Mar. 25th, 2012

Link Salad

Mar. 25th, 2012 02:39 am
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Three links on education, more or less:

1. 'A Test You Need to Fail': A Teacher's Open Letter to Her 8th Grade Students: A teacher discusses a standardized test, its shortcomings, and the deceptions used in implementing it and presenting it to students and teachers.

2. What Happens When A 35-Year-Old Man Retakes The SAT?: Done as a stunt, the writer goes back and retakes SATs. Of course, they've changed since he was in high school (there are now three parts, not two, with a proportionately higher maximum score), and much is still the same (he still hates it, and can now enumerate and detail the reasons, most of which haven't changed). It's an interesting perspective, not least because of his description of how problematic it is to write the essay longhand, a skill which so many of us have abandoned in large measure.

3. How to Write Like a Scientist: Fascinating look at how to dehumanize one's writing, because "Science succeeds in spite of human beings, not because of us, so you want to make it look like your results magically discovered themselves." Makes me twitch, at the same time as I'm nodding, recognizing the writing style described.

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