Week in Reads – April 1

Inbox & The Web

Carol Burris predicts a sea change for New York City schools. Only time will tell.

An exercise in bad writing. I could probably pull from my own course papers for this exercise…

Reading out loud to a bunch of 8th graders does seem strange, but as the author notes, stories do have a way of binding us together.

“A year in startup hell.”

A long read on gentrification and its consequences.

Research that could potentially reshape housing policy.

Other Stuff

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Class Acts

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Week in Reads – March 25

Inbox & The Web

On writing.

Schools: Students are demanding that their colleges and universities provide free tampons and menstral pads. While some may laugh at this suggestion, the fact that such necessities aren’t readily available highlights the many ways in which women’s health needs are made invisible.

The National Writing Project has some positive impacts on teachers’ practice and students’ writing. I’m guessing that you folks had some idea of this already though.

Interns:I remember reading up on this when they first launched the project. It’s great to see ProPublica’s investigation into the intern economy in full (though I hope they continue to update it).

Coney Island

Week in Reads – March 4

After reading Ted Wilson’s Ted Wilson Reviews the World: Girl Scout Cookies on Medium, I thought I’d try my own weekly review of something in the world.

It’s not original by any means, but inspiration comes from all sorts of places, right? Part of my interest in attempting this weekly review of something in my world stems mostly from wanting to write more. I’m trying to find ways to get myself to write, and get over the hurdle of that “ugh, but I don’t feel like doing it right now.”

Writing problems.

Here are some of the reads I came across this week on the Internet and my inbox. What did you read this week?

Inbox & the Web

The New School proposed a new funding scheme for NSSR’s prize fellowships, and from what I’ve overheard and read about it, the grad students are having none of it. And for good reason. My colleague, Nathan, did a live post about it the recent Town Hall University President David Van Zandt led. I may have my own responses to this as it plays out in the coming days.

Speaking of school: So the problem with essays is our understanding of the word “essay” is stilted? Over at Cornell, “plantation” is questioned. And the STEM vs humanities fight continues.

On a different level: When we speak, are we speaking to an already existing public? Or do are they created afterwards?

And emails. Why do we get so many damn emails.

The Hard Stuff

Class Acts by Rachel Sherman

Week in Reads – Feb. 19

Inbox & the Web

Critical pedagogy, identity, and true Self.

The surge in the number of students eligible for free or reduced lunch (a measure of poverty) didn’t just happen over night. Inequality doesn’t just happen over night. It’s been happening for a while, and growing, and will continue to grow. Throwing vouchers and waivers around like it’ll fix the education problem for poor families ignores a lot of intersecting factors that result in what we call “poor academic performance.”

Is there an average outside its use in scientific measurements? What does it mean to “be average”?

“Unschooling” is a thing, but it just sounds like “fancy homeschooling for white folks.”


The Hard Stuff

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

Week in Reads – Jan. 15

Inbox & the Web

crime & justice: Solitary confinement of juveniles is overused in Nebraska juvenile detention centers, according to a report by the ACLU-Nebraska. The mirroring of juvenile justice with the adult criminal system is questionable, and is indicative of the mainstream ideology of how we deal with the issue of juvenile acts labeled as criminal or event deviant. It goes without saying that juveniles aren’t adults, yet our institutions prefer to take the big stick approach, ignoring vital research done in the field of adolescent development that could inform juvenile detention and rehabilitation policies.

education: World-schooling is a new concept for me, but the idea of a student-driven learning process is something I’ve been attracted. Textbooks and worksheets are okay (I think… I never liked them though and never got anything out of them), but I like the idea that there are infinite learning opportunities in the world.

The drive is on, and it’s making us sick.


The Hard stuff

Ghetto Schooling: The Political Economy of Urban Education Reform by Jean Anyon
City Kids City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row edited by W. Ayers, G. Ladson-Billings, B. Michie, and P. Noguera
Capitalism & Modern Social Theory by Anthony Giddens
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami