The Dreamer: Tyler Andrews | Runner's World
Key Workout:
His favorite is 6 x 5K at marathon pace with 1K of recovery at a moderate pace. He runs each 5K between 5:05 and 5:10 per mile pace and each recovery 1K at 5:40 to 5:55 pace.
january 2018
In Praise of Adequacy - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"As academics, we need to convey the benefits of adequacy to our students, too. In particular, those of us who teach liberal-arts subjects need to be able to explain more convincingly the benefits of doing something adequately. Because day in and day out in the college classroom, we are asking our students to do things at which they may never excel."
january 2018
Facing My Own Extinction - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I feel about literature the way that Alan Bennett did in his 2004 play, The History Boys: "The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours."
academia  literature 
december 2017
How To Change The Story In Your Head That’s Stopping You From Succeeding
We must resist the desire to pretend that everything unfolded exactly as we’d planned. There was no grand narrative. You should remember — you were there when it happened.

As Paul Graham — writing not far from where Bill Walsh practiced the 49ers — we need to “keep our identities small.” Make it about the work and the principles behind it — not about a glorious vision.

To do otherwise is ego and folly. Napoleon had the words “To Destiny!” engraved on the wedding ring he gave his wife. Destiny was what he’d always believed in, it was how he justified his boldest, most ambitious ideas.

It was also why he overreached time and time again, until his real destiny was divorce, exile, defeat, and infamy. A great destiny, Seneca reminds us, is great slavery.
life  work 
november 2017
How to Write a Nazi | New Republic
The “hang themselves” form of profile-writing requires that the reader and the writer have a one-to-one agreement on what is and is not damning. The technique is only effective when the content of the subject’s words are very clearly ludicrous for the intended audience, as in the bond between the liberal Guardian readership and the disdainful Aitkenhead. Without that connection, the un-analyzed quotation will not ring out correctly, but instead clang with the confusing implication of endorsement.
november 2017
NYTimes: How to Get Your Mind to Read
Current education practices show that reading comprehension is misunderstood. It’s treated like a general skill that can be applied with equal success to all texts. Rather, comprehension is intimately intertwined with knowledge. That suggests three significant changes in schooling.

First, it points to decreasing the time spent on literacy instruction in early grades. Third-graders spend 56 percent of their time on literacy activities but 6 percent each on science and social studies. This disproportionate emphasis on literacy backfires in later grades, when children’s lack of subject matter knowledge impedes comprehension. Another positive step would be to use high-information texts in early elementary grades. Historically, they have been light in content.
education  literacy 
november 2017
The Professional Friends of YouTube | Kaila Philo
In his new book Kids These Days, Malcolm Harris argues that YouTube-star phenomenon is just the result of teens adapting to late capitalism. The millennial ambition to evade the nine-to-five model is driven by very real anxieties relating to student debt and ever-worsening job prospects. A bachelor’s degree costs more now than ever while no longer serving as a professional safety net. “It’s harder to compete for a good job,” Harris writes, “the bad jobs you can hope to fall back on are worse than they used to be, and both good and bad jobs are less secure.” Platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Vine have offered convenient escape routes from the typical work-life balance.
politics  youtube 
november 2017
Why philosophy is so important in science education | Aeon Ideas
Our scientist colleagues should continue to teach the fundamentals of science, but they can help by making clear to their students that science brims with important conceptual, interpretative, methodological and ethical issues that philosophers are uniquely situated to address, and that far from being irrelevant to science, philosophical matters lie at its heart.
science  academia 
november 2017
The myth of the male bumbler
There's a reason for this plague of know-nothings: The bumbler's perpetual amazement exonerates him. Incompetence is less damaging than malice. And men — particularly powerful men — use that loophole like corporations use off-shore accounts. The bumbler takes one of our culture's most muscular myths — that men are clueless — and weaponizes it into an alibi.
culture  politics 
november 2017
The Lost Boys - The Atlantic
At this still-early stage, it is guesswork to say. Some, certainly, will continue to gravitate toward the nastiest corners of the movement—those who were motivated by racism, cruelty, a desire to punish the weak. Others may find new leaders to follow, new movements to join. Many of the young men who first came to the politics of antifeminism in their teens or early 20s are now in their late 20s or early 30s, and may have aged out of some of their more rebellious impulses to shock and offend. The popularity of the Canadian academic Jordan B. Peterson, a contrarian who has decried political correctness but claims to be as suspicious of the radical right as he is of the radical left, suggests one alternative path. Peterson’s videos, viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, encourage young men to take personal responsibility for their future and to resist blaming women for their failures.
november 2017
Self Authoring - Plan a Better Life
People who spend time writing carefully about themselves become happier, less anxious and depressed and physically healthier. They become more productive, persistent and engaged in life. This is because thinking about where you came from, who you are and where you are going helps you chart a simpler and more rewarding path through life.
life  Writing 
november 2017
Education Week - The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning
On a deeper level, Kohn and some other progressive educators believe that real learning happens when students are driven by their intrinsic curiosity to pursue answers to their own questions about the world. By contrast, Kohn said, much of what's marketed as "personalized learning" amounts to little more than breaking knowledge and ideas down into "itty-bitty parts," then using extrinsic rewards to "march kids through a series of decontextualized skills they had no meaningful role in choosing."
november 2017
Why the Best Thing You Can Do For Your Project Is Create Another One | Observer
Let me paint a picture. An author kills himself to write a book, throws everything he has into marketing it, and then, in a conversation with another, much more successful author, asks: “What else should I do? How can I make sure my book keeps selling?” It is at this juncture—reached by many an author over the years—that this well-meaning creator is given one of the most frustrating pieces of advice ever designed: The best marketing you can do for your book is to start writing the next one. 

It is frustrating because it is depressingly, frustratingly true. I know this because I got this advice right as I finished the launch of my first book, right when I thought it was time to enjoy myself and watch the sales come in which I rested. But the author who told me that was right: More great work is the best way to market yourself.
work  writing 
november 2017
Liberal Arts | Burning Glass Technologies
Burning Glass identified eight technical skill sets:

Social Media
Graphic Design
Data Analysis
Computer Programming
IT Networking

All of which can be acquired with through coursework, such as a minor or internships. According to a recent report from Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce, liberal arts graduates have an average unemployment rate (9.7%) that is 2.7% higher than the average rate for all graduates (7%).
advising  education 
november 2017
Six Myths About Choosing a College Major -
One tip: Complementary majors with overlapping requirements are easier to juggle, but two unrelated majors probably yield bigger gains in the job market, said Richard N. Pitt, an associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University who has studied the rise of the double major. “It increases your breadth of knowledge,” he said.

The long-held belief by parents and students that liberal arts graduates are unemployable ignores the reality of the modern economy, where jobs require a mix of skills not easily packaged in a college major, said George Anders, author of “You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education.” In his book, Mr. Anders profiles graduates with degrees in philosophy, sociology and linguistics in jobs as diverse as sales, finance and market research.
education  advising 
november 2017
Why Twitter Is the Best Social Media Platform for Disinformation - Motherboard
There are strong privacy arguments in favor of giving users full control of their data, even after publication. From the beginning, Twitter has reflected those values and held on to them against pressure from undemocratic governments. But its openness, particularly the openness for deletion, anonymity, and automation, has made the platform easy to exploit.
technology  social 
november 2017
“You F*** Up Sometimes” – Cleaning the Glass
“The issue with Anthony was, and we had no way of knowing it at the time, the kid had no desire to overcome adversity whatsoever. As soon as it was hard, he was out,” (David) Griffin said. “His whole life, he rolled out of bed bigger, better, and more talented than everybody else. As soon as it was hard, it was over. And I was the one on campus at UNLV. I’m the one who got sold the bill of goods and I bought it hook, line, and sinker. You f*** up sometimes." - David Griffin
basketball  life 
november 2017
What Ivanka Trump Knows about Ed-Tech
“Learning” is only mentioned once. Lots of other words that might be used to describe the purpose of school – higher education or otherwise – are also missing from Trump’s essay. Curiosity. Civics. Citizenship. Scholarship. Research. The liberal arts. We can probably tell a lot already about her reading list by their absence, because again, this reflects the monomaniacal focus on framing education as about “skills” and jobs – a focus shared by the Trump administration and by the educational marketing and storytelling emanating from the tech industry.
education  technology  politics 
november 2017
On What Goes Unsaid
Many websites are functioning largely as trade magazines that occasionally commit acts of journalism. TechCrunch, and Mashable to an even greater extent, are more like the new American Thresherman and Farm Power or Stone World or Successful Farming than they are the new New York Times. But it’s hard to know when they’re acting like the Times and when they are acting like Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine.

Even the news that they break would generally come out via a press release in due time. People care about what they write, and they beat other people to the information, but the scoops are fundamentally benign. (This company got some money, that company has a new app, another may do something that alters the competitive landscape.) Trade magazines have been doing this kind of thing for as long as there have been trade and magazines.
education  technology 
november 2017
Talking to a Philosopher About ‘The Good Place’ - The Ringer
One premise of the show, and this is something that was just discussed on an NPR blog by a psychologist who’s quite interested in philosophy named Tania Lombrozo, is that you can become a better person by reading philosophy. And philosophers have traditionally thought something like that; that was part of the justification for the subject. But there’s a lot of evidence that it’s not true—that people who study philosophy don’t get better. So if the show suggests otherwise, the show is being overly optimistic about the value of reading about philosophy and talking about philosophy for moral education. So who knows whether it’ll make a dent on Michael, but it is a great philosophical question: whether you can convey an interest in moral philosophy to someone who is immortal, invulnerable, and didn’t have normal human emotions and instincts. How much of moral philosophy depends on human nature, and how much of it should be addressable to any rational creature at all, no matter what his nature is? That’s an ancient philosophical question, and in a way, the show is putting it in front of us, though not explicitly raising it.
philosophy  television 
november 2017
The Real Reason We Need To Stop Trying To Protect Everyone’s Feelings | Observer
In the 50th anniversary edition, Bradbury includes a short afterword where he gives his thoughts on current culture. Almost as if he is speaking directly about the events above, he wrote: “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.”

There’s that saying: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. When it comes to censorship, one might say that the road to thought and speech control is paved by people trying to protect other people’s feelings.
censorship  reading 
november 2017
KPU unveils sweet suite of courses with no-cost textbooks | - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
“Even a single textbook can cost well over $100, which means a student can spend thousands of dollars on textbooks on top of the cost of tuition during their post-secondary career,” said Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, a university teaching fellow in open studies and psychology instructor.

KPU has launched close to 50 courses in the Faculty of Arts that use either free open textbooks or free library materials that are available online.
november 2017
André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
The common pattern among these three internet giants is to grow beyond browsers, creating new virtual contexts where data is created and shared. The Web may die like most other technologies do: simply by becoming less attractive than newer technologies. And like most obsolete technologies, they don’t suddenly disappear, neither do they disappear completely. You can still buy a Walkman and listen to a tape with it, but the technology has nevertheless lost its collective relevance. The Web’s death will come as a gradual decay of its necessity, not as a dramatic loss.
november 2017
The best Pinboard app for iOS – The Sweet Setup
As I’ve probably made clear by now, one of the most important features of Pinboard for me is the bookmark description field. Whenever I save something to Pinboard, I typically paste in a passage that I feel best sums up the article, or I’ll specify one or more timestamps for a video (sort of like makeshift chapter markers), or I’ll make a note of my own. Whatever the case, the result is that I can scroll through my bookmarks and quickly read all the most important stuff without ever having to open another webpage.
november 2017
Why I Don't Grade | Jesse Stommel
Grading is a massive co-ordinated effort to take humans out of the educational process.
october 2017
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