Social structure affects collective memory; or, why fake news is such a big problem
“memory convergence is more likely to occur within social groups than between them — an important finding in light of survey data suggesting that 62% of US adults get their news from social media, where group membership is often obvious and reinforced”
How Facebook fake news and friends are warping your memory
So we need to counter groupthink
“a certain amount of contrarianism can go a long way”
There really was a liberal media bubble https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/there-really-was-a-liberal-media-bubble/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
Another method of fighting groupthink: When diverse groups interact, everybody ends up smarter and healthier
“The researchers conclude that society would be better off if governments promoted more interaction between groups. They point to public housing and school districting policies as ways to encourage such mixing.”
When diverse groups interact, everybody ends up smarter and healthier
People who don’t have regular interactions with others who are different are the most afraid of others who are different
How a Sleepy German Suburb Explains Europe’s Rising Far-Right Movements
Does diversity strain—or develop—solidarity?
“You might argue that this just goes to show that diversity strains solidarity. Or you might argue that, because we need solidarity, we must learn to recognize America in other accents, other complexions, other kitchen aromas.”
Why does Donald Trump demonize cities?
Reading failure cuts across subgroups
“These staggering numbers of failed reading proficiency underscore our nation’s massive collective failure to effectively teach literacy and build verbal proficiency across all races. It also shatters the accepted truth that racism is the sole or even primary cause of low proficiency rates among all Americans.”
White kids can’t read, either (and other unacknowledged truths)
Shakespeare received a classical education. Maybe that’s what fueled his creative mastery.
Daisy Christodoulou examines the type of curriculum and pedagogy Shakespeare would have been exposed to. Perhaps drilling and memorization centered on a core body of knowledge are not such horrifying things, after all.
Shakespeare and creative education
Just as privatization has ensured that dentistry remains separate from a larger system that would better serve all students, privatizing schools. . .
“Private organized dentistry protects the marketplace for care and the power of private practitioners to provide it but that leaves a lot of people out.”
Why Dentistry Is Separate From Medicine
Unreal. But oh so real
Corey Stewart advocates for Confederate flags, statues at Roanoke rally
Corey Stewart Advocates for Confederate Flags and Statues at Roanoke Rally
Time to drop the term ‘microaggressions’?
“The scientific evidence for microaggressions is weak and we should drop the term, argues review author.”
“Lilienfeld also suggests we all consider putting aside the word microaggression in favour of “perceived racial slight’”
The scientific evidence for microaggressions is weak and we should drop the term, argues review author
Physical infrastructure requires long-term vision
“Basic physical infrastructure is like that. It requires long-term vision and patient capital — think horizons of 10 years or more, rather than two or three. In return, investments in basic infrastructure will pay steady, reliable returns until the sun explodes. And the spillovers from those investments in terms of economic growth and social justice for everyone in a community are routinely extraordinary.”
Google Fiber Was Doomed From the Start
Empiricism and Vouchers
“Post Trump and De Vos, I see plenty of commentators and researchers reporting “vouchers don’t raise test scores” and virtually no “vouchers increase parental satisfaction.” Is that empiricism? In isolation, maybe. In terms of reflecting the broader spirit of science, not so much. It is also not humility.”
Marilyn Rhames on why she wants vouchers as a parent