Blue Serials (3/27/16)
Politics Make Me Tired
I'm certain that's a large part of why many otherwise productive, caring people in our worlds don't seem to get involved or vote their convictions more often.
We may be participating in some noble, time-honored practice when we inform ourselves about candidates and legislation and mark those little ballots time and again, but it feels very much like we're tearing off pieces of ourselves and our loved ones to sacrfice to the cruel gods of democracy, in hopes they will be kinder to us in the coming season.
BUT (and I have a BIG BUT) - there are still some wonderful things being woven among the interwebbing which you simply must not miss. Bursts of enlightenment and edu-bloggery which will make your day richer, your attitude better, and any elitism you may manifest a bit more justified.
Stuff You Shouldn't Miss From The Past Week Few Weeks Month in Edu-Everything:
A Touch of History w/ Modern Relevance...
How Female Computers Mapped the Universe and Brought America to the Moon - Natalie Zarrelli on Atlas Obscura shares the story of how women at Harvard Observatory were gathered to do the 'boring clerical work' of deciphering endless reams of data and translating complex mathematics into a better understanding of the universe. Yes, it's history - but it's also Women in #STEM, it's gender studies, it's rather motivational/inspirational/celebrational, and - icing on the brownies, here - it's a helluva good read and there aren't too many big words.
Follow @nataliezar on the Twittering. She's a new one to me, but I'm already a fan. Plus, I think she owns a bunny.
Samuel Pepys Checks His Smartphone... er. Watch, 1665 - Isabella Bradford, on Two Nerdy History Girls. "So even though all that Pepys's watch could to was tell the hour, he still couldn't help but check it repeatedly - and ostentatiously - throughout the day in a very smartphone manner..." This is a short, fun read that still leaves you feeling smarter at the end. Follow @2nerdyhistgirls on Twitter and discover how entertaining getting smart can be.
Christian Shaw: Satan's Victim or Demon Seed? - This tale, brought to us by Strange Company, should sound familiar to anyone who's read in any detail about the Salem Witchcraft Trials, although it's a different case entirely. I find it particularly fascinating because of the difficulty in determining which parts are malicious, which are mental illness, which are childish hysteria, and which are simply... inexplicable. The protagonist is a young lady of what today would be Middle School age, and the dilemmas of those involved won't be entirely unfamiliar to anyone trying to decipher young people today - even those not possessed by evil spirts.
Follow @HorribleSanity via the Twitter app of your choice. You never know what you'll experience as a result.
The Victorian Easter Bunny - Mimi Matthews on her self-tltled blog does a nice little bit on bunnies with eggs. And yeah, I mostly included this one because it's Easter and it's a good read. Actually, most everything @MimiMatthewsEsq shares is a good read, so go follow her on the Twitters.
RELATED NOTE: In case it's not obvious - KEEP YOUR EASTER BUNNIES FICTIONAL. Rabbits are fragile, high-maintenance creatures who make horrible gifts for children. I love mine, but they ARE NOT TOYS. For those of you looking for worthwhile organizations to support, she has a nice pitch for the House Rabbit Society at the end of the piece. I have first-hand experience with this organization and they are quality through-and-through.
And The Bestest Edu-Bloggery...
I confess it's all the more enjoyable, then, when he says so succinctly, so poignantly, and so powerfully, what I've tried so poorly to express for years. Bonus points for using the Violent Femmes effectively.
Follow @plthomasEdD on Twitter and be challenged with me.
One Right Answer - Peter Greene, on Curmudgucation, ponders the absurdity of preparing students for a complicated and ever-changing world by requiring them to guess what version of 'CORRECT' is being mandated from on high THIS time.
Follow the sometimes-complicated and often correct (but never mandated) @palan57 on the Twittering and let him provoke your thoughts regularly.
When Bias is a Crayon - Molly Tansey on Young Teachers Collective. I don't even want to ruin this one by trying to do a proper teaser. Just... trust me. Go read it. Then, after you've processed it in the intended way, read it again and see how many other poignant and pithy realities are woven through it - intentionally or not.
My #OklaEd peeps have been busy fighting the insanity of another legislative session, but I have no doubt they'll be prominently featured next weekend for a variety of brilliant outbursts. Until then, my adored and adorable colleagues - GET INVOLVED and GET MAGNETS.