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Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.] 16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]

" In Venezuela, we couldn’t stop Chávez. Don’t make the same mistakes we did. The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It. Assuming this narrative is true (again, I have no idea what the administration intends), the “resistance” is playing right into Trump’s playbook.

The Immigration Ban is a Headfake, and We’re Falling For It

The most vocal politicians could be seen at rallies, close to the headlines. » Blacklists are technically infeasible, practically unreliable and unethical. Period. It’s been a big weekend for poorly designed blacklists.

» Blacklists are technically infeasible, practically unreliable and unethical. Period.

But prior to this another blacklist was also a significant discussion. Beall’s list of so-called “Predatory” journals and publishers vanished from the web around a week ago. There is still not explanation for why, but the most obvious candidate is that legal action, threatened or real, was the cause of it being removed. Since it disappeared many listservs and groups have been asking what should be done? My answer is pretty simple. Here are 23 terrifying things that President Trump has done in the last seven days. Donald Trump was inaugurated on Friday 20 January.

Here are 23 terrifying things that President Trump has done in the last seven days

This is his seventh day as president. He has not yet been in the job a full week. But he’s been pretty busy – so here is a summary of some of the things he’s been up to. I should warn you upfront that this is quite a long list – but it seemed worth taking the time to record quite how many frightening or ridiculous things a government can do in a short time period when it really puts its mind to it. All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life. All I Know Is What’s on the Internet Information literacy is not the antidote to fake news, because the institutions for teaching it can’t be trusted either Rolin Moe January 17, 2017 share Image: "Lost in Reflection" from Night Shift by Guillaume Lachapelle.

All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life

Fake news elected Donald Trump. At least, judging by media attention — social or otherwise — one might come to that conclusion. Once a fearsome murderer invaded a Zen master’s home. Once a fearsome murderer invaded a Zen master’s home.

Once a fearsome murderer invaded a Zen master’s home

“Give me everything you own, or I’ll kill you,” he said, brandishing his sword. Sherlock And The Adventure Of The Declining Standards. Contains a memory palace full of spoilers It's great when you're the showrunner of a massively beloved TV show with legions of loyal fans.

Sherlock And The Adventure Of The Declining Standards

Because even with a schedule that requires three episodes every two years, you can basically do nothing for twenty-three months, and then toss out some scripts over a weekend Pro-Plus binge. It's fine, they'll watch anything, as long as you Do The Things. Sherlock is a TV show based on the intricately plotted detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, where the brilliantly analytical Sherlock Holmes unravels mysteries with rigorous deductive reasoning.

Season four of Sherlock the TV show is about a man with magic powers and a collection of Things That He Does, who has a bunch of friends who all have one character trait each. Scientists aren't superheroes – failure is a valid result. Concern has been growing in the past decade about published scientific claims that other laboratories can’t successfully replicate.

Scientists aren't superheroes – failure is a valid result

Some of these studies are pretty silly – for example, the claim that women’s political preferences change by 20 percentage points depending on the time of the month. Others were potentially useful but didn’t work out, like the one which says that holding your body in a “power pose” gives you a hormonal boost. Then there are claims which may have policy relevance, such as the study that says early childhood interventions could increase young adults’ earnings by 40%. The claim came from a longitudinal study which would require at least 20 years to replicate, but, on the basis of statistics alone, we have good reason to be sceptical about the findings.

This replication problem has become a crisis in the sense that researchers, ordinary citizens and policymakers no longer know what or whom to trust. Post-truth and information literacy. CC0, Public Domain So there’s this phrase being bandied about: “post-truth.”

Post-truth and information literacy

As in, we live in a “post-truth era.” Popular use of the phrase is over a decade old, but its recent ascendancy lead The Oxford English Dictionary to name it Word of the Year for 2016; here’s the OED definition: relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. I mean, we’re at the point where Trump supporters racists are literally saying that “there’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore of facts.” Armchair political scientists and ersatz media commentators are having a field day using post-truth politics to explain everything from contemporary political discourse to Brexit to identity politics to the rise of neo-Nazism to the presidential election and everything in between. V for Volunteer – a dystopian reality. Four months ago I conducted an interview with the chair of a trustee group who are responsible for the museum in their small city.

V for Volunteer – a dystopian reality.

I was visiting the city to do some research for a book I was working on and, in the process, I got talking to the volunteers in the museum about their situation. That talk, and many emails after that visit, now make up the body of this interview. All names and locations have been anonymised as the people I spoke to did not want to cause any bad feelings, and feared that their grant applications would be refused yet again if they were found to be speaking out. Parents Of Nasal Learners Demand Odor-Based Curriculum. COLUMBUS, OH–Backed by olfactory-education experts, parents of nasal learners are demanding that U.S. public schools provide odor-based curricula for their academically struggling children. A nasal learner struggles with an odorless textbook. "Despite the proliferation of countless scholastic tests intended to identify children with special needs, the challenges facing nasal learners continue to be ignored," said Delia Weber, president of Parents Of Nasal Learners, at the group's annual conference.

"Every day, I witness firsthand my son Austin's struggle to succeed in a school environment that recognizes the needs of visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learners but not him. " Teaching ‘grit’ is bad for children, and bad for democracy. According to the grit narrative, children in the United States are lazy, entitled and unprepared to compete in the global economy. Schools have contributed to the problem by neglecting socio-emotional skills. The solution, then, is for schools to impart the dispositions that enable American children to succeed in college and careers.

According to this story, politicians, policymakers, corporate executives and parents agree that kids need more grit. The person who has arguably done more than anyone else to elevate the concept of grit in academic and popular conversations is Angela Duckworth, professor at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That. - The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the latest episode of our new podcast series on the future of higher education. You can subscribe in iTunes, to get past and future episodes.

It’s near midnight on a Friday at Kansas State University, and an associate professor of anthropology is out with his students, sneaking onto the rooftop of a campus building — or at least trying to. A security guard is right on their heels — announced by the jingle of keys in his pocket. So one of the students starts talking loudly about his homework, and the guard loses interest and peels off. You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That. - The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is the latest episode of our new podcast series on the future of higher education.

You can subscribe in iTunes, to get past and future episodes. Not Enough Voices - Hybrid Pedagogy. On Friday, 12 August 2016, Sean Michael Morris gave one of two closing keynotes at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute held at the University of Mary Washington. Below is the text of his talk; the audio above is edited from the video recording of that morning’s keynotes. I do my best to stay quiet. It’s only on Jesse Stommel’s insistence that I’m here. It’s not that I don’t like to talk. My family will tell you I like to talk plenty. We Can Handle the Truth. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics starts out with a bang: Seek truth and report it.

I’ve Got a Serious Problem with “Serious Academics.” – The Tattooed Professor. Trying to make it in the non academic world… I’m With The Banned — Welcome to the Scream Room. The car pulls up outside a dinner being held by Fox News, and two giant, besuited security guards get in on either side of me. They are the single most massive individuals I have ever met. Paulo Freire, critical pedagogy, and libraries.

You’ve probably heard of #critlib: that loose affiliation of librarians interested in “critical perspectives on library practice” [link]. Katyboo1's Weblog. It is day four in the Big Brexit house. Would Europeans be free to stay in the UK after Brexit? The digital skills crisis - infoism. Today the Science and Technology Committee published their report on the “digital skills crisis” which concluded that “up to 12.6 million of the adult UK population lack basic digital skills” and 5.8m have “never used the internet at all” (you can view the full report here).

In setting out the report, the Committee makes the following claim: Digital exclusion has no place in 21st Century Britain. While the Government is to be commended for the actions taken so far to tackle aspects of the digital skills crisis, stubborn digital exclusion and systemic problems with digital education and training need to be addressed as a matter of urgency in the Government’s forthcoming Digital Strategy.

In this report, we address the key areas which we believe the Digital Strategy must deliver to achieve the step change necessary to halt the digital skills crisis and bring an end to digital exclusion once and for all. Libraries, books, and librarians. Who is the woman in the first world problems meme image? - Quora. Technigal. Accessing Publisher Resources via a Mobile Device: A User’s Journey. What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything? Welcome to 'the worst job in the world' – my life as a Guardian moderator. Poor writing advice. Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind.

Quote by Umberto Eco: “Books are not made to be believed, but to be su...” Beyond the Bullet Points: Bad Libraries Build Collections, Good Libraries Build Services, Great Libraries Build Communities. The Materiality of Research: ‘On the Materiality of Writing in Academia or Remembering Where I Put My Thoughts’ by Ninna Meier. Critiquing Scholarly Positions. 24 books you've probably never heard of that will change your life. Librarians Find Themselves Caught Between Journal Pirates and Publishers. How to Use a Bullet Journal to Stay Organized! — Plant Based Bride.

Researcher illegally shares millions of science papers free online to spread knowledge. Q: What did universities learn from the financial crash? A: Nothing. Information literacy is for life, not just for a good degree. The Answers, The Questions and Practical Significance — Identity, Education and Power. Concrete ways faculty can work with other colleagues to improve their teaching (essay)

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not real. In the library in the gym, Big Brother is coming to universities. There's something better than a 'fuck off fund'