History + Politics

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…

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…

Data Science Confirms that We Are All Watching VERY Different News Channels

It’s one thing to know that you tend toward one news outlet or another. It’s another thing to see the…

To Think Differently, Try Speaking Differently

Pictures might be worth a thousand words, but words are worth a hundred billion neurons. In this excellent talk, cognitive…

What’s Your Capacity for Language? See What Chomsky Thinks.

I have re-watched this several times, always intrigued by Chomsky’s notion that what happens internally (within the mind) when one…

What If the Crisis in Public Education Is Not What You Think?

Over the past month, teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina led mass protests, accusing state…

The Strange Tale of Merriam-Webster’s Ghost Word

Merriam-Webster is redefining the role of the dictionary in the 21st century. If you don’t follow them on Twitter, I…

Coates: Some Words Don’t Belong to Everyone

Asked at a book talk by a white college student if she and her friends have the right to use…

Stop Teaching Computer Science. Start “Embedding” It.

I’ve said it before: if we are serious about teaching computer science in K-12 schools, we have to reimagine how…

Watch How President Reagan Introduced A Nation at Risk

You have probably heard of A Nation at Risk–the Reagan-era report from which today’s education reforms come–but have you ever…

How Women Took Over Education Administration

All I’m going to say is the Nation at Risk report was published in 1983, triggering decades of aggressive reforms…

What School Integration Felt Like for a 14-Year-Old in 1964

Watch this brief yet powerful story by William Weaver as he recounts what desegregating schools felt like as a teenager…

Love These Beautiful Retro Maps of Recent Education Data

Hats off to Nathan Yau at Flowing Data for this gorgeous collection of maps visualizing American educational statistics. Need to…

Why Tolkien Had a “Heartfelt Loathing” for All Things Disney

A fascinating read about what happened when Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis went to see Disney’s Snow White and…

NYC Mayor’s Remark Reveals How School Segregation Works Today

When the mayor recently said that school segregation was directly linked to housing segregation, commentators pointed to the city’s own…

So, THAT is Where Letters Come From!

Etymology is one thing, but to look at the historical roots of letters themselves is just pure alphabetic joy.
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