Parents beware - Facebook has changed its policy regarding minors and their pages. From the New York Times:
Facebook has loosened its privacy rules for teenagers as a debate swirls
over online threats to children from bullies and sexual predators.
The move, announced on Wednesday,
allows teenagers to post status updates, videos and images that can be
seen by anyone, not just their friends or people who know their friends.
They’re hitting kids from a neurological weak spot. Kids don’t have the
same kind of impulse control that adults do,” said Emily Bazelon, a
journalist and author of the book “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the
Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and
Two stories from The Stranger on Suzanne Dale Estey. One about the public disclosure e-mails and the other a story they did when Suzanne Dale Estey worked as a lobbyist for WaMu. I was wondering when they would get to this and the last paragraph in the story says what we have all wondered; what does this big investment her wealthy supporters are putting into her campaign mean? They got a good quote from her, too:
In our SECB meeting, when we asked her about her endorsements from the scandal-tinged Peter Maier
and ineffective incumbent Michael DeBell, she told us: "Just because
someone is supporting me doesn't mean I embrace all of their
Except that Peter Maier served on the Seattle School Board and was ousted precisely because of his "weaknesses" as a Board director.
Great story from Wired about a teacher in Mexico who changed the way he teaches...to great effect for his class. More about the student-centered learning movement.
For five years, he (Sergio Juarez Correa) had stood in front of students and worked his way
through the government-mandated curriculum. It was mind-numbingly boring
for him and the students, and he’d come to the conclusion that it was a
waste of time. Test scores were poor, and even the students who did
well weren’t truly engaged. Something had to change.
He began reading books and searching for ideas online.
Soon he stumbled on a video describing the work of Sugata Mitra, a
professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the UK.
In the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, Mitra conducted experiments
in which he gave children in India access to computers. Without any
instruction, they were able to teach themselves a surprising variety of
things, from DNA replication to English.
Paloma was silent, waiting to be told what to do. She didn’t realize
that over the next nine months, her experience of school would be
rewritten, tapping into an array of educational innovations from around
the world and vaulting her and some of her classmates to the top of the
math and language rankings in Mexico.