Education

Blocking Teens is Not the Answer

“Researchers looked at 74 Android mobile apps and found that 89 percent of the security features on the apps focus on parental control by blocking and monitoring teens’ online activities. Only 11 percent support teens’ ability to regulate their own behavior. In other words, most of the apps don’t encourage parents and teens to talk about their shared social media values. And that may be a missed opportunity.”

From a recent NPR piece about how apps allow parents to manage content by blocking it rather than teaching teens how to make smarter decisions.

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The saddest statistic

New data shows that suicide attempts by middle school aged children is on the rise:

“There’s a perception that children don’t kill themselves, but that’s just not true. A new report shows that, for the first time, suicide rates for U.S. middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes.”

As a society, this problem should be a priority for our time, effort, and funding.

Education

NDT Thrashes Schools

“I blame the education system that can graduate someone into adulthood who cannot tell the difference between what is and is not true about this world”

Neil Degrasse Tyson explaining why flat earthers are still a thing.  Seems a little harsh, but it does inspire me to provide better professional development to science teachers, and help to explain that some ideas are very well supported by data… even if you don’t understand it.

Education, Science

Better Abstracts for Better Science Literacy

“What if the article abstracts, laced with big words and jargon, were rewritten to a level where most people could understand; an abstract 2.o if you will? By reading a short summary of the work, anyone who wanted to know could actually understand the problem studied and the results. Maybe more importantly, the reader would not have to rely on interpretations of the research from popular media sources that have higher priorities than educating the public.”

LOVE this idea from Matt Russell about making more easily digestible abstracts for scientific journals.  I guess this is what science reporters do now, but only for selected research.