Category Archives: Education

looking at art and creating it

How to Teach Your Children to Care about Art: To start, it’s a cornerstone of art education programs to cultivate a symbiotic relationship between looking at art and creating it. In museums, it’s become standard practice for educators to develop art-making programs that engage audiences with the works in a current exhibition or permanent collection. […]

makes people uncomfortable

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From School in Mississippi: Eighth graders in Biloxi, Miss., will no longer be required to read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality and the civil rights movement that has been taught in countless classrooms and influenced generations of readers. Kenny Holloway, the vice president […]

Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain: Dr. Oakley is not the only person teaching students how to use tools drawn from neuroscience to enhance learning. But her popularity is a testament to her skill at presenting the material, and also to the course’s message of hope. Many of her online students are […]

Martin Scorsese, Rejected

Cardinal Hayes is a high school in the Bronx, and after a year of minor seminary — a tryout for the priesthood; once a regular stop for bright Catholic boys of limited means — Scorsese went there. (Don DeLillo, the novelist, was a few years ahead.) Rejected by Fordham University because of poor grades, Scorsese […]

My Newsletter: Mikey Likes It

Imagine if, when you checked your email, it wasn’t all junk. Imagine if there was a message you looked forward to getting every week. This the goal with my new newsletter, Mikey Likes It. It goes out every Tuesday morning. Here’s the first one that went out this past Tuesday. What motivated me to start […]

Students Rethink iTunes

[… ] when one of your flagship software applications is assigned in schools as a case in feature bloat, it’s crossed some threshold for acceptability. —Khoi Vinh on the rethinking of iTunes by the students of Fachhochschule Potsdam The student redesigns can be seen here. It’s student work, so they’re not all winning designs but […]

“The argument that art or culture is valuable only when it is monetised is a dangerous one.”

Art schools are at the forefront of the sustained attack on humanities that Marina Warner has written so brilliantly about. One of the slogans of those occupying Central Saint Martins is simply this: “We’re an art school not a business.” Languages, humanities, social sciences and particularly arts are subject to huge losses in funding and […]

They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.*

THE best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken. We expect each generation to do better, but, currently, more young American men have less education (29 percent) than their parents than have more education (20 percent). Among young Americans whose parents didn’t graduate from high […]

Focus, Kids.

No more laptops in Clay Shirky’s classroom: Over the years, I’ve noticed that when I do have a specific reason to ask everyone to set aside their devices (‘Lids down’, in the parlance of my department), it’s as if someone has let fresh air into the room. The conversation brightens, and more recently, there is […]

Origins: The Database Icon

I’ve been creating an icon system this week for my company. One of the icons we need is for a database. Doing a quick search on The Noun Project (or Google Images) reveals what you’ll get: a stack of cylinders. If you’re old enough to remember the spinning disk drives that came before solid state […]