Favorite Blog Posts of the Last Five Weeks

Many of which are from June …

Culture and Letters

Torching the Modern Day Library of Alexandria — from the Atlantic — in which it is explained that the Google Books Project,  which I might term “One World Library,” (not to be confused with Bernie Sander’s One World Netflix Password) failed due to … concerns with monopoly on the sale of out-of-print books.  Via  @philosophybites.

An article in Salon  asks “Is the Atlantic Making us Stupid?”  In case that title is too vague for you (clickbait?) the article accuses the Atlantic Monthly for publishing revisionist feminist dogma, and using women writers to do it.


I’ve been wondering what’s the deal with being a “google certified educator.”  But I never thought the googlian goal with this educator certification might be that which is suggested by the @nytimes … which is to get their products into the classroom by any means necessary and control the philosophy of education to a degree that reminds one of John Dewey …How Google took over the classroom.  Guess I was naive.

Accountability testing for charter schools may be taking the focus off of parent participation and educational innovation.  Via @matt_barnum.  Has the charter school movement gone awry?

Students’ test scores tell us more about the community they live in than what they know — from WTOP — this has been known to the teaching profession and university schools of education for some time (at least 50 years)  but apparently it’s now seeping into the news.  On the fringes like WTOP.  Via @thegrade.


From @RewardingEdu … A how-to article on how to participate in twitter education chats, grow your #pln, and meet interesting people.  Via @Edutopia.  Fear no more:  you don’t have to answer every question.

A plan for creating an editable schoolroom timeline … with notes on setup and downloadable forms … linked by @DoodleMom

When you don’t want to get the box of unifix cubes out, or, more likely, you don’t have the right type of counters — The power of digital manipulatives — this from .  And he has the link to the product, from mathlearningcenter.org

More on the positive effects of music study: How music in school and at home can help kids who struggle in language development — from @GCTutorials.     

Classical Education

A reflection on the true, the good, and the beautiful, asking classical educators: is success in imparting the true and the good really enough?  Isn’t the beautiful required too? Via @dimitrios111               from  @circeins (Circe Institute).

An interview with David Hicks, author of Norms and Nobility (1981) on the direction classical education should go.  This takes us back to the individual student’s needs and development vs. the desire of the World to create “systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.  (T.S. Eliot)” Via  @GCTutorials  and also from @circeins

St Benedict Catholic School in Natick MA is thriving, and things are going well for classical schools in the nation today .. . Catholic Classical Education on the Rise.  From @firstthingsmag.

Almost but not quite off topic … Hobby Lobby has been fined for being in possession of stolen antiquities, which they were, apparently, planning to sell in that front part of the store where the décor items are offered.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading!


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