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]

    A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

    Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"

    Surprising Science
    • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
    • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
    • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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    Science confirms: Earth has more than one 'moon'

    Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.

    J. Sliz-Balogh, A. Barta and G. Horvath
    Surprising Science
    • Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
    • These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
    • The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
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    New study reveals what time we burn the most calories

    Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

    Photo: Victor Freitas / Unsplash
    Surprising Science
    • Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
    • While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
    • Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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