Civility on the Web (or, If you talk, be polite)

The New York Times explores calls for a Code of Conduct (like this from Jimmy Wales, or this from Tim O’Riley) on the web, as well as the motivations and secret lives of the Trolls Among Us; and Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody, explains why A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy.

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Everything to Gain

What if you could right a wrong from your parents generation, and pass on a blessing to your children? What if you could build businesses in the community, cut crime, pollution, and disease, and make a profit doing it?

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We’re All Home Schoolers

Today’s homes are if anything even more important in the educational ecosystem of most Americans.

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The Learning Lifestyle and the Web of Ideas

Find the secret key to learning at Janice Campbell: The Overstuffed School Schedule vs. The Learning Lifestyle:

Over time, I learned that we could study any number of topics without weariness if we did two essential things…

While you’re there, take time to follow the link to The Core Curriculum Teaches Connections

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A Modest Proposal

It held the title of “most e-mailed story” at the New York Times for most of the day on Tuesday, but is that really how you would want to recommend these books to your spouse?

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Total Recall

Wired magazine has published a profile of Piotr Wozniak, developer of Super Memo, who has figured out how to remember everything you’ll ever learn. Ironically enough, the author refers to an article I remember reading when it came out in American Psychologist: “The Spacing Effect: A Case Study in the Failure to Apply the Results […]

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Books Are Not Widgets

Books are not widgets. Books are a part of our culture and should be treated as such. Making them into throw away goods is bound to lead to disaster. The best way to handle books is like how we should handle food: small scale and local. –Jenn, gleefully watching Borders go bust at A Bookseller’s […]

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Why True Stories Are Important – Elie Wiesel

Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.

Listen to the whole testimony: A God Who Remembers

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How to Use Your B.R.A.I.N.

“I was speaking with another expectant father this morning, and our conversation turned to decision-making during childbirth and the almost inevitable need to tell some health-care professional to stick it in their ear…”

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On Being Broken

I am a huge fan of the listener-essay series, This I Believe, on NPR. With the tagline, “a public dialogue about belief–one essay at a time,” this reincarnation of a 1950’s radio show is a deep trove of thoughtful and beautiful writing, as well as a great resource for teaching and learning to write. If […]

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