The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #356 (April 18, 2021)

    • New Yorker
    • 09/28/21

    “Science is objective. Scientists are not. Can an “iron rule” explain how they’ve changed the world anyway?”

    • Christensen Institute
    • 04/15/21

    “To help school communities think through what’s the purpose of schooling, a little history can help, as the dominant policy rationale for public schools’ purpose in society has changed over time. “

ADOLESCENCE

    • New York Times
    • 04/11/21

    “They reason they’ll be fine is built right into the biology of early adolescence, explained Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University and the author of “Age of Opportunity,” the influential 2014 book on adolescent brain science. The fact that middle schoolers are going through a “critical period” of heightened brain flexibility, instability and plasticity, he said, means that they are hypersensitive and ultra-vulnerable — and also extra-primed for adaptability and resilience.”

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Peter Nilsson

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