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“You couldn’t make this up: Cameras are being turned on the people paid to watch CCTV streams, to note which bits of surveillance footage they didn’t see.” via BoingBoing The beauty of sand, close up — a photo gallery at Discover. Robots as recruitment to science. “If you stick a robot–I don’t care if you’re…

TAPPED notes that the Times is getting aboard the education reform bus: THE TIMES ON EDUCATION REFORM. More evidence that the establishment is getting behind major reforms in how teachers are evaluated and paid: The New York Times editorial board today calls on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration to hold states…

A few days ago I had a brief post on a team of Spanish kids who used a latex balloon and a $60 camera to take photographs of the earth from near the edge of space. My info was sketchy at the time, but an alert reader found and sent me a link to the…

Obama gave a major education speech at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce yesterday. The money quote: For decades, Washington has been trapped in the same stale debates that have paralyzed progress and perpetuated our educational decline. … It’s more money versus more reform, vouchers versus the status quo. There has been partisanship and petty…

“Primates on Facebook” — “Even online, the neocortex is the limit” to how many people we can really have as friends. People who use more textual shortcuts (lk whn they txt in skl) when texting have higher reading skills. The coverage seems to assume this is causal, but it’s almost surely just an association —…

Is this working? Jefrey Mervis brings the word from Science ($): U.S. students using educational software do no better learning primary school math and first-year algebra than their counterparts who follow a traditional curriculum. That’s the conclusion of a new federally funded study that is loaded with caveats about what it means for students, educators,…

Attended my local school board meeting tonight, a friendly, almost cozy affair in the elementary school lunchroom. People we see around this small town daily; a principal I’ve watched Red Sox games with. The proximate issues: a continually rising budget despite falling enrollment, and — related — whether or not to ditch our aging middle…

My Darwin talk at Dartmouth on Thursday went well, and while there I had the privilege of meeting with editors of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, or DUJS — which is, at 11 years, the oldest extant undergrad journal in the U.S., as far as its editors can tell. I knew from writing about…

E.J. Dionne on the Arne Duncan choice

E.J. Dionne makes an interesting observation about Obama’s pick of Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education. Because Duncan gets along with teachers unions but is also seen as a reformer, his selection was interpreted as a politically shrewd, split-the-difference choice. But that is not the whole story. Lurking behind Obama’s talk about getting beyond ideology…

The Washington Post, in a story fairly typical of other coverage, says that Obama’s pick for Secretary of Education will “reach out to unions, school reform gorups” and “bridge the divides among education advocates, teachers unions and civil rights groups over how to fix America’s school.” Or as another syndicated WaPo story put it, “Duncan…