“In her new book Merchants of Truth, Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, had apparently plagiarized from several sources… The irony was thick. Here was a veteran of the industry, a Harvard journalism lecturer no less, getting facts wrong in a book about “the fight for facts” in contemporary news.”
We find that a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes. Relative to students assigned to the control group, treatment school students experienced a 3.6 percentage point reduction in disciplinary infractions, an improvement of 13 percent of a standard deviation in standardized writing scores, and an increase of 8 percent of a standard deviation in their compassion for others. In terms of our measure of compassion for others, students who received more arts education experiences are more interested in how other people feel and more likely to want to help people who are treated badly.”
The seven tenets of globally competent school leaders fall under four domains: (1) vision setting, (2) pedagogy and practice, (3) situated action, and (4) systems and structures. These domains reflect general best practices of educational leadership, while recognizing the ways in which one’s local professional context is interconnected to a broader global environment.”
Hope scores are significant predictors of average daily attainment and GPA, Hellman said. Hope is a better predictor of first-year college performance than the SAT, ACT or high school GPA.”
Put simply: sleep – a consistent seven- to nine-hour opportunity each night – is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day.”
“Smaller groups were more likely to produce novel findings than larger ones. Those novel contributions usually took a year or so to catch on, after which larger research teams did the work of consolidating the ideas and solidifying the evidence.”
Because editorial writing at newspapers is a collaborative process, you can write your entry as a team or by yourself — though, please, only one submission per student. When you’re done, submit it using the contest form below by Tuesday, April 2, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Be sure to read the rules — also below — before posting. Our judges will then use this rubric for selecting winners to publish on The Learning Network.”
“Then e-mail arrived and changed everything. First, you would only hook the computer up through your landline phone a couple of times a day, as if there were a special moment to send and receive mail. Then came the permanent connection. Finally, the wireless, and, of course, the Internet. In the space of perhaps ten years, you passed from waiting literally months for a decision on something that you’d written, or simply for a reaction from a friend or an agent, to expecting a reaction immediately. Whereas in the past you checked your in-box once a day, now you checked every five minutes.”
“I don't want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act.”
Do I see a long future of mother-son video game nights ahead? Not really… I'll keep playing for the practical benefits and the emotional ones, too. Taking part in another's pleasure, no matter how anodyne or indecipherable that pleasure may feel to us, is revelatory. We learn what makes them tick, and we learn what makes them smile. They, in return, feel understood. This is worth at least a weekly video game session — twice a week, tops.”
If we want to produce general intelligence, we have to focus less on teaching machines to do very specialized tasks, and concentrate instead on understanding how the web of the mind comes to be, and how it is instantiated in the physiology of the brain and the body. Ultimately, perception, cognition, and behavior are all memory – a deep, complex, layered memory from which the environment continuously generates patterns. Some of these patterns are perceptions; others are thoughts or ideas; and some are behaviors.”
This week, OpenAI shared a paper covering their latest work on text generation technology but they’re deviating from their standard practice of releasing the full research to the public out of fear that it could be abused by bad actors… One concern they have is that the technology would be used to turbo-charge fake news operations… Other concerns that the researchers listed as potentially abusive included automating phishing emails, impersonating others online, and self-generating harassment. But they also believe that there are plenty of beneficial applications to be discovered.”
Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.
Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.
– Peter Nilsson