The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Educator’s Notebook #78 (May 10, 2015)

    • Stanford
    • 05/07/15

    Stress is most likely to be harmful when the following conditions are present: it feels against your will, out of your control and utterly devoid of meaning. If you can change any of these conditions – by finding some meaning in it – you can reduce the harmful effects of stress.”

    • New York Times
    • 05/02/15

    “He’s concerned, as I am, that too many anxious parents and their addled children believe in, and insist on, an exacting, unforgiving script for success and (supposedly) happiness. Go to this venerable college. Pursue that sensible course of study. Tailor your exertions to the looming job market. They put too much faith in plotting, too little in serendipity. And it can leach joy and imagination from their pursuits.”

    • NAIS
    • 06/01/14

    At the very least, schools that believe in equity and justice and want their students to be future leaders need to help students — especially white students — understand the history of race and racism and how both play out in contemporary society. This racial content knowledge constitutes a basic social literacy that all students should have.”














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Peter Nilsson


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