1. An interesting view of 1963, seeing the events as news rather than as history.
2. Links to Slate’s article, with video, of the Russian meteor.
3. This article contains a cool “Sam and Friends” video between early-Kermit and what sounds like proto-Dr. Teeth.
4. A continuing discussion of “opaque poetry” at The Dish.
7. An open letter from some Chicago teachers to U.S. Education Secretary Duncan.
8. Making a curriculum less about facts and more about teaching the process of finding new ideas.
9. As I read this post about the unhealthful effects of arbitrary-defined dog-breed standards, I started thinking about an analogy to the ill-effects of arbitrarily defined curricular standards. (Of course, the analogy breaks down — I’m not suggesting that the Common Core may lead to increased hip dysplasia — but that we may end up with students who are analogously powerful in some areas and weak in others, the unintended consequences.)