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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Coming: Changes in the ways Universities Choose Students

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.