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


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 – Feb. 12

Inbox & The Web

This has been on my screen for a while but finally finished Part 1 of The Intercept‘s three-part exposé on DuPont and a scary chemical, C8. The New York Times Magazine also has a nice write-up about the lawyer who took on the DuPont chemical case.

Vellum or durable high-quality archival paper? (A random read, sent by my professor for Discourse Analysis.)

Curiosity: What would a Trump presidency look like? via Quartz.

The hard stuff

An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method by James Paul Gee

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami