Alternative Influence – Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube

Alternative Influence - Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube (Data & Society)
"Alternative Influence" by Rebecca Lewis identifies an alternative media system on YouTube that adopts the techniques of brand influencers to build audiences and “sell” them political ideology.
Rebecca Lewis in Data & Society research report. Full report here. Lewis looks at 65 political influencers across 81 YouTube channels, and identified what she calls an Alternative Influence Network or AIN. The AIN uses the same techniques that brands and other social-media influencers use to build followers and garner traffic, but uses them as a way…

‘Post-Truth’ and the Decline of Swedish Education

‘Post-Truth’ and the Decline of Swedish Education
Swedish school system suffers from profound problems with teacher recruitment and retention, knowledge decline, & grade inflation. Problems may be result of school system’s unlikely combination of a postmodern view of truth and knowledge, the ensuing pedagogy of child-centered discovery, & market principles.
Magnus Henrekson and Johan Wennström with an overview of a recent study “‘Post-Truth’ Schooling and Marketized Education: Explaining the Decline in Sweden’s School Quality.” Full copy of study available here. Swedish school system suffers from profound problems with teacher recruitment and retention, knowledge decline, and grade inflation. Absenteeism is high, and psychiatric disorders have risen sharply among Swedish pupils…

On Death Threats and the Life I Lead…

On Death Threats and the Life I Lead… by Pernille Ripp (Pernille Ripp)
It seems to the price you pay to be public in a way, to being online. Nestled in between all of the learning, the connections, and the book recommendations is your daily slice of hatred.
Pernille Ripp on recent death threats she has received on her blog. Please note...as Ripp does in her post...that there is offensive language in the post. But, this is hateful, threatening discourse from a commenter on her site. Pernille asks questions about what her response or concern should be in the matter.  

Why aren’t kids being taught to read?

Why aren't kids being taught to read? (apmreports.org)
Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.
Emily Hanford investigative report for American Public Media. All annotations in context. The stakes were high. Research shows that children who don't learn to read by the end of third grade are likely to remain poor readers for the rest of their lives, and they're likely to fall behind in other academic areas, too.People who struggle…

CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards

CS Teachers (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards (Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA))
Computer science and the technologies it enables rest at the heart of our economy and the way we live our lives. To be well-educated citizens in a computing-intensive world and to be prepared for careers in the 21st century, our students must have a clear understanding of the principles and practices of computer science. The CSTA…

An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy

An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy (POLITICO Magazine)
For the longest time, we thought that as speech became more democratized, democracy itself would flourish. But in 2018, it is increasingly clear that more speech can in fact threaten democracy.
Zeynep Tufecki in Politico Magazine. All annotations in context. But in the digital age, when speech can exist mostly unfettered, the big threat to truth looks very different. It’s not just censorship, but an avalanche of undistinguished speech—some true, some false, some fake, some important, some trivial, much of it out-of-context, all burying us. Perhaps…