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  • Curious George

    Hide and Seek

    Can you spy the hidden numbers?

    Goals: Numbers, Math
  • Dinosaur Train

    Leaf Leader

    Tug-of-war with dinosaurs!

    Goals: Dinosaurs, Math, weight, Measurement
  • Peg + Cat

    Pizza Place

    Help Peg fill all the pizza orders!

    Goals: Counting, Numbers
  • Plum Landing

    Jungle Rangers

    Find Amazing Creatures in the Jungle!

    Goals: Wildlife, Animals, Environment, Rainforest, Habitats, Ecosystems
  • Ready Jet Go!

    Planet Pinball

    It's pinball time! Help Jet put all the planets in the right order!

    Goals: Science, Global, Gravity, Space
  • Sesame Street

    Lord of the Crumbs

    Help Cookie Monster find his cookie recipe!

    Goals: Shapes, Patterns, Goals, Self control

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  • Cyberchase

    Watts of Trouble

    Help the rides in R-Fair City stay powered using renewable energy sources!

    Goals: Addition, Energy, Environment, Subtraction, Problem Solving, Logic
  • Odd Squad

    Odd Cases

    Odd things are happening all over town. Investigate and solve cases!

    Goals: Addition, Subtraction, Problem Solving
  • Sesame Street

    Grover's Winter Games

    Go skiing, snow boarding and ice skating with Grover!

    Goals: Mountains, Olympics / Sports, Patterns, Numbers, Problem Solving, Winter Holidays
  • Arthur

    Muffy's Wardrobe

    Find the perfect outfit in Muffy's Wardrobe.

    Goals: Jobs, Dress Up, Roles
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Let's Make Believe

    Play make believe with Daniel and choose your own adventures!

    Goals: Outer Space, Exploring, Emotions/Feelings
  • Martha Speaks

    Dogs on Ice

    Make an ice skating routine for Martha's friends!

    Goals: Winter Holidays, Dogs, Vocabulary, Literacy

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  • Cyberchase

    Virus Hunt

    Quick navigating will save Pleasant Island.

    Goals: Distance, Navigate, Maps, Illness + Getting Better
  • Design Squad

    Don't Flood the Fidgits!

    Build a city for the Fidgits that will stay safe and dry during a flood.

    Goals: Environment, Building, Design, Test
  • Fizzy's Lunch Lab

    Hard Boiled

    Play Fizzy's new game show!

    Goals: Healthy Eating
  • Sid the Science Kid

    Vegetable Patterns

    Make veggie patterns!

    Goals: Patterns, Science Projects, Gardening, Problem Solving
  • The Cat in the Hat

    Migration Adventure

    Hop in the Thingamajigger & help birds migrate!

    Goals: Weather & Climate, Nature, Wildlife, Environment, Habitats, Birds
  • Wild Kratts

    Go Cheetah Go

    Build and race your own cheetah.

    Goals: Mammals, Wildlife, Cats, Physics
  • Cyberchase

    Watts of Trouble

    Help the rides in R-Fair City stay powered using renewable energy sources!

    Goals: Addition, Energy, Environment, Subtraction, Problem Solving, Logic
  • Odd Squad

    Odd Cases

    Odd things are happening all over town. Investigate and solve cases!

    Goals: Addition, Subtraction, Problem Solving
  • Wild Kratts

    Rhino Bowl

    Use your bowling skills to help save the baby rhino, Nubs!

    Goals: Wildlife
  • Nature Cat

    Fine Feathered Feast

    Learn about birds while serving them their favorite types of feed!

    Goals: Animals, Birds, Nature

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  • Odd Squad

    Odd Cases

    Odd things are happening all over town. Investigate and solve cases!

    Goals: Addition, Subtraction, Problem Solving
  • Cyberchase

    Watts of Trouble

    Help the rides in R-Fair City stay powered using renewable energy sources!

    Goals: Addition, Energy, Environment, Subtraction, Problem Solving, Logic
  • Arthur

    Arthur's Tricks and Treats

    Pass out treats to trick-or-treaters with Arthur!

    Goals: Halloween, Friends, Problem Solving
  • Nature Cat

    Fine Feathered Feast

    Learn about birds while serving them their favorite types of feed!

    Goals: Animals, Birds, Nature
  • The Ruff Ruffman Show

    Dress that Rhino

    Dress Fluff the Rhino!

    Goals: States of Matter, Test, Science Projects
  • The Ruff Ruffman Show

    Ruff's Cookie Creator

    Make your own cookie creations to serve customers with Ruff!

    Goals: States of Matter, Create, Chemistry, Dogs
  • 44 More New Games

    Popular Games

    • Sesame Street

      Elmo's World Games

      Play all kinds of games with Elmo!

      Goals: Summer, Dress Up, Winter, Dance, Spring, Shapes, Fall, Friendship, Drawing
    • The Ruff Ruffman Show

      Fish Force

      Help save Ruff's plushy from the penguins!

      Goals: Design, Scientific Reasoning, Physics
    • Nature Cat

      Fine Feathered Feast

      Learn about birds while serving them their favorite types of feed!

      Goals: Animals, Birds, Nature
    • Ready Jet Go!

      Mission Earth

      Take photos of planet earth with Mindy, Jet, and Sunspot to send to Bortron 7!

      Goals: Environment, Science, Nature, Space, Earth Science
    • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

      Spin and Sing

      Spin the wheel and sing songs with Daniel!

      Goals: Try Something New, Family, Self control, Helping, Music, Cleaning up/Chores, Singing, Emotions/Feelings
    • Peg + Cat

      Symmetry Painter

      Make amazing art with Peg and Cat!

      Goals: Shapes, Patterns, Coloring, Art, Drawing
    • 44 More Popular Games

      Reading Games

      • Sid the Science Kid

        Sid Says

        Copy Sid's dad as he moves those muscles!

        Goals: Biology, Vocabulary, Exercise/Fitness
      • Chuck Vanderchuck

        Lyrical Solarium: Salsa

        Create a Salsa song for Chuck to sing.

        Goals: Singing, Music, Words
      • Writers Contest

        Writer's Contest

        Read stories created kids just like you!

        Goals: Storytelling, Create, Writing, Stories/Books, Reading, Drawing
      • Caillou

        Matching Game

        Help Caillou match the leaves!

        Goals: Vocabulary, Nature, Writing, Environment, Words, Reading, Literacy
      • Maya & Miguel

        Miguel's Sketchpad

        Help Miguel make a comic strip for Tito.

        Goals: Languages, Create, Storytelling
      • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman

        Dog Pound

        Pound the answers, not the dog.

        Goals: Science, Weather & Climate, Experiments, Letters, Space
      • 136 More Reading Games

        Dinosaur Games

        • Dinosaur Train

          Rail Rally

          Play as all the different engines on racing day!

          Goals: Test, Dinosaurs
        • Sesame Street

          Ernie's Dinosaur Daycare

          Imagine you can go back in time and play with dinosaurs!

          Goals: Helping, Dinosaurs
        • Caillou

          Caillou the Paleontologist

          Dig up dinosaur bones with Caillou.

          Goals: Habitats, Dinosaurs, Experiments, Jobs
        • Dinosaur Train

          Dino Drink

          Help! These dinos are thirsty.

          Goals: Volume, Dinosaurs, Measurement
        • Dinosaur Train

          Dino Dive

          Dive in with the dinosaurs!

          Goals: Volume, Dinosaurs, Measurement, Sports
        • Dinosaur Train

          Roarin' Relay

          Race with the dinosaurs!

          Goals: Dinosaurs, Estimation, Measurement
        • 18 More Dinosaur Games

          Math Games

          • Sid the Science Kid

            Snowflake Match

            Match snowflakes with Gerald!

            Goals: Patterns, Weather & Climate, Winter Holidays
          • Curious George

            Monkey Jump

            Jump with George!

            Goals: 123's, Counting, Numbers, Math, Exercise/Fitness
          • Caillou

            Caillou's Magic Keyboard

            Use Caillou's Magic Keyboard to make music!

            Goals: Fractions, Art, Music, Patterns
          • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman

            Freeze Dance

            Find Chet's party before it's too late!

            Goals: Maps, Problem Solving, Distance
          • Sesame Street

            Oscar's Trash Collection

            Sort Oscar's trash by color and shape.

            Goals: Environment, Patterns, Cleaning up/Chores, Shapes
          • Clifford The Big Red Dog

            Clifford Kisses

            Match colors for a big Clifford kiss.

            Goals: Helping, Patterns, Social Skills, Dogs
          • 197 More Math Games

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            Games

            • Martha Speaks

              Scrub a Pup

              Help Martha wash these dirty dogs!

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            • Dinosaur Train

              Dinosaur Field Guide

              Learn cool facts about dinosaurs!

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            • Martha Speaks

              Socks in Space

              Help Martha collect her socks... in space!

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            • Martha Speaks

              Dogs on Ice

              Make an ice skating routine for Martha's friends!

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            • Arthur

              Comic Creator

              Make your own comic with Arthur and friends!

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            • Writers Contest

              Writer's Contest

              Read stories created kids just like you!

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            • Fizzy's Lunch Lab

              Kitchen Tour with Mixie

              Take a tour of the kitchen with Mixie!

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Hermit Shell

              Find the right shells for the hermit crabs!

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            • WordGirl

              Dr. Two Brains Lair

              What can you turn to cheese with the cheese ray?

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            • Dinosaur Train

              Buddy's A-Mazing Adventure

              Help Buddy find his way in the maze!

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            • Oh Noah!

              Curtain Up!

              Can you help Noah & Coco create a play?

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Deep Sea Follow Me

              Find these fish a home!

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Do You See My Seahorse?

              Help the baby seahorses find their dads.

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            • SciGirls

              Aquabot

              Build, test, design and explore to save the day!

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            • SciGirls

              Pick'M Stick'M

              Pick'M from the puzzle, then Stick'M to create your own!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Paint-a-Long

              Paint and play with Peg and Cat!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Rock Art

              Use your rocks to make a picture!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Pizza Place

              Help Peg fill all the pizza orders!

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            • Sesame Street

              Cookies of the Caribbean

              Listen carefully and follow directions to help Cookie Monster!

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            • Curious George

              Pumpkin Boo

              Collect pumpkins on the way to Boo Fest!

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            • Wild Kratts

              Monkey Mayhem

              Use creature power suits to help invite all the monkeys for Grabsy's birthday!

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            • The Electric Company

              Jungle Jumble

              Help stop Francine's bots!

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            • The Electric Company

              Mine Cart Mash

              Battle with Francine's bots underground!

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            • Sesame Street

              The Hungry Games

              Help Cookie Monster compete in the Hungry Games!

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            • Sesame Street

              Grover's Winter Games

              Go skiing, snow boarding and ice skating with Grover!

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            • Dinosaur Train

              River Run

              Race down the river and collect as many insects as you can!

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            • Sesame Street

              Lord of the Crumbs

              Help Cookie Monster find his cookie recipe!

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            • The Electric Company

              Scrapyard Slice

              Have you ever sliced words? Try it. It's fun!

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            • The Electric Company

              My Pet Bot

              Make and dress your own pet robot!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Chickens in Space

              Keep Big Mouth from eating the chickens in space!

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            • Curious George

              Build-A-Bot

              Use your engineering skills to help build a robot with Curious George!

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Marbelous Marvel Coaster

              Use your creativity to engineer a Marbelous Marvel Coaster!

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            • Peg + Cat

              On the Farm

              Clean, feed, and count Peg's farm animal friends!

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            • Plum Landing

              Mountain Scramble

              Build your own mountain ecosystem!

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            • Plum Landing

              Jungle Jeopardy

              Build your own rainforest ecosystem!

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            • Plum Landing

              Feed the Dingo

              Build your own desert ecosystem!

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            • Plum Landing

              Make a Mangrove

              Build your own ecosystem in a mangrove!

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            • Plum Landing

              Explore the Outback

              Find Cool Creatures in the Desert!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Treasure Hunt Adventure

              Help Peg and Cat find the buried treasure!

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            • Martha Speaks

              Martha Steaks

              Help Martha and friends jump, run, and flip to collect their favorite meat!

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            • The Electric Company

              Halfpipe Hoverball

              Skateboard with Marcus on the halfpipe!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Super Peg and Cat Guy Adventure

              Help Super Peg and Cat Guy stop the Arch Villain!

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            • Plum Landing

              Jungle Rangers

              Find Amazing Creatures in the Jungle!

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            • Plum Landing

              Water Safari

              Find Neat Creatures in a Mangrove Swamp!

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            • Plum Landing

              Rocky Mountain Roundup

              Find living things on the mountain!

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            • Plum Landing

              Nature Sketchpad

              Draw what's in nature!

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            • Wild Kratts

              Animal Match

              Test out your memory skills with this fun animal matching game!

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            • Martha Speaks

              Martha Seeks

              Help the pups dig for bones!

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            • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

              Bathtime Helper

              Help Daniel give Margaret a bath.

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            • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

              Sandcastle

              Build sandcastles with Daniel.

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            • Dinosaur Train

              Station Race

              How fast can you lay the tracks to pick up all the dinosaurs?

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            • Arthur

              D.W. & Bud's Backyard Adventure

              Join D.W. and Bud on an exciting Backyard adventure!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Happy Camel

              Find the hidden toy for Epidermis the camel.

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            • Odd Squad

              Catch the Centigurps

              Catch and zap those crazy little fuzzballs!

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            • Odd Squad

              Down the Tubes

              Help fix the tubes so the Odd Squad agents can get around.

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Super Cleaner Upper

              Help Cat in the Hat clean up the neighborhood, by recycling and composting items

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            • Sesame Street

              Abby's Sandbox Search

              Help Abby find the objects hidden in the sand!

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            • Plum Landing

              Outdoor Adventures

              Get outdoors with Plum!

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            • Wild Kratts

              Creature Photo Shoot

              Take pictures of animals living in their habitats!

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            • Odd Squad

              Creature Duty

              Take care of Odd Squad's strange creatures!

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            • Plum Landing

              Can You Dig It?

              Help the Bilby dig for food!

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            • Plum Landing

              Mangroovin'

              Feed the fish and get it to safety!

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            • Curious George

              Secret Agent George

              Help George use his five senses to pretend he's a secret agent!

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            • Sesame Street

              Elmo and Abby's Dress Up Time

              Play Dress-up with Elmo and Abby!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Bubble Bath

              Fill the tub and make some bubbles with Peg and Cat!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Chicken Coop

              Make those 100 chicks at home in their coop!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Giant Hide and Seek

              Fee-fi-fo-fum! Here come the giants!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Highlight Zone

              Help Ramone bring back all the colors!

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            • Odd Squad

              Pienado

              Watch out for flying pie! Help stop Odd Todd's pienado.

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            • Odd Squad

              Code Breaker

              Crack the code and get into top secret areas in headquarters.

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            • Cyberchase

              Rescue Ecotopia!

              Save Ecotopia from Hacker disasters by keeping animals and plants healthy!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Make the Cake

              Decorate birthday cakes with Peg and Cat!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Race Car

              Pick your race car and ready, set, go!

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            • Plum Landing

              Break it Down

              Help Plum decompose the waste!

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            • Curious George

              Hearts & Crafts

              George needs help creating cards for all of his friends!

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            • Sesame Street

              Detective Elmo: The Cookie Case

              Help Elmo solve the Cookie Case!

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            • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

              Coloring

              Color with Daniel Tiger and friends!

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            • Sesame Street

              Oscar's Rotten Ride

              Help Oscar collect all the rotten trash!

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            • Wild Kratts

              Capture the Fishmobiles

              Feed and energize the Pelican and Osprey by catching as many fish as you can!

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            • Fizzy's Lunch Lab

              Fizzy's Food Truck

              Help Fizzy deliver bean burgers to all his favorite customers!

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            • SciGirls

              Rule the Roost

              Which team will be on top when time runs out?

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            • Kart Kingdom

              Kart Kingdom

              Play Kart Kingdom to explore fun worlds and learn about systems thinking!

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            • Plum Landing

              Seed Racer

              Help Plum collect all the seeds!

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            • Plum Landing

              Invaders!

              Help Plum rid the habitats of invasive species!

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            • SciGirls

              Creature Features

              Help Izzie search for creatures in the park and city!

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            • Wild Kratts

              Creature Mobile

              Use different creature powers to engineer a vehicle to outrace the Zachbots!

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Invention Engine

              Help the Cat in the Hat engineer items for the birthday party!

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            • Oh Noah!

              Games in Videos

              Learn Spanish and play games while watching videos of Noah and friends!

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            • Oh Noah!

              Lost and Found

              Use clues in Spanish to help Noah and Nell find what Coco is missing!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Baby Fox's Big Machine

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            • Arthur

              Waldo Loves Muffy

              Help Waldo reach Muffy!

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            • Wild Kratts

              Rhino Bowl

              Use your bowling skills to help save the baby rhino, Nubs!

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            • Bob the Builder

              Stack to the Sky

              Help Wendy stack construction pieces to the sky. Look out for falling pieces!

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            • Arthur

              Arthur Delivers!

              Help Arthur and the gang make their bike deliveries!

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            • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

              Dress Up

              Dress up in costumes with Daniel and friends!

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            • Sesame Street

              Grover's Rhyme Time

              Help Grover rhyme his way to the station!

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            • Nature Cat

              Seed Soaring

              Help Nature Cat and send dandelion seeds as far as you can!

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            • Nature Cat

              Park Builder

              Help Nature Cat and friends build a park by earning materials as you play!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Mega Mall

              Shop with the Teens!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Hair Salon

              Wash, cut, style, and decorate hair!

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            • Bob the Builder

              Bob's Toolbox

              Explore different tools in Bob's toolbox!

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            • Bob the Builder

              Beams Away

              Make as many beams as you can before the workday ends!

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            • Bob the Builder

              Delivery Dash

              Choose a truck to help Leo make important deliveries across town!

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            • Arthur

              Family History Fun!

              Find out what your family members were like when they were your age!

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            • Sesame Street

              Ernie's Dinosaur Daycare

              Imagine you can go back in time and play with dinosaurs!

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            • Nature Cat

              Racing Rapids

              Design and build a sturdy boat to race along the rapids with the Nature Cat crew

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            • Ready Jet Go!

              Constellation Exploration

              Explore different constellations in the night sky with Mindy!

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            • Ready Jet Go!

              Sean's Shuttle Quest

              Explore different planets and fix Sean's Rover in this space exploration game!

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            • Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius

              Eyes on the Road

              Help Ruff keep his eyes on the road!

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            • Plum Landing

              Nature Changer

              Help animals find what they need to survive. Make your own levels!

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            • Plum Landing

              Plum's Creature Connector

              Solve puzzles to help plants and animals get what they need!

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            • Ready Jet Go!

              Sydney's Astro Tracker

              Learn about different asteroids in this fast-moving, asteroid tagging game!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Peg's Parade

              Lead the musical parade with Peg and friends!

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            • Design Squad

              Don't Flood the Fidgits!

              Build a city for the Fidgits that will stay safe and dry during a flood.

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            • Odd Squad

              Odd Invasion

              Defend Odd Squad headquarters from a very odd invasion!

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            • Cyberchase

              Save the Park!

              Help save the park from Buzz and Delete!

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            • Arthur

              Treehouse Designer!

              Help design a treehouse for Arthur and his friends!

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            • Super Why!

              Spectacular Spelling Play

              Help Princess Presto put on a spectacular spelling play!

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            • Super Why!

              Super Why Saves the Day

              Use your spelling knowledge to help Super Why finish the story!

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            • Odd Squad

              Agent Check-Up

              Help Dr. O diagnose and cure the agents' odd diseases.

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            • Nature Cat

              Nature Cat's Adventure

              Help Nature Cat deliver missing items to his neighborhood friends!

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            • Ready Jet Go!

              Planet Pinball

              It's pinball time! Help Jet put all the planets in the right order!

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            • Dinosaur Train

              Rail Rally

              Play as all the different engines on racing day!

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            • Oh Noah!

              Oh Noah! Crossroads

              Help Noah deliver items to Coco using Spanish vocabulary!

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            • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

              Music Shop

              Play with all the instruments at the Music Shop!

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            • PBS KIDS You Choose

              PBS KIDS You Choose

              Learn about Presidents, collect trading cards and make a campaign poster!

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            • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

              Classroom Helpers

              Help Daniel and his friends with their classroom jobs!

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            • Sesame Street

              The Cookie Games

              Compete in ring spin, hurdles, and archery with Cookie Monster!

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Camp Time

              Set up a campsite and roast s'mores with the Cat in the Hat!

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            • Arthur

              Planet Pal

              Help the dogs of Planet Pal create patterns!

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            • The Cat in the Hat

              Corn Maze Craze

              Help Cat in the Hat find Nick & Sally in the corn maze or make your own!

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            • Arthur

              Arthur's Top 20

              Help Arthur fill in his photo album with memories!

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            • Peg + Cat

              Super Peg

              Join forces with Super Peg and Cat Guy to save Mathtropolis!

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            • Sesame Street

              Elmo's School Friends

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State’s smallest and most isolated school district overcomes its challenges and limitations

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Barry Adams:

There are no plastic trays, pans of lasagna, a salad bar or even crates filled with cartons of chocolate milk.

Most days, students in the Washington Island School District are on their own for lunch. If they want something hot, they bring a Thermos or use one of the eight microwave ovens in the school’s multipurpose room to heat up leftovers or other concoctions from home.

The closest the school comes to a lunch program is once every other Wednesday. That’s when the student council, as a fundraiser, makes a $4 meal that can include homemade spaghetti, pizza or hot dogs.

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How Education Reform Ate the Democratic Party

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Jennifer C. Berkshire :

In a Facebook post this summer, hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb took aim at the highest ranking Black woman in the New York legislator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “[H]ypocrites like Stewart-Cousins who pay fealty to powerful union thugs and bosses,” wrote Loeb, “do more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.” The rant, which had the exquisite misfortune of appearing just days before the actual KKK took to the streets of Charlottesville to menace nonwhite people and their allies, struck a familiar Loeb theme. In a previous post he implored his peer to take up the fight against the teachers union: “the biggest single force standing in the way of quality education and an organization that has done more to perpetuate poverty and discrimination against people of color than the KKK.”

It would be easy to dismiss all this frothing as just Loeb being Loeb. This is, after all, the same crusader for justice who once lambasted a CEO for his imperial lifestyle, not an easy charge to level from a ten-thousand-square-foot penthouse. But the NYC financier is not just any hedge fund billionaire. As the chair of the board of Success Academy, New York’s largest network of charter schools, he is a leading force within the nexus of big money and self-proclaimed school “reformers” within the Democratic party. While Loeb doesn’t limit his donations to Dems (as his profile on the married-but-looking dating site, Ashley Madison, indicated, he is not one to be tied down), he exerts the kind of outsized influence that $3.2 billion in net worth reliably commands these days.

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Poor boys are falling behind poor girls, and it’s deeply troubling

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Jeff Guo:

It’s become a fact of American life that girls are better than boys at school. They get better grades. They’re suspended less. For every generation since the boomers, women have been more likely than men to earn high school and college diplomas.

In fact, girls are pretty much the only reason the high school graduation rate went up in past 40 years, according to calculations by Harvard economist Richard Murnane. The male high school graduation rate has been stuck at 81 percent since the 1970s, while the female graduation rose from 81 percent to 87 percent.

Women have been so persistently superior it is perhaps time for a new stereotype about the sexes — girls as bookish mavens like Lisa Simpson; boys as goof-offs like Bart.

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UW Police Chief Kristen Roman: Students’ lack of trust ‘disheartening’

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Pat Schneider:

The discouraging findings came from UW-Madison’s first survey of students on campus climate, the results of which were released Nov. 16.

The results “further illuminate the trust challenges facing not only our department but the department across the street and those across the nation,” Roman wrote in a blog posted Nov. 20.

Roman asserted her department’s commitment to serving all members of the campus community.

“I am deeply concerned about any reported community reluctance to reach out to police for assistance. I understand that there are many social and political obstacles in place that inhibit/prevent certain individuals or groups from officially reporting problems to police and that many of these are beyond the ability of the police alone to eliminate,” she said. Roman pledged to work to identify and eliminate barriers between police and the community to the extent possible.

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How Social Media Is Leveling the Playing Field Between Governments, Militants, and Ordinary People

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Murtaza Hussain:

Decades before smartphones, the internet, and social media, the philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who worked on media theory, predicted a future world war fought using information. While World War I and World War II were waged using armies and mobilized economies, “World War III [will be] a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation,” McLuhan said, a prophecy included in his 1970 book of reflections, “Culture Is Our Business.”

McLuhan’s prediction may have felt outlandish in his own era, but it seems very close to our present-day reality. Decades ago, the barriers to entry for broadcasting and publishing were so high that only established institutions could meaningfully engage in news dissemination. But over the past 10 to 15 years, ordinary individuals have been radically empowered with the ability to record, publish, and broadcast information to millions around the world, at minimal cost.

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China High Court Accepts Appeal Against Family Planning Fine

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Wang Lianzhang:

Earlier this month, a high court in eastern China accepted a couple’s appeal against a fine they received for having a second child, Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper reported Tuesday. The case will test whether the two-child policy can apply retroactively for those who have unpaid family planning fines.

The couple had their first child, a girl, in 2008, and then a son in June 2012, when the one-child policy still applied. But no one mentioned a fine until May 2016 — five months after the two-child policy came into effect nationwide. Then, the local health and family planning commission in their hometown of Suining County, Jiangsu province, told them they owed 104,584 yuan ($15,800) for having a second child, who was by then 4 years old.

“Since the two-child policy is now being promoted across the country, why do we still have to pay the fine?” Tong Gang, the 34-year-old father, told Sixth Tone on Wednesday.

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Nearly All of Wikipedia Is Written By Just 1 Percent of Its Editors

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Daniel Oberhaus:

At the time of writing, there are roughly 132,000 registered editors who have been active on Wikipedia in the last month (there are also an unknown number of unregistered Wikipedians who contribute to the site). So statistically speaking, only about 1,300 people are creating over three-quarters of the 600 new articles posted to Wikipedia every day.

Of course, these “1 percenters” have changed over the last decade and a half. According to Matei, roughly 40 percent of the top 1 percent of editors bow out about every five weeks. In the early days, when there were only a few hundred thousand people collaborating on Wikipedia, Matei said the content production was significantly more equitable. But as the encyclopedia grew, and the number of collaborators grew with it, a cadre of die-hard editors emerged that have accounted for the bulk of Wikipedia’s growth ever since.

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“1816, The Year without a Summer”

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Gillen D’Arcy Wood :

In a similar vein, it is important to remember that the misery of the Tambora period in Europe—years of famine, disease, and homelessness—was borne overwhelmingly by the poor, who left scant record of their sufferings. For most of those belonging to the middle and upper classes—including the Shelleys and their circle—the social and economic upheaval of those years presented only minor inconveniences. By contrast with the illiterate underclass, these affluent Europeans left voluminous accounts of their lives. To look at only their documentary record, therefore, can leave one with the misleading impression that the Tambora years were not exceptional in the history of the early nineteenth century. It is necessary to scrutinize what they wrote carefully for clues to the experience of the silent millions who suffered displacement, hunger, disease, and death at that time. From the bubble of privilege within which educated people such as the Shelleys and their friends composed their brilliant verse and letters, it is possible to catch gleams of this benighted other world through which they mostly passed oblivious.

In her account of the stormy night in Geneva when she first conceived her famous novel, Shelley imagines Frankenstein waking from a nightmare to find his hideous creation at his bedside, “looking on him with yellow, watery, but speculative eyes” (196). The description is reminiscent of numerous impressions of European beggars in this period. One English tourist, travelling from Rome to Naples in 1817, remarked on “the livid aspect of the miserable inhabitants of this region.” When asked how they lived, these “animated spectres” replied simply: “We die” (Matthews 192-3). From the beginning, then, Shelley’s imaginative conjuring of her famous Creature bears the mark of the famished and diseased European population by which she was surrounded in 1816-18. Like the hordes of hungry refugees spreading typhus across the continent during Shelley’s writing of the novel, the Creature in Frankenstein is a wanderer and a perceived menace to civilized society. In the novel, this murderous capability is attributed to the monster’s preternatural strength. But the terrifying atmosphere of his rampage, and his ability to strike at will across thousands of miles, seems more like the spread of a famine or contagion. In short, once the supernatural element of the monster’s creation is set aside, the experience of Mary Shelley’s creature most closely embodies the degradation and suffering of the homeless European poor in the Tambora period, while the violent disgust of Frankenstein and everyone else toward him mirrors the utter want of sympathy shown by most affluent Europeans toward the millions of Tambora’s climate victims suffering hunger, disease, and the loss of their homes and livelihoods. As the Creature himself puts it, he suffered first “from the inclemency of the season,” but “still more from the barbarity of man” (84).

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Kids’ smartwatches banned in Germany over spying concerns

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Graham Cluley:

German parents are being told to destroy smartwatches they have bought for their children after the country’s telecoms regulator put a blanket ban in place to prevent sale of the devices, amid growing privacy concerns.
Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency, told BBC News that the so-called smartwatches, typically aimed at children between the ages of five and 12 years old, are classified as spying devices:

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Dayton School of Law Offers 3+2 JD

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Angela Morris:

Plenty of law schools have rolled out programs designed to shave a year off the traditional path to a J.D. But on Friday, the University of Dayton School of Law became just the second school to offer a way to slice two years off the typical seven year undergrad-J.D. combo. Dayton, like other schools offering shorter tracks, is eager to attract stronger candidates as the overall applicant pool remains shallow. While many schools have 3+3 programs or accelerated two-year J.D. programs, so far only Dayton and Vermont Law School offer a way to become a lawyer in five years total.

“This is definitely for the best students,” said Paul Schlottman, Dayton’s director of strategic initiatives, who helped launch the 3+2 program. “These are for people who are very academically and otherwise gifted.”

The way it works is that students complete three years of courses in a partner undergraduate institution, and then transfer to Dayton, where their first year of law school counts towards their fourth year of undergraduate studies. In law school, students take courses—the same ones as traditional law students—in the summer, fall and spring semesters, which allows them to graduate in two years instead of three. However, if a law student at some point decides life is too hectic, she can always slow down and do the normal three-year J.D. program.

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The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better, by Daniel Koretz [book review]

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Richard P. Phelps, via a kind email:

The mainstream research that informs our country’s education policies is often more caricature than genuine research. Policy discussions tend to be dominated by the research that the ruling class inside education wishes to be true, rather than by that which is true.

Among the several falsehoods book author Daniel Koretz and his colleagues have peddled over the years is the claim that the evidence for the benefits of testing is “thin” (and the evidence for costs abundant). Largely in response to their claims, I several years ago published a meta-analysis of 100 years’ worth of research on the effects of testing on student achievement. I reviewed over 800 quantitative, experimental, survey, and qualitative studies. The weight of the latter two types of studies was overwhelmingly positive (e.g., 93% of qualitative studies found a positive result to a testing intervention and the average effect size for survey studies exceeded 1.0, a very high effect. The effect sizes for the quantitative and experimental studies—hundreds of mostly random assignment experiments dating back to the 1920s—ranged between moderately and highly positive.

Because I read and heard the same messages as everyone else from those prominent education researchers who receive press attention, I had expected to find clearly negative effects. Some of the most widely covered studies allegedly demonstrating that testing was, on balance, harmful were included in my meta-analysis. But also included in my meta-analysis were hundreds of studies that had received virtually no public attention. Testing experts, education practitioners, and psychologists performed most of those studies.

(True to form, not a single education journalist has ever asked me about the meta-analysis. Meanwhile, DC-based education journalists talk to anti-testing spokespersons thousands of times a year and often promote the single research studies conducted by celebrity researchers as hugely consequential to policy.)

Therein lies the chief secret of the success of the anti-testing forces in education research: they count (i.e., cite or reference) the research that reaches anti-testing conclusions and they ignore the abundance of research that contradicts. (For the few pro-testing studies that receive so much public attention they cannot simply ignore them, other information suppression methods may be used, such as dismissive reviews, tone policing, misrepresentation, or character assassination).

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The New Campus Censors

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

David Bromwich:

Three or four years ago, in the early days of campus protests against unwelcome speakers, the censors sometimes said in their own defense: “This isn’t about free speech.” The disclaimer served to lighten the burden of apology for crowd behavior that most Americans distrust. As the protesters saw it, the speakers who got shouted down or who canceled engagements under a threat of violence were opportunists of free speech. But this was apt to sound evasive. What honest intellectual forum ever subjected speakers to a test of motives?

In any case, the argument that “it isn’t really about free speech” has largely been dropped by the censors. They are now likelier to say that there never was freedom of speech, anywhere, and that we shouldn’t expect to find it in colleges. The primary duty of institutions of higher education is rather to create a space for qualified speech; and we should be aware that a wrongly chosen or unqualified speaker may stir up controversy and “stifle productive debate.” That phrase comes from a campus letter circulated by a group of Wellesley College professors after a speech by Laura Kipnis. By this logic, productive debate is to be understood as quite a different thing from open debate. But who, then, is qualified to speak on campus?

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The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Farnam Street:

Then something happens. Maybe your specialty is no longer needed or gets replaced by technology. Or perhaps you get promoted. As you go up the ranks of the organization, your specialty becomes less and less important, and yet the tendency is to hold on to it longer and longer. If it’s the only subject or skill you know better than anything else, you tend to see it everywhere. Even where it doesn’t exist.

Every problem is a nail and you just happen to have a hammer.

Only this approach doesn’t work. Because you have no idea of the big ideas, you start making decisions that don’t take into account how the world really works. These decisions ripple outward, and you have to spend time correcting your mistakes. If you’re not careful about self-reflection, you won’t learn, and you’ll make one version of the same mistakes over and over.

Should we become specialists or polymaths? Is there a balance we should pursue?

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Why Ancient Mapmakers Were Terrified of Blank Spaces

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Greg Miller:

The Indian Ocean is teeming with sea monsters in Caspar Vopel’s 1558 map of the world. A giant swordfish-like creature looks to be on a collision course with a ship, while a walrus with frighteningly large tusks emerges from the water, and a king carrying a flag rides the waves on a hog-faced beast.

Vopel, a German cartographer, left behind no explanation of why he added these things to his map, but he may have been motivated by what art historians call horror vacui, the artist’s fear of leaving unadorned spaces on their work. Chet Van Duzer, a historian of cartography, has found dozens of maps on which cartographers appear to have filled the empty spaces on their maps with non-existent mountains, monsters, cities, and other gratuitous illustrations.

Van Duzer, who presented some of his findings at a recent cartography conference at Stanford University, says that some scholars have been skeptical that this aversion to blank spaces has been an important influence on map design.

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‘Elitists, crybabies and junky degrees’ A Trump supporter explains rising conservative anger at American universities.

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Kevin Sullivan, Mary Jordan:

Frank Antenori shot the head off a rattlesnake at his back door last summer — a deadeye pistol blast from 20 feet. No college professor taught him that. The U.S. Army trained him, as a marksman and a medic, on the “two-way rifle range” of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Useful skills. Smart return on taxpayers’ investment. Not like the waste he sees at too many colleges and universities, where he says liberal professors teach “ridiculous” classes and indoctrinate students “who hang out and protest all day long and cry on our dime.”

“Why does a kid go to a major university these days?” said Antenori, 51, a former Green Beret who served in the Arizona state legislature. “A lot of Republicans would say they go there to get brainwashed and learn how to become activists and basically go out in the world and cause trouble.”

Antenori is part of an increasingly vocal campaign to transform higher education in America. Though U.S. universities are envied around the world, he and other conservatives want to reduce the flow of government cash to what they see as elitist, politically correct institutions that often fail to provide practical skills for the job market.

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A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Caitlin Dewey:

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill.

The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst — who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs — abandoned Washington for this three-acre farm in Upper Marlboro, Md.

She joined a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers who are capitalizing on booming consumer demand for local and sustainable foods and who, experts say, could have a broad impact on the food system.

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The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Puzhong Yao :

It was the summer of 2000. I was 15, and I had just finished my high school entrance exam in China. I had made considerable improvements from where I started in first grade, when I had the second- worst grades in the class and had to sit at a desk perpendicular to the blackboard so that the teacher could keep a close eye on me. I had managed to become an average student in an average school. My parents by then had reached the conclusion that I was not going anywhere promising in China and were ready to send me abroad for high school. Contrary to all expectations, however, I got the best mark in my class and my school. The exam scores were so good that I ranked within the top ten among more than 100,000 students in the whole city. My teacher and I both assumed the score was wrong when we first heard it.

As a consequence, I got into the best class in the best school in my city, and thus began the most painful year of my life. My newfound confidence was quickly crushed when I saw how talented my new classmates were. In the first class, our math teacher announced that she would start from chapter four of the textbook, as she assumed, correctly, that most of us were familiar with the first three chapters and would find it boring to go through them again. Most of the class had been participating in various competitions in middle school and had become familiar with a large part of the high school syllabus already. Furthermore, they had also grown to know each other from those years of competitions together. And here I was, someone who didn’t know anything or anyone, surrounded by people who knew more to begin with, who were much smarter, and who worked just as hard as I did. What chance did I have?

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6 takeaways from the Wisconsin’s latest school report cards

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Alan Borsuk:

What are our expectations? I fear that, overall, we set them too low for many kids’ education. Nonetheless, we’re doing a good job of meeting or exceeding expectations, as they’re defined for these reports.

More than 95% of the 420-plus school districts in Wisconsin got at least a three-star rating, also called “meets expectations.” The same was true for 82% of individual schools. You still want more three-star schools to move up to four- or five-star levels, where they “exceed expectations,” but, in general, the results offered some cheer.

Related: Madison’s long-term, disastrous reading results.

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What’s the point of sexual harassment training? Often, to protect employers.

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Lauren Edelman:

Now that we’ve had something of an awakening about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the American workplace, the conversation is shifting to what to do about it. In many workplaces, the answer seems to be that we need mandatory training and clearer policies.

That seems to be the dominant thinking on Capitol Hill. After more than 1,500 former congressional aides signed a letter calling for action, the House and Senate adopted mandatory anti-harassment training for all lawmakers and staffers. This “sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Rules Committee, said in a statement.

Unfortunately, there is little evidence that training reduces sexual harassment. Rather, training programs, along with anti-harassment policies and reporting procedures, do more to shield employers from liability than to protect employees from harassment. And the clearest message they send is to the courts: Nothing to see here, folks.

There have been only a handful of empirical studies of sexual harassment training, and the research has not established that such training is effective. Some studies suggest that training may in fact backfire, reinforcing gendered stereotypes that place women at a disadvantage.

A 2001 study of a sexual harassment program for faculty and staff at a university found, based on responses to a questionnaire, that training increased knowledge about laws pertaining to sexual harassment but had no significant positive effects on behavior. Men who participated in the training were less likely to view coercion of a subordinate as sexual harassment, less willing to report harassment and more inclined to blame the victim than were women or men who had not gone through the training.

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Civics: We’ll Be Paying For Mark Halperin’s Sins For Years To Come

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Eve Fairbanks:

Gossip: The word comes from the old English for “baptismal sponsor” — a godparent — and Halperin positioned himself as the priest who stood between the layman and the sacred mysteries of Washington, only letting a person through in exchange for the corrupting coin of accepting your own personal idiocy. It required acknowledging, like a cult initiate, that you had to learn the Master’s arcane knowledge before claiming to know anything at all.

The Note was a cult. Between bits of knowledge in each mailer, Halperin inserted birthday wishes to his gang, cementing the impression of Washington as a place where people are much more interested in buttering each other up than they are in the lives of the kind of Americans whose names Mark Halperin did not know.

As I said: Washington was my city. But it is a city for all Americans, as the seat of our democracy. For his efforts to make the city seem, instead, like a nonstop exclusive party to which almost nobody is invited, I dare say Halperin is the single journalist most responsible for Donald Trump. Think that’s too bold? Name me another.

After all, what did Trump respond to? Most of all, two things: the sense among Americans that the language of politics has become an incomprehensible jargon of the elite, and the sense that a disaster or a dramatic change that will upend everything looms at every moment — hidden from sight, but still imminent.

We have an apocalyptic politics in part because Halperin helped promote an apocalyptic approach to political coverage. It made him and his little scoops seem hugely important: that conversation he overheard between McConnell and Schumer meant everything. The title of his career-making book, 2008’s Game Change — which sold over 350,000 copies and netted him and his coauthor John Heilemann a $5 million advance for a follow-up — says everything. Politics is a game and its rules are constantly being transformed. Its intentionally hyperbolic, breathless text presented details like the fact that Obama “woke up late … and went for a haircut with his pal Marty Nesbitt” the way an ancient monarch’s courtiers used to examine his every sigh for divine omens.

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Texas Education Agency back in the headlines over special education firing

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Aliyya Swaby:

Both allegations are devastating for special education advocates and parents who had hoped for a turnaround after a Houston Chronicle investigation last year found that agency officials were denying special education services to thousands of Texas students.

“A lot of parents are feeling just very distraught and once again very betrayed by TEA,” said Cheryl Fries, co-founder of the advocacy group Texans for Special Education Reform, which was first to raise concerns about the contract this fall.

Fired after just three months on the job, Kash came to Texas from the Rainier School District in Oregon, where she was special education director. Two instructional assistants brought a civil lawsuit against her on Nov. 14, claiming she encouraged them to hide allegations of sexual abuse of a six-year-old and threatened them when they refused.

When the TEA terminated Kash, officials said she did not disclose that information during the hiring process.

“The existence of allegations of this nature, given her roles and responsibilities, prevent her from carrying out her duties effectively in Texas, and the agency has terminated Dr. Kash’s employment. Dr. Kash has no business being in charge of special education policy and programming in Texas,” TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said in a statement.

Kash denies the lawsuit’s allegations. She said TEA fired her because she had been vocally critical of a contract TEA awarded in May to the Georgia-based company SPEDx to analyze private data about how students are receiving special education services in Texas public schools. In the Nov. 21 federal complaint, Kash argued SPEDx did not qualify for a no-bid contract since other private and public entities could have provided the service. She said the TEA did not publicize its justification for awarding a no-bid contract to the company in the spring, as state law requires.

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Special education’s hidden racial gap

November 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Emmanuel Felton:

“In WI, 84% of white students in special education who exited [high school in] 2014-15 earned a traditional diploma, while just 53% of black students and 71% Latino students with disabilities did so.”

Via Chan Stroman-Roll.

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Many college students going hungry, need donated food groceries and food stamps

November 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Nanette Asimov:

A nitro cold brew sells for $5, and a large mocha for $4.50 at a popular coffee and muffin bar in UC Berkeley’s student union. Downstairs, business is just as brisk at another food emporium.

The provisions there are free.

“I’m low on funds,” shrugged Christopher, a junior, as he stuffed apple juice, a half gallon of milk, a box of peanut butter Puffin cereal and two cans of organic pinto beans and sweet corn — the UC Berkeley Food Pantry’s five-item limit — into his backpack.

Christopher, who asked that his last name not be used, said he depends on the pantry’s donated groceries to make ends meet, especially during emergencies. Someone slashed his tire last week, he said, and now he’s out $110 for a new one. Without the help, he’d have to make a choice: wheels or food.

Faced with such choices, students often skip the nutrition.

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Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by sex abuse of children

November 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Kathy Gannon:

Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

The boy had studied for a year at a nearby Islamic school in the town of Kehrore Pakka. In the blistering heat of late April, in the grimy two-room Islamic madrassa, he awoke one night to find his teacher lying beside him.

“I didn’t move. I was afraid,” he says.

The cleric lifted the boy’s long tunic-style shirt over his head, and then pulled down his baggy pants.

“I was crying. He was hurting me. He shoved my shirt in my mouth,” the boy says, using his scarf to show how the cleric tried to stifle his cries. He looks over at his mother.

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Professors Are Losing Their Freedom of Expression

November 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Howard Gillman & Erwin Chemerinsky :

With so much attention focused on whether controversial speakers such as Milo Yiannapoulos or Richard Spencer should be allowed to appear on campus, an even more basic issue has been obscured: universities punishing faculty who, outside of professional settings, express views that are considered controversial or even offensive.

There are many recent examples of this. A year ago, a University of Oregon law professor was suspended for wearing blackface at a Halloween party held at her house. Twenty-three law school faculty members wrote a letter urging the professor to resign. A campus investigation found that by wearing this costume at a party in her home she had engaged in “discriminatory harassment.” [More here]. …

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Tech billionaires spent $170 million on a new kind of school — now classrooms are shrinking and some parents say their kids are ‘guinea pigs’

November 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Melia Robinson:

Max Ventilla, a Google executive who left the search giant to launch AltSchool in 2013, wooed parents with his vision to bring traditional models of elementary education into the digital age.

AltSchool has raised $175 million from Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and others, and the startup is closing a Series C round of funding. But now some parents are bailing out of the school because they say AltSchool put its ambitions as a tech company above its responsibility to teach their children.

The startup, which launched in 2013, develops educational software and runs a network of small schools with four locations, in California and New York; two others closed their doors in the past year, and three more will close in the spring of 2018. These schools serve as testing grounds for an in-house team of technologists to work on tools for the modern classroom.

Since August, 12 parents spoke with Business Insider on the condition of anonymity, some because they worried that speaking out against AltSchool could hurt their children’s chances of being enrolled elsewhere. Six parents have withdrawn their children from AltSchool in the past year, and two others said they planned to do so as soon as they found a transfer spot at a different school. AltSchool enrolls between 30 and 100 students at each campus.

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The CPS boss apologizes for an invoice change he previously said he didn’t recall—after being shown proof of the change.

November 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Ben Jarofsky:

As Thanksgiving bombshells go, Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool’s letter of apology regarding his role in “invoicegate” isn’t anywhere near as explosive as the release of the Laquan McDonald video.

If you recall, it was on the eve of Thanksgiving in 2015 that Mayor Emanuel released the video that blew away what had until then been the official version of what happened when police gunned down 17-year-old McDonald.

A judge had ordered the video’s release, but no doubt the mayor was hoping that most of the public would be too distracted by the holidays to pay attention. Clearly that didn’t work, as protesters spent the next several weeks essentially accusing the mayor of concealing evidence of murd

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Closing Of The Canadian Academic Mind

November 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Rod Dreher:

If you have ten minutes, it would be well spent listening to this secretly recorded meeting between Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate student at Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University, and unnamed faculty and administration officials there. She was being disciplined for airing in a class a video by the controversial Canadian academic Jordan Peterson, who insists on the traditional pronoun usage “him” and “her,” and has become a pariah in Canadian academia because of it. Before the audio clip, here’s background on the story:

Apology from Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy :

I’m writing to make an apology on behalf of the university.

Through the media, we have now had the opportunity to hear the full recording of the meeting that took place at Wilfrid Laurier University.

After listening to this recording, an apology is in order. The conversation I heard does not reflect the values and practices to which Laurier aspires. I am sorry it occurred in the way that it did and I regret the impact it had on Lindsay Shepherd. I will convey my apology to her directly. Professor Rambukkana has also chosen to apologize to Lindsay Shepherd about the way the meeting was conducted.

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Nature and origins of the lexicon in 6-mo-olds

November 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Elika Bergelsona,b,1 and Richard N. Aslinb:

Infants start understanding words at 6 mo, when they also excel at subtle speech–sound distinctions and simple multimodal associations, but don’t yet talk, walk, or point. However, true word learning requires integrating the speech stream with the world and learning how words interrelate. Using eye tracking, we show that neophyte word learners already represent the semantic relations between words. We further show that these same infants’ word learning has ties to their environment: The more they hear labels for what they’re looking at and attending to, the stronger their overall comprehension. These results provide an integrative approach for investigating home environment effects on early language and suggest that language delays could be detected in early infancy for possible remediation.

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Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs

November 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Tatyana Shumsky:

Adobe Inc.’s . finance chief Mark Garrett says his team struggles keeping track of which jobs have been filled at the software company.

The process can take days and requires finance staff to pull data from disparate systems that house financial and human-resources information into Microsoft Corp.’s Excel spreadsheets. From there they can see which groups are hiring and how salary spending affects the budget.

“I don’t want financial planning people spending their time importing and exporting and manipulating data, I want them to focus on what is the data telling us,” Mr. Garrett said. He is working on cutting Excel out of this process, he said

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Singapore Math

November 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Avenues:

At Avenues, we have adopted Math in Focus, a Singapore approach, as our math curriculum in the Lower School*. So what is Singapore Math? The math we are teaching is not different math. Two plus two is still four; ten times ten is still one hundred. What is unique about the Singapore approach is the style of teaching and the student goals.

The classroom lessons begin with concrete experience. A kindergartener may use four blue blocks and three red blocks to add 4 + 3. A third grader may use groups of tens and ones counters to make four groups of fifteen in order to multiply 4 x 15. This concrete step engages students and builds deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. From the concrete stage, lessons move toward a pictorial focus. In this stage students use pictures, symbols, diagrams and other two-dimensional representations. Students learn to visualize math concepts and create representations based on the pictures in their minds.

Much more on Singapore Math, here.

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Our society is being hijacked by technology.

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Time Well Spent:

The whole system is vulnerable to manipulation.
Phones, apps, and the web are so indispensable to our daily lives—a testament to the benefits they give us—that we’ve become a captive audience. With two billion people plugged into these devices, technology companies have inadvertently enabled a direct channel to manipulate entire societies with unprecedented precision.

Technology platforms make it easier than ever for bad actors to cause havoc:

Pushing lies directly to specific zip codes, races, or religions.

Finding people who are already prone to conspiracies or racism, and automatically reaching similar users with “Lookalike” targeting.

Delivering messages timed to prey on us when we are most emotionally vulnerable (e.g., Facebook found depressed teens buy more makeup).

Creating millions of fake accounts and bots –” impersonating real people with real-sounding names and photos, fooling millions with the false impression of consensus.

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How Serving in World War II Spurred My Academic Ambition

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Kurt Lang:

I graduated from high school six weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My parents—with whom my older brother and I had emigrated from Berlin five and a half years earlier—wanted me to enroll in Queens College, one of New York City’s tuition-free schools. But high school had been too much of a bore for me. Although I earned good grades, easily making the honor roll every term, I had no taste for more of the same. Being certain that sooner or later I would be subject to the military draft, I found work in a mechanical laboratory as a toolmaker’s apprentice.

Then, in April 1943, the army sent me its greetings—even before I became an American citizen and even though I was, technically, still an enemy alien. The army expedited my naturalization two months after I was inducted.

My first 18 months of military service were uninspiring. Donning the uniform did not fill me with pride, nor did the experience alter my perspective on life. What basic training had taught me was that the best way to get by was to stay out of sight. The army, more than the other branches of the military, was undergoing a massive expansion in a short time. Too many of its newly minted officers were apt to assert their military status by yelling commands and threatening any laggards instead of leading by example. This was particularly true of the infantry, in which I, along with thousands of others, landed when the army abruptly canceled the “specialized training” I was undergoing.

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Stanford trained AI to diagnose pneumonia better than a radiologist in just two months~

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave Gershgorn:

There’s a clear trend that having more data makes it easier to train artificial intelligence. Bigger datasets, like ImageNet, originally showed that AI could be useful for tasks like image recognition, leading to a race among everyone from large technology companies to academics to compile new datasets to stretch the limits of AI.

Now, a new paper from Stanford University shows just how fast a new dataset could be used to train artificial intelligence algorithms to the point of near-human accuracy. Using 100,000 x-ray images released by the National Institutes of Health on Sept. 27, the research published Nov. 14 (without peer review) on the website ArXiv claims its AI can detect pneumonia from x-rays with similar accuracy to four trained radiologists.

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Secrets of the U.S. Puzzle Championship

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Matt Matros:

Wordstar, Nurikabe, Double Minesweeper, and the rest of the puzzles in this year’s U.S. Puzzle Championship (USPC) were kept under tight security until the last possible instant. At precisely 1 p.m. EST on May 17, a password was released to open the protected file, and this year’s contestants had a frantic 150 minutes in front of them—printing out puzzles, penciling in solutions, and hoping to submit results to the server before time expired. The test, which determined who would compete for the American team at the World Puzzle Championships (WPC) in London, was challenging even for experts, but it was also eagerly anticipated by amateur enthusiasts. 2,180 hopefuls registered for the USPC and downloaded the puzzles, but only 273 submitted answers. Some people were surely in it for the competitive glory, but it seems most were in it for fun—a familiar dichotomy that’s hardly unique to puzzling.

I’ve always loved puzzles. They combine the joy of revelation with the satisfaction of effort rewarded. Nothing tops the epiphany of realizing that the 9 in the corner of the Sudoku means the middle square can’t be a 4. It feels like magic. And when that final square is filled in, the untold minutes spent in intense focus, locked out from the rest of the world, become justified. I once got an email from the director of a Sudoku tournament wishing me many “nice moments” with the puzzles. Nice moments—to me that’s what solving is about.

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There’s a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Josh Marshall:

Yesterday I appeared on a panel about digital publishers who are ‘pivoting to video’. I’ve written about this before. But in case you’re new to it, there have been numerous cases over the last six months to a year in which digital publishers have announced either major job cuts or in some cases literally fired their entire editorial teams in order to ‘pivot to video.’ The phrase has almost become a punchline since, as I’ve argued, there is basically no publisher in existence involved in any sort of news or political news coverage who says to themselves, my readers are demanding more of their news on video as opposed to text. Not a single one. The move to video is driven entirely by advertiser demand.

What crystallized for me from this and other discussions I had yesterday is that we’re actually in the midst of a digital news media crash, only no one is willing to say it. I’ve noted before that digital news media in the midst of a monetization crisis. But it’s more than that. It’s a full blown crash.

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It’s Basic Math: Spending – Revenue = Deficit

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Concord Coalition:

The federal budget is an expression of our country’s values. What we choose to spend money on and how much we spend, who we tax and how we collect, and the borrowing we engage in to make up the difference between the two, all reflect the basic math of national priorities.

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The Complete Moral Bankruptcy of Manipulating Human Psychology To Turn Users Into Addicts

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Kaplan:

Given that some (all?) of your income comes from teaching software makers how to leverage BJ Fogg’s discoveries on behavioral psychology for fun and profit, you must surely be one of the least qualified people to define the moral guidelines around the subject of digital psychological manipulation.

Your essay on The Morality of Manipulation is so profoundly detached from even a basic understanding of human nature and the reality of self-interest that I’m still not sure whether or not you are trolling us.

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New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Kevin Hartnett:

In 1847, Gabriel Lamé proved Fermat’s Last Theorem. Or so he thought. Lamé was a French mathematician who had made many important discoveries. In March of that year he sensed he’d made perhaps his biggest: an elegant proof of a problem that had rebuffed the most brilliant minds for more than 200 years.

His method had been hiding in plain sight. Fermat’s Last Theorem, which states that there are no positive integer solutions to equations of the form an + bn = cn if n is greater than 2, had proved to be intractable. Lamé realized that he could prove the theorem if he just expanded his number system to include a few exotic values.

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No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dan Goodin:

If you have the uncomfortable sense someone is looking over your shoulder as you surf the Web, you’re not being paranoid. A new study finds hundreds of sites—including microsoft.com, adobe.com, and godaddy.com—employ scripts that record visitors’ keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior in real time, even before the input is submitted or is later deleted.

Session replay scripts are provided by third-party analytics services that are designed to help site operators better understand how visitors interact with their Web properties and identify specific pages that are confusing or broken. As their name implies, the scripts allow the operators to re-enact individual browsing sessions. Each click, input, and scroll can be recorded and later played back.

A study published last week reported that 482 of the 50,000 most trafficked websites employ such scripts, usually with no clear disclosure. It’s not always easy to detect sites that employ such scripts. The actual number is almost certainly much higher, particularly among sites outside the top 50,000 that were studied.

“Collection of page content by third-party replay scripts may cause sensitive information, such as medical conditions, credit card details, and other personal information displayed on a page, to leak to the third-party as part of the recording,” Steven Englehardt, a PhD candidate at Princeton University, wrote. “This may expose users to identity theft, online scams, and other unwanted behavior. The same is true for the collection of user inputs during checkout and registration processes.”

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Beijing blamed for blocking Japanese students’ speech

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Asahi Shimbun:

High school students acting as peace ambassadors attend a disarmament conference held at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva on Aug. 22. They were not allowed to give their speech against nuclear weapons. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

China blocked Japanese high school students acting as peace ambassadors from giving their annual anti-nuclear weapons speech at a U.N. disarmament event, according to Japanese government sources.

Beijing requested that Tokyo stop the students from delivering the speech at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, the sources said.

It is the first time the anti-nuclear speech has not been delivered since it started in August 2014.

Twenty-two senior high school students attended the event after being chosen by the Japanese Foreign Ministry as special youth diplomats.

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Attica: It’s Worse Than We Thought

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Heather Ann Thompson :

Last year I published a book, “Blood in the Water,” that offered the first comprehensive account of the uprising at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility in 1971 and its legacy. Though this protest against systematic abuse and abysmal living conditions — in which nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the facility, and law enforcement ultimately shot 128 men, killing 39 — was a cultural and political touchstone of the 1970s, much of the story was covered up. Attica is a public institution, but its records are not easily accessible. With no statute of limitations on murder, state officials had much to protect.

So I had to dig, for 13 years, to uncover what had really happened. But even more than a decade of research didn’t turn up everything.

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What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Meg Jay:

Does early hardship in life keep children from becoming successful adults? It’s an urgent question for parents and educators, who worry that children growing up in difficult circumstances will fail to reach their full potential, or worse, sink into despair and dysfunction.

Social scientists have shown that these risks are real, but they also have found a surprising pattern among those whose early lives included tough times: Many draw strength from hardship and see their struggle against it as one of the keys to their later success. A wide range of studies over the past few decades has shed light on how such people overcome life’s adversities—and how we might all cultivate resilience as well.

In 1962, the psychologist Victor Goertzel and his wife, Mildred, published a book called “Cradles of Eminence: A Provocative Study of the Childhoods of Over 400 Famous Twentieth-Century Men and Women.” They selected individuals who had had at least two biographies written about them and who had made a positive contribution to society. Their subjects ranged from Louis Armstrong, Frida Kahlo and Marie Curie to Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller.

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Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence?

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Brendan O’Neill:

I want to praise Jeremy Piven. That’s a risky thing to do, I know. Piven is one of Those Men. One of those big entertainment figures who has fingers pointed at him. He has joined Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and many others in facing accusations that he abused his power to sexually abuse women.

Yet Piven has also issued a principled statement that should give pause to all those taking pleasure in the #MeToo movement’s instant-destruction of men’s careers.

After describing the accusations against him as “absolutely false,” Piven laments the fact that “allegations are being printed as facts” and “lives are being put in jeopardy without a hearing, due process or evidence.” He wonders what happened to “the benefit of the doubt.” To “tear each other down and destroy careers based on mere allegations is not productive at all,” he says.

He’s right. In defending himself, Piven is also defending one of the core principles of an advanced society: the presumption of innocence.

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Gov. Scott Walker, AG Brad Schimel block Tony Evers from getting his own attorney

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Patrick Marley:

Superintendent Evers should welcome greater accountability at (his Department of Public Instruction), not dodge it,” Evenson said in his email. “It’s not politics, it’s the law.”

The lawsuit centers on the powers of Evers. It was brought Monday by two teachers and members of the New London and Marshfield school boards, represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.

The group filed its case directly with the state Supreme Court, which last year ruled Evers had more power and independence than the heads of other state agencies.

The group argues the Department of Public Instruction is ignoring a new law that its backers say is meant to keep rules written by state agencies in check. The law, which took effect in September, says state agencies must run the scope of state rules past Walker’s Department of Administration before putting them into place.

Such rules are written to carry out state laws and include more details than the laws themselves.

Evers’ department issued rules this fall without first going to the Department of Administration. That’s because a divided state Supreme Court ruled last year that Evers did not have to abide by a similar law governing administrative rules because he is an independently elected official under the state constitution.

The latest lawsuit essentially asks the state’s high court to revisit that earlier ruling.

Much more on Wisconsin DPI Superintendent Tony Evers, here.

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K-12 Tax & Spending Climate: The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Conor Friedersdorf :

In most states, a person who desires to install home-entertainment systems for a living, or as a part-time gig for extra cash, faces relatively few barriers to entry. This is work teenagers routinely do for grandparents after they make a technology purchase. But in Connecticut, a home-entertainment installer is required to obtain a license from the state before serving customers. It costs applicants $185. To qualify, they must have a 12th-grade education, complete a test, and accumulate one year of apprenticeship experience in the field. A typical aspirant can expect the licensing process to delay them 575 days.

These figures are drawn from License to Work, a report released this week by the Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm that has sued state governments on behalf of numerous small-business owners and members of the working class who’ve faced unduly onerous obstacles while trying to earn a living.

Occupational-licensing obstacles are much more common than they once were. “In the 1950s, about one in 20 American workers needed an occupational license before they could work in the occupation of their choice,” the report states. “Today, that figure stands at about one in four.” These requirements are at their most reasonable when regulating occupations such as anesthesiologist or airline pilot, as in those instances, they can mostly affect a privileged class.

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More Than 100 Universities And Colleges Included In Offshore Leaks Database

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Sasha Chavkin, Emilia Díaz-Struck and Cecile S. Gallego:

Hidden in the 25,000 offshore entities we added to the Offshore Leaks Database today are some of the world’s most prestigious universities and colleges.

ICIJ and its partners found more than 100 educational institutions in offshore law firm Appleby’s client database, which was part of the Paradise Papers leaks.

Some of these elite institutions hold tens of billions of dollars in their endowments, and in the eyes of the law, they are treated as charities: altruistic, mission-driven and tax-exempt.

The only time university endowments pay taxes is when they invest in debt-financed financial firms such as private equity funds and hedge funds. These investments are considered a business activity unrelated to their tax-exempt missions.

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Why America Loses Every War It Starts

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Harlan Ullman:

Most Americans believe that their military is the finest in the world, a belief well-founded by several measures. Yet if the U.S. military were a sports team, based on its record in war and when called upon to defend the nation since World War II, it would be ranked in the lowest divisions.