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Thursday, April 22, 2021

How do you Know? Our Epistemic Crisis

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Any breach of the great wall of misinformation will require a painfully slow process of attrition. In this effort the mainstream media will play a key role. Also vital will be the role of academics, with their standards of research methodology, of rigor in argumentation, and of careful peer review.

Cue the Bulldozers: View from a Hearing on an Expanded Northgate School

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The meeting went on until 5:30 pm. To me it was sad and disturbing. Arborists had been called in earlier to determine if trees were healthy or worth saving, and I felt that trees elicited higher regard than neighborhood residents.

Washington Has Spent Billions Fixing Schools. Here’s How the Money’s being Spent

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These changes to school funding led to substantially increased revenues for school districts, even with the new limits to school district levy authority. Total per-pupil revenues to districts increased by 49.7% from SY 2010–11 to SY 2018–19.

Dept. of Unintended Consequences: McCleary Funding Reforms force Big San Juan School District Budget...

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The pandemic has reduced student enrollment for districts like San Juan Island, and reduced funding as more students are homeschooled. The inability to collect the full amount of the district’s last enrichment levy adds to the shortfall.

History Ph.D: When to Call Myself Doctor?

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In Vietnam, doctorates declare their honorific to fulfill a social expectation. In more collectivist cultures, a person’s education is the result of a community’s shared contributions and, in turn, that degree honors the whole community. In America, my choice changes depending on the context.

The Audacity of Hope… in a Thousand College Admission Essays

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A student’s first instinct seems always to be to philosophize in a boring, pedantic way about how he or she would make a Real Difference in the World; my job was beat that out of them. I’d give my standard advice: please don’t pontificate or philosophize—it puts your tired, put-upon readers right to sleep.

Senior Scholar Show-Off: The UW at $25-a-Class

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The legislature in 1975 authorized state colleges and universities to waive tuition and other fees for would-be scholars aged 60 and up. Today, the UW’s ACCESS Program opens a wide range of classes to olds like me for the absurdly low price of $25 per five-credit course, up to two courses per quarter.

Dynamo Tries to Shake Up the Seattle School Board

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Hampson expresses a "high" degree of frustration with the District, and has drawn board president Zachary DeWolf and fellow member Brandon Hersey into her impatient camp.

Coming: Changes in the ways Universities Choose Students

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An overdue change could be the decline in standardized testing. The UW has already dropped SAT requirements, and other institutions are moving in this direction.

Tutor Corps: Can We Make Distance Learning More Equitable?

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Volunteers helping out in schools is nothing new. Most districts like Seattle Public Schools have well established programs. But the SPS page says it is not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

Respect? Ethics? Shame? A Philosopher Writes About the Motivations Of Wearing A Mask

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People in certain communities are subject to anti-mask standards, even as their larger society’s standards require masks. Their dignity is therefore in a precarious and conflicted position. Ethically speaking, then, any respectful engagement with them calls for a recognition of that fact, not a blunt attempt at persuasion.

Distance Learning Will Increase Inequity in Schools. Here’s How to Fix It

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The potential for inequity, for continuing the systemic racism already – and for decades – built into public schools (all schooling, really), is staggering.

Opportunity: New Options to Improve Seattle Schools?

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These obstacles to reform point to a key political problem -- the lack of leverage to force reform in big-city districts.

One Teacher’s Guide To Teaching: Get Out In The World

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Education Reform? Teach what you know and how you know it. Get their attention; challenge minds; open hearts. Trust me, they are eager, and it can be done.

When The UW Returns: Best To Bet Online

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The science of learning, and how it can be applied in a digital-intensive environment, should become the central focus of the academic enterprise. But few institutions have given these efforts the resources and sustained emphasis that they will need moving forward.

Conventional Wisdom Says College Promotes Diversity of Thinking. New Studies Suggest It Doesn’t

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A study published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education investigated how recent graduates’ experiences in what the authors called “ideological bubbles” consisted of few meaningful, effective efforts that prepared them for the ideological divides they faced after graduation.

The Glaring Gap In Reading Skills In Seattle Schools: Systemic Racism Writ Large

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Basically, in 50 years, we’ve gotten nowhere. Here’s the 2017-18 data for Seattle: students proficient in reading at grade level, 3rd grade, whites 80 percent; blacks 35.5 percent. That’s what systemic racism looks like.