Greetings! Here’s what I’m reading this week…you might want to as well.
Something provocative where you wouldn’t think to look…
In last week’s Hack Education, Audrey Watters explores the data that we give away unthinkingly on our own, and on our children’s (and students’) behalves. Starting with a look at Pokemon Go and Hello Barbie (clearly not an educational toy, but a cautionary tale nonetheless), Watters goes on to examine the ways in which the collection and use of data in education do not actually serve their ostensible purpose (effective accountability) and, in fact, may cause harm and discrimination. She says, “How will education and education technology balance data collection – accountability and transparency – and information security? In light of Wikileaks and the DNC hacks – all those who combed through this stolen data looking to confirm, for example, their suspicions about Hillary Clinton and the Common Core – how might education data be further weaponized?.....It’s weaponized already, of course. None of this surveillance plays out equitably. None of the surveillance and none of the punishment.”
Please go read it yourself (and subscribe!); I can’t match Watters’ scholarship and writing, but you get the idea. This is IMPORTANT stuff to read, and to keep reading.
After your dose of reality and serious issues, take a puzzle break. If you don’t know about Naoki Inaba’s puzzles, you can read about them in a number of places, but I first read about them at Math Equals Love (thanks, Sarah!). Last week, Sarah wrote a post about some geometric puzzles – Zukei puzzles – and they are as addicting as the area mazes (there’s an app for them, you know). Sarah also shared a document containing the puzzles with instructions in English. Inaba Puzzle has a website of its own as well, if you want to go hunting for more. After all, you’ll have loads of time over the holiday break!
Dan does it again
I know we are all loyal readers of dy/dan, but I have to celebrate and highlight his recent post, The Bureau of Non White Math White Dude Math Education Keynote Speakers, in which he gives us a list of people who are not white and/or not male to invite to speak INSTEAD of him. Each speaker’s specialty is briefly described, with the exception of the inimitable Tracy Zager, who as Dan so eloquently describes, would entrance and enrich us by reading the tax code. Thanks, Dan!
A wish for all Just reading Pam Wilson’s post about lighting up her classroom for the holidays brought a smile to my face. The best holidays to everyone.
Wendy Menard (@wmukluk)