Reading

Teaching humans who cheat on rationality

In the past year, for diversion I’ve read some books intended for a general audience written by psychologists–several of my department colleagues would find these watered down from research journals, but I can justify the brain candy: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow Antonio Demasi, Self Comes to MindĀ  Claude Steele, Whistling VivaldiĀ  Roy Baumeister and John Tierney, […]

Buy these books on dropping out and graduation

Two new books I saw at the History of Education Society meeting in Chicago and strongly recommend on a topic I began my career with: Russell Rumberger, Dropping Out (Harvard University Press, 2011). This is the definitive summary of research on the subject. It is depressing at times, but if you care about the subject, […]

Unsettled schools, two centuries ago and now

I could get used to days like this again, where I spend most of the day doing nothing but reading what I choose, in this case two books. My undergraduate papers are due next week, and so next weekend I will be swamped with other stuff, but I had the chance to finish two books […]

New York Times describes the fall of the blog

The death of the blog was announced today by the paper of record: Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter. I’d say more, but I’m approaching my character lim

New York Times indulges in iconographics – ugh!

Today’s America by the Numbers is a set of gratuitous icons next to decontextualized numbers. Cases in point: civil marriages and divorces. The numbers in the Times icon display are crude rates, against the entire population. Of course one would expect a lower marriage rate as a population ages, because young adults are more likely […]