The post is a day late because, happily, I was much too busy today for it to cross my mind. The central Vancouver library downtown (seven stories high!) was having a large book sale today that I spent an entire afternoon scavenging with a friend. By the end of the day, we were so broke that we had to pool our change to split a cheap dinner on the run… and so tired of staring at print that we hid our purchases in the park and fooled around the beach until past sunset (and actually gained lots of attention for acting so utterly weird – that’s us!). By and by a fun and exhausting day downtown.
But anyway, this week’s linkage is much smaller and less varied than last week’s. It was a pretty quiet week in the news.
Religion: U.S. Divorce Rates (among faith groups)
ReligiousTolerance.org put up some interesting statistics about divorce rates among religions. Guess which group has the lowest rate… atheists and agnostics! Honestly, I’m not surprised. The study is worth a look.
Health/Neurology: Pas de Deux of Sexuality is Written in the Genes (New York Times)
An argument that the brain structure of women automatically sets their sexual orientation as neutral. I’ve read a similar study in the past that proved all women were bisexual by default (straight or gay by choice), but this was much more interesting and informative.
Education: No Assignments. No Tests. No Grades. (Seattle Times)
WOW. This school in Bothell, WA, actually has zero structure. Students show up and do whatever they want. They can waste their day playing computer games or talking, or study on their own… there are no classes unless the students organize them, and the staff will only help if asked. Can an anarchy-based school actually work?
Sociology (?): Pearls Before Breakfast (Washington Post)
Okay, this article was just really cool – if a bit long. It was a great experiment, with (if you commute by public transit every day or live in a big city) predictable yet astonishing results. The Post arranged for one of the greatest violinists in the world – one who could easily work for $1000 an hour, playing a multi-million dollar Stradivarius – to play to a rush hour crowd in front of a subway station. How much would this famous violinist earn? How many people would stop? Those were the questions, and the results, well…
Education: If We Taught English the Way We Teach Mathematics…
Scary… with a point.
Web 2.0/Blogging: Would You Read Your Own Blog?
Well, would you? Some questions to ask yourself about your blog and its content.
It was a quiet week, indeed.