Monthly Archives: April 2014

Not Sure How You Forget This

Seems kinda important and hard to miss (observed at 65 Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston):

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It’s Never Too Early to Teach Kids to Hate Learning: The Elwood, NY Edition

I’ve written before about how we are inflicting high-stakes testing on small children, to their detriment. Now we note this letter from the Elwood, NY Public Schools (if the picture isn’t clear, text follows): The letter to kindergarten parents and … Continue reading

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Links 4/26/14

Links for you. Science: Brutal honesty: Author takes to PubPeer to announce retraction — and tells us she’ll lose PhD, professorship How Does IQ Relate to Personality? Left Behind—Will Proposed Rules in Scholarly Publishing Leave Behind a Population of Researchers? … Continue reading

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Sedum rupestre, observed at the U.S. Botanical Garden, Washington, D.C.:

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The History of the NAEP

I’ve often referred to the NAEP data and test scores when writing about education. But what most people don’t know is that the standardized testing component–which is what the NAEP is for all subject areas–was originally only supposed to be … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Uncategorized

Links 4/25/14

Links for you. Science: Absurd Creature of the Week: World’s Most Badass Ant Skydives, Uses Own Head as a Shield A fruit fly is not a mammal, and other revelations from the museum Solar Power Satellites: A Visual Introduction Hobby … Continue reading

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A Citty on a Hill

Observed from the Boston Common (the title refers to this):

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Bringing Tenure to a Gun Fight

If you haven’t heard, the faculty and students of the University of Maine have been fighting to have a bunch of idiotic cuts restored. As you might imagine, there have been non-violent protests and heated faculty meetings. And then there’s … Continue reading

Posted in BANG! BANG!, Civil Liberties, Education

Links 4/24/14

Links for you. Science: The change to NIH resubmission policy probably won’t change very much The PhD Deluge Bacteriophages: an underestimated role in human and animal health? Stop Using Rat Poison, It’s Killing Wildlife Multitarget TB drug could treat other … Continue reading

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You Shall Not Pass?

Observed on Pleasant St., Cambridge, MA:

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