Clippings for my own little world.
August 17, 2014
July 29, 2014
Facebook destroys the present moment, leaving us only with the metadata of experience; ultimately meaningless traces of what we now think looks like real experience. It does this by locking us in a room with ourselves, our self-consciousness, and throwing away the key.
July 23, 2014
We tend to look for the silver bullet—whether it’s the glories of the market or the techno-utopian aspirations of education technology—when in fact improving educational outcomes is a hard, messy, complicated process.
July 18, 2014
new, professionally developed standards deserve a chance to prove their worth, not be sacrificed in yet another campaign of political demonization
May 2, 2014
In the modern world, the state is a kind of souped up business. That’s why we’re all “taxpayers” instead of “citizens.” “Taxpayer” reframes policy outcomes as a kind of customer-loyalty perk.
April 30, 2014
…writing cannot be judged like the answer to a math problem or GPS directions. The essence of writing, like all human communication, is not that it is true or false, correct or incorrect, but that it is an action, that it does something in the world.
February 15, 2014
February 11, 2014
The system must not allow students to mask their level of understanding with their attendance, their level of effort, or other peripheral issues.
January 28, 2014
As soon as managers pick a numerical metric as a way to measure whether they’re achieving their desired outcome, everybody starts maximizing that metric rather than doing the rest of their job
December 4, 2013