High Speed YoYo, reviews.
Because ... YoYo. What other excuse do I need?
PublishersWeekly: What Publishers Read at Home with Kids.
I must be old.
nakedcap: How Big Corporations Are Starving Public Schools of Billions of Dollars.
For shame. And many of these companies are supposedly producing educational software and systems. A vicious circle; schools can’t afford to upgrade and buy more product because companies are loopholing taxes.
Guardian.UK: Does the age of an author matter when writing YA fiction?
“One thing we’ve learned from Yalc, is that writers of all ages - young and old – write exactly the kind of fiction that YAs want to read, and long may it continue!” Who comes up with story ideas like this? Ageism!?! How old was Dr. Seuss?
Register.UK: New study into lack of women in Tech: It’s NOT the men’s fault.
“Really it happens a lot earlier than college.” You have to look at the whole timeline for young lives. Right down to the pink baby blankets.
Atlantic: America Is Even Less Socially Mobile Than Economists Thought.
“... in the U.S., roughly half of parental income advantages are passed onto the next generation in the form of higher earnings. This proportion increases for the wealthier: For people whose parents are between the 50th and 90th percentiles of earners, about two-thirds of this parental edge is perpetuated. (It’s also worth noting that two-thirds of 90th-percentile earnings is substantially more money than two-thirds of 50th-percentile earnings.)”
Guardian.UK: Bison ruins woman’s selfie at Yellowstone in fifth run-in of the season.
You know, I keep seeing youngsters on Tumblr linking images of lions and tigers hugging humans. I fear they believe that is humanity’s natural relationship with predators.
WaPo: What happens when fat kids don’t know they’re fat anymore.
“Adolescents, for instance, are 29 percent less likely to correctly perceive themselves as being overweight than they were almost twenty years ago, according to the study’s findings. And the drop-off is the most pronounced among younger children — overweight 12-year-olds are almost 40 percent less likely to understand that they are overweight today.” Baby fat can be persistent. I’d be cautious about ages. I was a stocky youngster who leaned out like a stringbean in high school ... but ‘stocky’ today has no relation to the BMI of some kids I see waddling about. Fat in my childhood did not resemble today’s pint-sized Michelin Men. What we called ‘stocky’ in the day wouldn’t even register on the scale of today’s BMIs. After 16, if the first part of you that enters a door is your bellybutton and not your nose, there’s likely a problem. Keeping kids trapped in houses and schools, under surveillance, is the most direct cause I can think of.
The New York Review of Books: The Key to Rereading by Tim Parks.
“But when a key—for example, a new poem, or a new species of animal—is first met, there is no lock yet ready for such a key. Or to be precise, the key is not even a key since it does not open anything yet. It is a potential key. However, the encounter between the brain and this potential key triggers the making of a lock. The next time we meet or perceive the object/key it will open the lock prepared for it in the brain.” Oh, that’s a lovely way of thinking about it. Certain books meant nothing in high school - one had to have life experience before appreciation allowed the key-turn.
Public Books: Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking.
“Critical thinking, in either context — as a practical skill or as a rugged comportment toward the ineffable — would seem to function as a second-order fantasy, hovering above the very thing that we cannot come to terms with in a satisfying way: the role of liberal arts in higher education.” Add curiousity in the mix, and you’ve got a potent combination. IMHO.
Guardian.UK: Two coyote attacks on young children prompt California to warn residents.
“Maybe just a handful of coyotes are acting a little aggressive, but in general they do a huge amount of service for the ecosystem. They’re great at rodent control.” Yes indeed. But don’t leave small children unattended in coyote areas - they’re as easy to snatch as household pets. And I’ve repeatedly posted here about what happens when the local coyote pack starts frequenting the area. The “Missing Pet” signs blossom like forsythia in the springtime. The pack can bring down pit bulls and rotts with relative ease.
Guillows is still around! Get a model plane kit, and relive your youth.
This was buried in a comment, supplied by frequent commenter Emmett [THANKS] ... Guillows is still around, still making those great model airplane kits. Perfect summer occupation.
Takes me straight back to youth. I used to have a rudimentary two-buck rubber band model that would do two perfect loops and land at my feet. Best plane I ever had.
FireworksLand.com: What’s an M-80?
Bit of history. Cherry bombs used to be the delinquent weapon-of-choice for disrupting classes. Dropped in a toilet and flushed, it would blow up a toilet with fragrant results. Back then, an irate principal or disciplinarian would suspend the delinquent for a period of days or weeks. Today, you’d likely get bomb squads, antiterrorism troops ... the child frogmarched off to jail.
HackedEducation: Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?
“Computers and mainframes and networks are points of control. They are tools of surveillance. Databases and data are how we are disciplined and punished. Quite to the contrary of Seymour’s hopes that computers will liberate learners, this will be how we are monitored and managed. Teachers. Students. Principals. Citizens. All of us.” Interesting; a bit too panicked about surveillance perhaps. A computer’s never yet reached out and whacked my wrist with a ruler.
Atlantic: Don’t Call Kids ‘Smart’.
FiveThirtyEight: We Tried — And Failed — To Identify The Most Banned Book In America.
NPR: What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark’s Photo?
Just about what you’d expect. I suppose this is what bothers me about documentary photography; I’d want to help everyone.
NY Times: ISIS and the Lonely Young American.
Exactly what I’ve been concerned about. I suppose ‘pen pals’ no longer exist? The last thing I want to see is a young, lonely, hormonal teen be used by these folks. We need to give them alternatives. Now.
BBC: Freeze sperm at 18, bioethicist urges men.
“... the risks from fathering children later in life were ‘really quite small’.” Yet in America, you can’t donate to sperm banks over the age of 39. So who’s right?
Guernica: The Arts and Humanities Aren’t Worth a Dime.
“A liberal arts education teaches you how to think, not what to think; it produces informed, skeptical citizens capable of absorbing, weighing, and creating all sorts of knowledge. It may not teach you how to change your oil or program a website, but it prepares you to learn any skill, and most importantly, to question how any task is performed, challenge conventional wisdom, and introduce new processes.”
WaPo: Haunting chalkboard drawings, frozen in time for 100 years, discovered in Oklahoma school.
SciAm: Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms.
NY Times: Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers.
God help them if they get addicted to benzos ... probably all too easy, in a college environment.
PS Mag: No to Vaccination - A Cultural Explanation.
“Opposition to vaccination becomes, for many, intertwined with their perception of themselves as intelligently skeptical (a.k.a., superior) parents.” Los Alamos has this problem. Tons of PhD’s, tons of antivaxxers.
Farnam Street Blog: How to Read A Book
Would that school effectively taught switching between the levels. Most would just chuck a book at you.