Half-finished or half-baked? 004

Random musings. Half-finished (and quite possibly half-baked) thoughts.

Things that have caught my eye...

Interesting perspectives on the infamous software study

  • "The Education Dept. has missed an opportunity to truly analyze what works in education"
  • "How
  • can a technology that is transforming the way we acquire information

    throughout the economy - revolutionizing businesses from games to

    banking - fail to benefit education?"

  • "The
  • news media at large were gullible, incurious, and downright lazy ...

    The ill effects of their sloth likely will undermine education efforts

    for years to come


    Are we infantilizing adolescents?

    The digital Taliban?

    Attendance, technology, and placing blame

    It's all about the leadership ...

    ... but we have to give them some decision-making power

    Wiki wiki wa, wiki wa, wiki wiki wa


    Unconscious racism

    The way data-driven decision-making ought to be

    Global challenge

    Accountability for teacher prep programs

    Violence in schools

    • If you were worried about violence in American schools, check out this UNESCO report.

    A national platform for an anti-evolution Kansan?

    • In the last 8 years, Kansas has twice had an anti-evolution state

    board of education and twice replaced it with a pro-evolution state

    board of education. The latest news from the whipsawed state is that

    one of the remaining anti-evolution board members is running unopposed for the presidency of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

    When standards shift

    Annie has the final word

    If we stop using the tools of the real world at the school door, then what does school have to do with the world of the student? [at the FPS Technology Focus Blog]

    LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

    Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

    Getty Images
    Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

    No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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    In a first for humankind, China successfully sprouts a seed on the Moon

    China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.

    Image source: CNSA
    Surprising Science
    • China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
    • In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
    • The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
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    A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

    She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

    Strange Maps
    • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
    • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
    • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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    Love in a time of migrants: on rethinking arranged marriages

    Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.

    Culture & Religion

    In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.

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