Arts + Letters
October 17, 2018
Brave, Not Perfect: A Message to Girls Around the World
You ever notice how young and quickly the color pink becomes associated with femininity? I have. If we are to…
September 5, 2018
I Can’t Put Down this Book on Why We Should Sue Schools into Teaching Civics Education. Seriously.
If you’ve seen my States of Education map, you know the story: in the United States, education is mentioned nowhere…
July 31, 2018
Teaching is Trash. No, Really. It Is and That’s Wonderful. Watch this Guy!
Every teacher should start what they are doing right now and watch this Ted talk by Arvind Gupta. Gupta demonstrates how…
July 30, 2018
Read Factfulness and See How the World is Actually Getting Better and Better
I love Hans Rosling’s data-driven talks about how the world is getting healthier and wealthier, slowly and steadily. When the…
July 25, 2018
Ta-Nahisi Coates on How Schools Hold Children Back
In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers this poignant passage about his experience with school as a child. For…
July 16, 2018
What More Could Sally Ride’s School Have Done to Prepare Her to be an Astronaut?
Listen to this 1983 interview with astronaut Sally Ride by Gloria Steinem. What stands out to me most is both…
July 13, 2018
The Best Video About Data You’ll Likely See Today
The use of data in teaching and learning has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years. Driven in part by…
July 9, 2018
How Students in Flint, Michigan Do Prom
You have heard about Flint’s water crisis and perhaps their rising crime rate. But that’s not all Flint is, not…
July 6, 2018
Ever Wonder What Bias Looks Like in Machine Learning?
The term “machine learning” is becoming increasingly popular, but what is less often discussed is that machines don’t learn per…
June 27, 2018
See if Your School District or University Has Been Investigated for Civil Rights Violations
The United States Department of Education investigates claims of civil rights violations in K-12 and higher educational institutions. The data…
June 22, 2018
Is Captain America a Woman? No. This Data Viz of 34,000 Comic Book Characters Shows Us Why That’s a Problem
Graphic novels and comic books are becoming increasingly popular in schools. New York City public schools even officially recommended Black Panther for…
June 19, 2018
Why Do Boys in Rich Districts Do Better in Math Than Girls? Look at the Data.
A recent data analysis of 260 million standardized test scores by researchers at Stanford University suggests that both boys and girls…
June 18, 2018
You Can Geolocate Which Indigenous Peoples’ Land You Are Standing On Right Now.
One cannot change the past, but one can become more conscious of it. Eight years ago, I was invited to…
June 13, 2018
A Stunning Data Viz of Segregation in Chicago Public Schools
We often hear the word “achievement” used to describe the challenges in public education. That word tends to mask the…
June 7, 2018
Society and Schools Must Do More to Value the Intelligence of Everyday Workers
Education professor Mike Rose describes just how wonderfully intelligent and creative everyday people are in their everyday work. He challenges the idea that…
June 6, 2018
Forget What You Know About “Correct” English. It Never Really Existed. Here’s Why.
Imagine for a moment that what you think you know about things like grammar and correctness of language is actually…