How productive have I been today? This productive:
world-shaker: What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success For starters, Finland has no standardized tests. The only exception is what’s called the National Matriculation Exam, which everyone takes at the end of a voluntary upper-secondary school, roughly the equivalent of American high school. Instead, the public school system’s teachers are trained to assess...
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heymissat: and whimper if school starts for you tomorrow and you’re SO not ready.
What's Up With "Eponyms"?
The meaning of a story should go on expanding for the reader the more he thinks...– Flannery O’Connor responds to a school teacher’s odd take on A Good Man Is Hard to Find, offering some timeless broader insight on storytelling and interpretation in the process. Susan Sontag put it even more forcefully: “Today is such a time, when the project of interpretation is largely...
Memories are becoming hyperlinks to information triggered by keywords and URLs....– Amber Case, cyberanthropologist and CEO of Geoloqi, in our report on the future of millennials’ hyperconnected lives. (via pewinternet) What can education reflect this? (via adventuresinlearning)
What's Up With "Beg the Question"?
Chimpanzees, while they are very smart and interesting creatures, cannot tell...– John Green (via quietlyc0nfident)
What's Up With "Racked By Guilt" and "Wracked By...
What's Up With "Moot"?
Grammar Myth: It's Wrong to Answer "I'm Good" to...
theyuniversity: Drives me nuts when people get snotty about “good/well”.
What's Up With "Per Se"?
What's Up With "Enervate"?
theyuniversity: I think this confuses folks because enervate feels like it should be synonymous with having energy. It is not.
What's Up With "Lay" and "Lie"?
theyuniversity: Ugh, I still don’t totally get it. But this helps!
What's Up With "Among" and "Amongst"? (And "Amid"...
What's Up With "Every Day" and "Everyday"?
Wisława Szymborska - truly my favorite poet. →
I would consider ice cream the only true benefit of colonialism, except many...– Michael Yellowbird, “Cowboys and Indians: Toys of Genocide, Icons of American Colonialism.” truth. (via nockknock) Sad but true. (via svnoyi)
The First Four Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder
lazybookreviews: Faithful readers remember that I frequently rail against Almanzo Wilder’s mediocre qualities as a husband. Don’t get me wrong, kids, he was AWESOME as a sweetheart. He had horses, he walked her home from church, he picked her up at that horrible boarding house. He only BRIEFLY floated that threesome-with-Nellie option, and was mad respectful when Laura told him to step off. ...
People you will meet in discussions about sexism... →
spitfire-in-space: Mr “Welcome to the real world”. Sexism happens. Always has, always will. Might as well suck it up and deal with it. Try to change society? What are you, mad? I don’t like it either, sunshine, but just be good and don’t make a fuss. Mr “Oh my god calm down it was a joke”. Everyone knows if you tack “lol” onto the end of a sentence, no one can get mad at you because you ...
Girl with a Lesson Plan: Spent most of my... →
girlwithalessonplan: “Look at how pretty Belle is!” Yes, but you know what makes Belle great? She reads! Remember the awesome gift Beast gave her? The room with the books? What’s that called? Yes! A library! Do you have a library? “I wish I had hair like Rapunzel.” But you’re fierce like her. This isn’t even her real hair. You know what color her real hair is? Yep, it’s brown. How...
You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves...– Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast (via weelittleactress)
When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements of which...– Alice Hoffman (via ohmuffins)
What's Up With "Advisor" and "Adviser"?
What's Up With Syntax and Diction?
theyuniversity: Eminem image source: Hip Hop Galaxy
Amazing University Libraries
coursekit: Flavorwire ran an awesome collection of the 25 most gorgeous university libraries. It’s clear these schools take their libraries seriously - and we love when design meets education. Check out our favorites below. University of Salamanca Library, Salamanca, Spain Read More Gorgeous!
Teachers Don't Like Creative Students
coursekit: Research has indicated that teachers prefer traits that seem to run counter to creativity, such as conformity and unquestioning acceptance of authority. Study results described creative people as “not having the time to be courteous, as refusing to take no for an answer, and as being negativistic and critical of others. ” Hmm… via Marginal Revolution “negativistic and...
Colleges say they’re seeing more students on campus with psychiatric illnesses....– A Serious Illness or an Excuse? An interesting article, though with a ridiculous title (I wouldn’t expect much else from WSJ). (via world-shaker) While I have virtually no respect for WSJ and their shoddy journalism, I find this study fascinating. I don’t think there are more mentally...
Gitmo Forever? Congress’s Dangerous New Bill →
hipsterlibertarian: For nearly ten years now, Guantanamo Bay’s military prison has been an international symbol of United States lawlessness and a recruiting boon for al-Qaeda. If Congress gets its way the facility will stay that way for the indefinite future. Both houses of Congress have now approved versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that would require the use...