Audrey Beardsley: The Silencing of the Educators, A Dangerous Trend

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VanessaVaile:

NM gag orders silencing educators. That means they can’t talk about for fear of state retaliation and losing their jobs. Being over-the-hill and out of the game has its benefits ~ and carries with it the obligation to speak up for and about the silenced

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Audrey Beardsley, a professor at Arizona State University, recently visited parents, educators, students, and state leaders in New Mexico. There she learned that the state had adopted gag orders for teachers, forbidding them from discussing or expressing an opinion about the state tests (PARCC).

She writes:

Under the “leadership” of Hanna Skandera — former Florida Deputy Commissioner of Education under former Governor Jeb Bush and head of the New Mexico Public Education Department — teachers throughout the state are being silenced.

New Mexico now requires teachers to sign a contractual document that they are not to “diminish the significance or importance of the tests” (see, for example, slide 7 here) or they could lose their jobs. Teachers are not to speak negatively about the tests or say anything negatively about these tests in their classrooms or in public; if they do they could be found in violation of their contracts…

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5 Million Public Domain Ebooks in HathiTrust: What Does This Mean?

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Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:

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A week or so ago, a monumental thing happened: the number of public-domain books in the HathiTrust digital repository topped 5 million. And since no one (including HathiTrust, so far) seems to be making a very big deal about this, it seems like a good moment both to recap the achievements of HathiTrust and to consider a few of its implications for the future of reading and scholarship.

For those unfamiliar with the outlines of its history, HathiTrust emerged in the wake of the Google Books Library Project, a massive and still ongoing program of book digitization that Google undertook in 2004 in cooperation with some of the most comprehensive research libraries in North America and the UK. The basic outlines of the agreement between Google and each library were simple: in return for allowing Google’s employees to come in and (non-destructively) scan most or…

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The poverty of the institutional imagination: The case of Beijing’s moats and canals

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Originally posted on Isham Cook:

Tucheng Channel (土城沟)

Beijing’s lost water transportation system

The major river in the Beijing area, the Yongding River (1 off map), was originally too fast and prone to flooding to afford urban habitation, so the city was built some ten kilometers northeast of the river when founded in the late Liao/Jin Dynasty (mid-12th c.), and thereafter shifted further northeast in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The first moat formed a square around the city’s walls. Today, the northern section of the moat has been restored and beautified and renamed the Xiaoyue Moat (2). Its former name, Beitucheng (north wall), is now given to a stop on subway Line 10 running alongside the moat.

水系-01 (3) Beijing’s canal system within the 5th Ring Road (map by Isham Cook)

_____  existing canals and moats
………  former canals and moats
_ _ _ _  former Inner City and Imperial City walls

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Tomorrow the Grand Adventure Begins Anew

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VanessaVaile:

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2015

Originally posted on April Is National Poetry Month!:

Greetings, Poetry Lovers!

We stand upon the cusp of April once again, ready to dive head- or feet- or backside-first into the refreshing pool of National Poetry Month!

Yawp! Hike up your haiku and unpack your iambs, it will be a terrific ride the next 30 poetry-fueled days!

Be well, be happy, be poetic.

— Team April

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walking alone – solsc#24

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VanessaVaile:

I’ve been doing the Two Writing Teachers’ Slice of Life blog challenge. Reading and commenting on posts is as important as writing your own. But I hadn’t thought to share a post before this. I don’t walk out much but need to now that the weather is nicer and the air not too cold for breathing ease. When I do, it is alone. So is house time.

Originally posted on fireflytrails:

Today I was scheduled to walk with a friend. We had developed this Tuesday routine back in the fall when I was newly retired and she was between jobs. Since then, her new employment and the cold weather brought an interruption to our weekly visits, but we were both able to walk today.

When I stopped my car in the park, I found her text message saying she wouldn’t be able to make it after all. I started to go on home and “get some things done” and then I stopped…

There were several walkers already on the trail.

Each was walking alone.

I could walk by myself.

And so I did. As I started the trek I wished I had brought along my camera. There were so many things to see. And so much to think about along the way.

The bright sun low in the sky, shining like…

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Getting better news: my daily routine

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VanessaVaile:

Fed up with deeply flawed mainstream media news? Here’s a good recipe for developing your own personal newstream.

Originally posted on Bryan Alexander:

Some of you know I make a habit of criticizing American tv news, because it’s generally awful.  After one such mocking a Twitter friend asked, “what do you favor for news?”  I decided to answer, because ultimately it’s a good thing for a critic of something to pose better alternatives.

Nearly all of my news consumption is Web-based.

I begin each morning with a run through a customized Google News page, on my laptop (if I’m at home or an office space) or phone (if on the run).  If you haven’t used this, and a shockingly high number of people tell me they haven’t, know that Google News is a meta-news source.  It trawls some outrageous number of news sites (newspaper, tv, radio, Web) to build immediate models of topics news people are focusing on.  So in second Google News gives me the closest thing we have to…

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The Ultimate Social Media Diagram?

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VanessaVaile:

a lot why my day usually looks like…especially all of February this year going forward through now…ready for the trolls and bots to go back under their bridges and the pace to let up

Originally posted on i C P G:

UPDATE 8/16/2008: Some people have been asking for a bigger version of this illustration. I don’t have it in a vector format because I hacked it together out of JPEGs in Photoshop. But here’s the biggest, cleanest version I have. Feel free to use and share however you’d like, but please link people back here. Thanks!

Download BIG version of “social media mess”

Hmm. Could the chart below be the most insightful social media diagram ever?

Maybe.

Not just because, like all good illustrations, it steals liberally from the best thinking in the business.

Or because it has more circles and charts and connections than any I’ve ever seen.

Or even because it contains popular words, concepts and logos.

I like it is because I think it’s pretty accurate.

  • It’s an unholy, incomprehensible mess.
  • It’s anxiety-provoking
  • The more earnest you are about trying to understand it, the more your…

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Generation Watching

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VanessaVaile:

here’s an insightful gem from the #SOL15 (Slice of Life) blogging challenge

Originally posted on Learning Through Living:

Occasionally, after a nice dinner on a Friday or Saturday night, Eric and I like to hit up a nearby bar and just people watch.

We watch a group of young twenty somethings in the corner taking shots, laughing loudly, and making their presence well known to the rest of the bar.

Outside we are saying:

Look at those kids.  We were never like that!

Inside we are saying:

Look at those kids.  Wish we could hang like that again.

We watch a group of thirty something guys in hockey jerseys drinking beers, yelling at the TV, and groaning loudly when the opposing team scores.

Outside they are saying:

C’mon boys!  Make that shot!  Block that puck!

Inside they are saying:

C’mon boys!  Make that shot!  Block that puck!

We watch a table of forty something moms in their favorite pair of jeans, drinking wine, talking about their kids, and…

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