the significance of — “diversity issues.” Fox News and other conservative media outlets make great sport of mocking the “campus craziness” that surrounds such issues, and more often than not they are right to. Which only plays into the hands of populist demagogues who want to delegitimize learning in the eyes of those who have never set foot on a campus.”


How Memphis Rebuilt Parks Named After The Confederacy Fast Company


Four More Lessons From Finland  Stanford Social Innovation Review


How We Solve Problems, And How To Do It Better When In Groups Harvard Business Review


More On Student Perceptions Of Benefits Of Active v. Passive Learning  Character Lab


Research On Writing Instruction Is Slim, But Yields Some Lessons Hechinger Report
“Motivation seems to be the key… If students love to write, because their peers as well as their teachers are eager to see what they have to say, then they will write with energy and pleasure. Perhaps more than any other subject, writing demands a supportive environment, in which students want to become better writers because they love the opportunity to express themselves, and to interact in writing with valued peers and teachers.”


Did Mendeleev Use Sanskrit When Shaping The Periodic Table? American Scientist

“The Size Of Space” - Interactive Visualization Neal Agarwal


What Is the 5G Cellular Network?  Quartz