Not so irrelevant 009

My latest roundup of links and tools...

Do buildings matter?

  • Jay Matthews wonders how much we should care about decrepit school buildings.
  • Math matters

    • Daniel de Vise provides an even-handed overview of the math scene.
    • Moving forward in Manassas

      • It's always nice to read about a superintendent who gets it.
      • Extremely handy

        • I use this online stopwatch a lot in my presentations.
        • Sylvia is skeptical

          • A few weeks back, Sylvia Martinez had a great post about Curriki and the like. I wonder what she thinks about my letter last year to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings (see also my follow-up post)?
          • Follow the numbers

            • I am appreciating Jon Becker's use of large-scale data to ferret out interesting questions and issues. Check out his posts on digital equity and math achievement to see what I mean.
            • Eduwonkette - a.k.a. Jennifer Jennings - is the queen of using data in interesting and provocative ways in her posts. She and Jon are good models for the rest of us who have access to data.
            • Send this to your wife or neighbors and spark a good conversation about your kids

              • If you somehow haven't run across it yet at another blog, be sure to read Clive Thompson's article in the New York Times about the brave new world of digital intimacy. Lots of conversation-provoking stuff in there...
              • Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

                The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

                Michael Drosnin
                Surprising Science
                • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
                • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
                • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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                How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

                Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

                Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
                • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
                • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
                • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
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                Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

                Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

                (Eugene Sim/Shutterstock)
                Surprising Science
                • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
                • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
                • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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