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Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media | Notes

November 25, 2013


Carrie James with Katie Davis, Andrea Flores, John M. Francis, Lindsay Pettingill, Margaret Rundle, and Howard Gardner. Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis from the GoodPlay Project. MIT Press, 2009. (127 pages, free in .pdf) (Locations, free on Kindle) See also MIT’s webpage. Overview Social networking, blogging, vlogging, gaming, instant messaging, […]

How Children Succeed | Notes & Review

November 24, 2013


Paul Tough. How Children Succeed; Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Mariner Books, 2013. (231 pages), article. Introduction …the cognitive hypothesis: the belief, rarely expressed aloud but commonly held nonetheless, that success today depends primarily on cognitive skills — the kind of intelligence that gets measured on IQ tests, including the […]

Leaders | Notes

November 22, 2013


Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus. Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. HarperCollins, 2007. (235) AUTHORS’ NOTE Distinguishing leadership from management Empowerment Vision Trust Management of meaning Forward to the Second Edition …upon rereading the first edition, we found a number of things we feel we should have emphasized more strongly. The French have a phrase for […]

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

November 22, 2013


Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the Metaphor …economics is less a science than a performing art. (5) In America, the least […]

The App Generation | Notes & Review

November 17, 2013


Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World. Yale University Press, 2013. (244 pages) ONE Introduction …three topics emerged as dominant and also permeate this book: our sense of personal identity, our intimate relationships to other persons, and how we exercise our creative […]

The Big Disconnect | Notes & Review

November 14, 2013


Catherine Steiner-Adair. The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Harper, 2013. (374 pages) Introduction: The Revolution in the Living Room All the wisdom in the world about child-rearing cannot, by itself, replace intimate human ties, family ties, as the center of human development … the point of departure for all […]

TED | Arthur Benjamin: The magic of Fibonacci numbers

November 11, 2013


So why do we learn mathematics? Essentially, for three reasons: calculation, application, and last, and unfortunately least in terms of the time we give it, inspiration. Mathematics is the science of patterns, and we study it to learn how to think logically, critically and creatively, but too much of the mathematics that we learn in […]