May 24, 2015 Leave a comment
1) This was a terrific Fresh Air interview on how the government was instrumental in creating Black ghettos. Our racial residential patterns are no historical accident or Black people choosing to live in their own places, but the result of intentional government policies designed to keep Blacks out of white neighborhoods.
2) Loved this interactive feature to find the equivalent in popularity for you name from various decades (e.g., in 1900’s I would have been “Joe.”)
3) Jason Furman on the importance and success of government programs that invest in families.
4) We need to let our young kids learn through play!
TWENTY years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in their own heads or with classmates. But increasingly, these activities are being abandoned for the teacher-led, didactic instruction typically used in higher grades. In many schools, formal education now starts at age 4 or 5. Without this early start, the thinking goes, kids risk falling behind in crucial subjects such as reading and math, and may never catch up.
The idea seems obvious: Starting sooner means learning more; the early bird catches the worm.
But a growing group of scientists, education researchers and educators say there is little evidence that this approach improves long-term achievement; in fact, it may have the opposite effect, potentially slowing emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps even souring kids’ desire to learn…
Over the past 20 years, scientists have come to understand much more about how children learn. Jay Giedd, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, has spent his career studying how the human brain develops from birth through adolescence; he says most kids younger than 7 or 8 are better suited for active exploration than didactic explanation. “The trouble with over-structuring is that it discourages exploration,” he says.
5) Fascinating Slate piece on the origins of race-based slavery (had never really thought about the fact that slavery existed long before, but was not necessarily based on race).
6) How some men (but not women) fake an 80 hour work-week.
7) Speaking of which, one of the reasons I so loved Mad Men was because it was such a great exploration of the role of gender in the workplace.
9) USA Today editorial on the wrongness of Chipotle’s anti-GMO policy.
10) Surprise, surprise, the Patriot Act is not actually helping the FBI catch terrorists.
11) When it comes to social issues, liberals have caught up with conservatives.
12) Not only do we need better train infrastructure, we need the War on Drugs to not blatantly and horribly violate people’s rights while they are riding trains. Seriously, the War on Drugs just has so much more harm than good that I think only those truly ignorant of what is going on can support it. Or fascists.
14) Okay, so this Slate piece freaked me out about ticks pretty good. Actually think I am going to spray my kids’ shoes and socks as a result.