The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #384 (July 3, 2022)

    • NAIS
    • 06/01/22

    “After collecting the data from 253 accounts, we focused our analysis on data by location. Our initial analysis focuses on New York City, home to the Klingenstein Center and to a robust and diverse micro-ecosystem of independent schools. This analysis examines more than 900 posts involving 11 New York City-area independent schools. Using the text mining tools and analysis, we grouped the experiences shared in these posts into the following categories: (1) racially charged incidents in the classroom, often involving curriculum and pedagogy; (2) interpersonal incidents outside of the classroom; and (3) students of color trying to share racist incidents only to be ignored or told by faculty, staff, and/or fellow students that they were being too sensitive or blowing things out of proportion.”

    • Edutopia
    • 04/22/22

    “Consistent exposure to music, like learning to play a musical instrument, or taking voice lessons, strengthens a particular set of academic and social-emotional skills that are essential to learning. In ways that are unmatched by other pursuits, like athletics for instance, learning music powerfully reinforces language skills, builds and improves reading ability, and strengthens memory and attention, according to the latest research on the cognitive neuroscience of music.”



    • Wired
    • 06/23/22

    “By early 2021, Walsh had gathered ample evidence to prove that esports could bring in as many as 20 ­student-athletes per year and boost the college’s brand among potential applicants who’d been weaned on Fortnite and NBA 2K. Still, some of the school’s administrators scoffed at the idea that gamers deserved the same respect as, say, members of LCCC’s well-regarded rodeo team. “They’re not athletes, because an athlete, by definition, manipulates their body and muscles in a way to interact with some object,” Walsh recalls an administrator saying. “And I said, ‘You just described esports.’ And they’re like, ‘Well, no, they’re not moving.’ And I go, ‘They’re moving their wrists and their fingers with dexterity. And they’re using their brains in such a quick and decisive way. How is that not a sport?’””







    • KQED
    • 02/10/22

    “Whoever thought that you could provide a 4-year-old from an impoverished family with 5 1/2 hours a day, nine months a year of preschool, and close the achievement gap, and send them to college at a higher rate? she asks. I mean, why? Why do we put so much pressure on our pre-K programs?” We might actually get better results, she says, from simply letting little children play.”












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Peter Nilsson


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