Stanford to cut Stanford Univ. Press

Just wow. The Stanford press actually brings in about $5 million a year in book sales, a sum that is impressive compared to sales of many scholarly publishers. But it has also depended on support from the university, which in recent years has provided $1.7 million annually. Provost Persis Drell told the Faculty Senate Thursday that the … Continue reading Stanford to cut Stanford Univ. Press

You’re not “addicted” to tech and why it’s dangerous to say you are

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As a teacher from 2001-2006 and then from 2008-2012, I had the chance to work with dozens of young people and their parents at a time when so much we knew and thought about education and transmitting information was changing. There was a rapid cultural shift in that decade that was primarily driven by "technology" … Continue reading You’re not “addicted” to tech and why it’s dangerous to say you are

Defending the Liberal Arts

Long overdue... The new statement offers a counterargument to the notion that the liberal arts are impractical, and perhaps unnecessary. The disciplines, it argues, increase students’ curiosity, prepare them to be lifelong learners, and offer a foundation for academic freedom. As a result, the associations argue, the benefits of the liberal arts should be available … Continue reading Defending the Liberal Arts

The dangers of thinking “They’ll get it because they’re young”

So very true despite the stereotypes (spoken as a former college / high school / middle school teacher turned tech consultant). Parents have a big burden to bear in helping their young and old children make wise decisions about how and why to use the web. Just assuming "they'll get it because they're young" is … Continue reading The dangers of thinking “They’ll get it because they’re young”

Link: How David Bowie helped my autistic son become himself.

I'll freely admit that I didn't make it through this without some tears... I don’t think it’s saying too much to suggest that Bowie helped Benj discover his humanity. Like all of us, the parents, the therapists, and teachers, he was drawing the child’s spirit out into the light of relations that could sustain it. … Continue reading Link: How David Bowie helped my autistic son become himself.

The “Mystery” of Good Schools

"The authors of these two books demonstrate that grand ideas cannot be imposed on people without their assent. Money and power are not sufficient to improve schools. Genuine improvement happens when students, teachers, principals, parents, and the local community collaborate for the benefit of the children. But a further lesson matters even more: improving education … Continue reading The “Mystery” of Good Schools

The Loss of Solitary Exploration

"This experimental feature helps voters make more informed choices, and levels the playing field for candidates to share ideas and positions on issues they may not have had a chance to address during the debate. By publishing long-form text, photos and videos throughout the debate, campaigns can now give extended responses, answer questions they didn’t … Continue reading The Loss of Solitary Exploration

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Teachers who aim to control students' behavior—rather than helping them control it themselves—undermine the very elements that are essential for motivation: autonomy, a sense of competence, and a capacity to relate to others. Source: What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? | Mother Jones Must read for parents, teachers, students, and most … Continue reading What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Card Cataloging and What Comes After Google

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I was always in the 900's as a kid and teenager... 000 – General works, Computer science and Information 100 – Philosophy and psychology 200 – Religion 300 – Social sciences 400 – Language 500 – Pure Science 600 – Technology 700 – Arts & recreation 800 – Literature 900 – History & geography Then … Continue reading Card Cataloging and What Comes After Google

The Colbert Surprise and Good Marketing

Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he would fund every existing grant request South Carolina public school teachers have made on the education crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org. Source: Stephen Colbert funds $800,000 in grants for South Carolina public school teachers Compare that to this. I was sad to see no requests from my home county, which … Continue reading The Colbert Surprise and Good Marketing

My First Podcast In a While and One of the Best I’ve Been On

I'm doing more podcasting over at Thinking.FM in 2015. There, I wrote it so I have to do it. ThinkingDaily will be going back strong as of January 1st. I hope you'll listen. As a part of that, I was asked by Elisabeth Kauffman and Merianna Neely Harrelson to join them on their awesome Thinking … Continue reading My First Podcast In a While and One of the Best I’ve Been On