Teaching in the Age of School Shootings

Teaching in the Age of School Shootings by Jeneen Interlandi (nytimes.com)
What happens to teachers who are forced to act as first responders?
Jeneen Interlandi in The New York Times. All annotations in context. Teachers were the first responders. Before police officers and medics arrived, they gathered sobbing, vomiting, bleeding kids into the safest rooms they could find, then locked the doors and kept vigil with them through the stunned and terrified wait. They shepherded the injured to…

Social Media Is a Weapon of War

Social Media Is a Weapon of War. How We Use It Is Up to Us by David Axe (Motherboard)
"'Win' the internet, [and] you can win silly feuds, elections, and deadly serious battles."
David Axe in Motherboard. All annotations in context. Trump's unlikely rise to the White House was symptomatic of social, political, and technological trends decades in the making—trends that gave rise to the internet and social media and which, in turn, transformed the way we control, spy on, and kill each other. It is interesting to…

White Fragility in Teaching and Education

White Fragility in Teaching and Education: An Interview With Dr. Robin DiAngelo - EdSurge News by https://www.edsurge.com/mary-jo-madda (EdSurge)
Why do white men clam up when conversations steer toward race? Why are white women prone to crying when discussing this topic (and how can those tears ...
An interview with Robin DiAngelo in EdSurge. Why do white men clam up when conversations steer toward race? Why are white women prone to crying when discussing this topic (and how can those tears silence women of color)? Why do some leaders feel uncomfortable and reluctant to get feedback on how their actions and behaviors are perceived?…

Is Philly Twitter moving to Mastodon?

Is Philly Twitter moving to Mastodon? (Technical.ly Philly)
Mastodon is a distributed social network, reminiscent of Twitter, but without ads or Nazis. Here's why 100 Philly tweeters set up shop in a local “instance” called Jawns.club.
Mastodon is a distributed social network created in October 2016 that was built on the premise of creating independently run small communities that can talk to each other, rather than a single, endless stream of triggering horrors. It’s a microblogging platform that you can think of as Twitter without the ads. Tweets here are “toots,” in keeping with the Mastodon…

Predicting Active Shooter Events: Are Regional Homogeneity, Intolerance, Dull Lives, and More Guns Enough Deterrence?

Predicting Active Shooter Events: Are Regional Homogeneity, Intolerance, Dull Lives, and More Guns Enough Deterrence? (ResearchGate)
Research in Crime and Delinquency from Richard B. Duque, E.J. LeBlanc, & Robert Rivera. Abstract: Based upon a secondary analysis of 2016 General Social Survey (GSS) data, this study identifies regional “Heterogeneity”, “Tolerance”, “Life is Exciting”, “Lack of Confidence in Institutions” and “Gun Ownership” effects related to the frequency of Active Shooter events, which occurred…