The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #217 (January 7, 2018)

    • NEASC
    • 01/02/18

    Safety is not a single static state; it is a capacity. A safe school is not an absolute, it is an approach and a practice. We must practice the ability to assess risk and make a sensible choice. Practice the perception of danger and the possible alternatives. Practice acting swiftly in some circumstances and behaving with restraint in others. Safety, to paraphrase Reinhold Niebuhr, is the wisdom to know what needs to be changed.”

    • ASCD
    • 02/23/17

    The following lists for each of the major content areas, although not comprehensive, can act as starting points through which communities of teachers can begin to think in terms of disciplinary literacy.”









    • National Ed Policy Center
    • 01/02/18

    Begun with an initial cohort of 12 high schools across the country, no one model of a secondary school was pushed. Instead, Sizer and his staff formulated 10 principles upon which educators should build schools that fit their setting. These principles were: 1. Learning to use one’s mind well: The school should focus on helping young people learn to use their minds well. Schools should not be “comprehensive” if such a claim is made at the expense of the school’s central intellectual purpose…”




    • Quartz
    • 01/03/18

    In October, OSIRIS-REx, a spacecraft that’s bound to intersect an asteroid in August this year, took the photo above from about 5 million km (3 million miles) away from the Earth. NASA posted the picture on Jan. 2, providing the public with a unique view of our planet and its moon. The angle is great to get a grasp of what the distance between the two celestial bodies really looks like, but it’s not perfect.”






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Peter Nilsson


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