January 12 - January 19, 2020

An excellent week with several thought-provoking ideas.

The lead feature article describes an interesting reimagining of how schools might respond to plagiarism.  Based on Harvard University's "Regret Clause," it suggests a kind of sanctuary policy for students to turn themselves in within a certain time frame.

The second feature article describes what I've come to understand are two essential components for fostering the best creative work.

Also, see excellent writing on the crisis in the humanities, on bias in textbooks, on social media content collapse, and for more optimistic takes: on the value of the liberal arts, on how writing to learn can help science classes, and more.


Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


A Regret Clause: A Sanctuary Policy For Plagiarism Yale Daily News
“If reported to Yale’s Executive Committee, those found guilty of academic dishonesty could face suspension, probation or other reprimands. But thanks to the regret clause, CS50 instructors on both campuses pledge not to bring such cases to the Executive Committee for students who admit to potential academic dishonesty within 72 hours of the submission deadline. Instead of traditional disciplinary measures, the report states, the team may give a zero for the problem set and connect students with mental or academic support structures across campus.”

The Balancing Act Of Creativity: Connectivity And Isolation 99u
“For managers and teams, the takeaway is clear: a structure that allows for periods of collaboration and periods of uninterrupted individual work can boost creativity and productivity.”



5 Ways To Deepen Relationships With Kids KQED

10 Reasons Teens Have Anxiety (And How To Help Curb Some Of ThemPsychology Today
“Exposure is the best way to conquer fear but only when it's done incrementally. Without practice, gentle nudging, and guidance, kids never gain confidence that they can face their fears head-on.”


Everything You Wanted To Know About: Multitasking Quartz

Are Comic Books Good For The Brain Because Of Visual Communication? Quartz

“What Happens In Your Brain When You Make Art” KQED


Do We Need To Teach “Algorithm Literacy”? EdSurge
“To better equip students for the modern information environment, the report recommends that faculty teach algorithm literacy in their classrooms. And given students’ reliance on learning from their peers when it comes to technology, the authors also suggest that students help co-design these learning experiences.”


A Longread On The Difference Between Equality And Egalitarianism New Yorker


ROI On Liberal Arts Colleges Is Higher… After 40 Years Inside Higher Ed.


A Collection Of Essays: The Humanities Apocalypse Isn’t Coming. It’s HereThe Chronicle Review
“The academic study of literature is no longer on the verge of field collapse. It’s in the midst of it. Preliminary data suggest that hiring is at an all-time low. Entire subfields (modernism, Victorian poetry) have essentially ceased to exist. In some years, top-tier departments are failing to place a single student in a tenure-track job. Aspirants to the field have almost no professorial prospects; practitioners, especially those who advise graduate students, must face the uneasy possibility that their professional function has evaporated… Altogether, these essays and articles offer a comprehensive picture of an unfolding catastrophe.”

Primary Source Examples Of Partisanship At Work In Textbooks New York Times


Five Strategies For Nurturing Global Perspectives In Students Harvard Graduate School of Education


“The 10 Most Checked Out Books In N.Y Public Library History” The New York Times

“For Linguists, It Was The Decade Of The Pronoun” The Conversation

"Writing To Learn In Your Science Classes” (Via Middle School) Middle Web


How Much To Save Monthly For Retirement, By Age Decile The Motley Fool


Social Media-Driven Facial Recognition Software In The U.S. Is Here The New York Times

Nicholas Carr: From Context Collapse To Content Collapse Rough Type


The Making Of “Maiden”: The Documentary Of The All Female Sailing Team LA Times

How Do We Define A More Meaningful Life? A Psychologist Tries. Scientific American