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The Weekend Collection

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:45:22 +0000

A few good things to read, hear, and watch when time allows this week. Read: Elizabeth II has been on the British throne for more than 60 years, but she obviously will not be Queen of the realm forever. So, how will the royal family, the government, and the BBC handle a transition to a […]

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The Weekend Collection

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:16:39 +0000

A small collection of good things to read, and hear (no watch) when time allows this week. Read: This past Tuesday, March 14, was Pi day. 3/14 = 3.14, the approximation of this classic irrational number. From two years ago, a writer for the New Yorker goes beyond the trivia to briefly explain in relatively […]

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Legislating Government Censorship

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:07:24 +0000

In May 2014, the high court of the European Union declared that EU citizens had a “right to be forgotten” online, derived from the Union’s stringent personal privacy laws. The information is actually forgotten, of course, just removed from our collective memories, also known as Google. The “right to be forgotten” in the European Union […]

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The Messages We Send

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:10:11 +0000

This past weekend I attended and presented at a conference, hosted in a high school. Entering through the front door of the school, this large banner was one of the first things anyone would see. I certainly understand why a school staff would be happy, even proud, about receiving their state accreditation, especially if they […]

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The Weekend Collection

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:33:26 +0000

A small collection of good things to read and watch (didn’t have much time to listen last week) when time allows. Read: I have a great deal of admiration for David Letterman. He’s an intelligent, very funny guy with a lot of class. All of that shows through in this conversation in which he offers […]

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Teaching How To Fail Shouldn’t Be An Option

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:59:04 +0000

This is just a short rant about something that’s been buzzing around my head for a while. Feel free to ignore it. Over the past few months, at several conferences, in a webinar or two, in more than a few articles, and in a long Twitter discussion, I’ve heard some variation of the “it’s ok […]

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What To Do When ET’s Phone Call Arrives

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:50:56 +0000

While life continues chaotically forward (sorta) here on Earth, there are still people looking upward and outward for signs of life, intelligent or otherwise. They’re also trying to figure out what we will do when, and they do believe it’s when, not if, a message arrives. Within the International Academy of Astronautics, a group has drawn […]

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Debating Charters, Intelligently

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:55:33 +0000

The concept of debate has been severely corrupted in the age of 24-hour talking head television. Boxing up two to six people on a TV screen and letting them yell opinions over each other for five minutes may make for higher ratings but it certainly doesn’t provide any context for whatever the topic is. A […]

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Day Old News

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:37:50 +0000

I have a confession to make. I haven’t watched TV news since sometime back in September. Not the 24-hour talking heads channels, not the broadcast network’s evening summaries, not even 60 Minutes. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up with current events, in all their crappyness. Instead of suffering through all the faux […]

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The “Right” Way to Learn Math

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:09:07 +0000

In a short essay for a Canadian newspaper, a high school math teacher reflects on his work and wonders if it’s pointless. I also don’t feel the time I spent helping students (mostly freshmen and sophomores) understand math was “pointless”. I do disagree with with his idea of “math as a gym for the mind”, […]

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