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Compendium of Links #46

I've just finished a week that felt like it passed me by in a day. That must be what adulthood feels like.

When an adult took a standardized test intended for children... and failed miserably. I'm sorry, but if I'm to judge by the questions offered in the mini-tests that accompany that blog post, this person who's ostensibly an education expert should be required to retake basic grade-school math. Seriously. I may not agree myself that standardized testing is the optimal way to gauge students' learning, but this is not the argument I'd use against it!

17 problems only book lovers will understand. Like: "1. When someone asks you what your favorite book is and expects you to pick just one."

Why David McCullough still types all his books on a typewriter (or, at least, did in 1991):
People say, But with a computer you could go so much faster. Well, I don’t want to go faster. If anything, I should go slower. I don’t think all that fast.'

Can smart economics turn us into better parents? The Atlantic magazine suggests that in-home visits, rather than programs designed to minimize the home's influence (i.e. early childhood education, longer school days, after-school programs), would be a better way to improve the lot of disadvantaged children. Kind of like teaching the parent to fish rather than giving the kid all the fish they need (and bypassing the parent in the process).

Where America came from: The Daily Mail in the U.K. presents a map showing the predominant ancestry of residents in every county in these great United States. It's pretty interesting to see.

There's a family that shuns technologies introduced after 1986, which in some respects sounds like a good idea; however I prefer the maxim, "everything in moderation," and would rather retain some of the habits of 1986 (such as playing outside) rather than holding onto the physical technologies of the era.

A writer condensed everything you need to know about personal finances onto a 4x6 index card!
How about that? But it does require understanding some terminology.

Every sci-fi starship ever (almost) put into ONE size-comparison chart!

Why do we say "God told me..."? From the post on Gospel Coalition (the whole is worth the read):
Sometimes if we dig deep we realize we speak this way because we want to impresses others with our close connection to God and make sure they know we've consulted with him on the matter at hand. Another reason may be that to say, "God told me . . ." can prove useful to us. If you've asked me to teach children's Sunday school this fall, it sounds far more spiritual and makes it far more difficult for you to challenge me if I say that God told me I need to sit in adult Sunday school with my husband than if I simply say that I don't want to or have decided not to teach.
And for your musical and nerdy enjoyment: I present an earworm, of the good kind!

"I shall be a geek when I am utterly antique..."


Abby said…
I object, that is not nearly almost all the sci-fi starships....

Where do you even FIND these music videos?
Sarah said…
On what grounds do you base your objection?

This particular one came off of the Whovians Facebook group I belong to. :D

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