November 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Lots of good stuff this week…
1) My discussion sections had some great discussion about a photographer’s first amendment right not to photograph a same-sex wedding.
3) A data-driven strategy for winding out where Waldo is hiding.
4) MOOC purveyor Udacity admits that MOOC’s don’t actually work:
Last Thursday, Fast Company Magazine put out a story (hagiography?) on Thrun, which contained some staggering statements from the man himself, including:
(on looking at data on drop-outs) “We don’t educate people as others wished, or as I wished. We have a lousy product”.
(on providing remedial education) “These were students from difficult neighborhoods, without good access to computers, and with all kinds of challenges in their lives… it’s a group for which this medium is not a good fit”.
(on the value of Udacity courses) “We’re not doing anything as rich and powerful as what a traditional liberal-arts education would offer you”.
From a guy who cockily said he was on the verge of finding a “magic formula” for education, and that by 2060, thanks to MOOCs, there would only be 10 universities, this is some funny stuff.
5) North Carolina may be on the way to having a megalopolis
6) Does your dog really like you? Maybe no.
7) Professor refused to extend due date and writes awesome letter to students about it.
8) Giant jet lands at wrong airport by mistake. An airport that it may be too big to safely take off from.
9) A data visualization on gun deaths.
10) Sticking with the gun theme, a look at the issue from a perspective of a gun dealer.
11) Doctors are a lot smarter about dying in their own lives than when it comes to their patients. We so over-medicalize death in America and it’s not good for anyone.
12) Time for women combat Marines. They don’t pass the training course at the same rate as men, but some of them are passig.
13) Why should you be most scared of the next Republican president? They havoc he will wreak with the judiciary. Man, these guys are nuts. Scary stuff.
14) M. Night Shyamalan wrote a book on education (it’s probably better he is writing books rather than screenplays). Sound interesting. He says small class sizes are a false hope (hey, I know somebody else who’s written about that). Most interesting? His answer to the root of the problems in education:
Where do you think the achievement gap come from? How did American public schools get to where they are today?
This is opinion, so now we are getting into opinion. It’s racism. It’s racism. Ultimately, and we all have it, a form of it in us, it’s there, it’s in the genetic code of the country … If you took out the schools in the United States that have high poverty, if you took those inner-city schools out, and you just looked all the other public schools in the United States, we lead the world in education. We crush Finland. So we’re doing a good job for those kids. So what color are those kids? They are predominantly white. The inner-city kids are predominantly African-American and Hispanic. We are failing that group and we are doing great for this other group. … And so it’s that there is apathy. There’s a latent feeling like it probably can’t get figured out. So you’re approaching it like its not possible to figure it out.