What We're Reading This Week: April 13, 2018

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

The Atlantic

“[Indiana University Professor Polly] Husmann says the most important thing, for anyone looking to learn something new, is just to really focus on the material—that’s what the most successful students from her study did.”


Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

The Atlantic

“The root of the problem is the way schools teach reading. The current instructional approach, [a panel of experts] agreed, is based on assumptions about how children learn that have been disproven by research over the last several decades—research that the education world has largely failed to heed.”


What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For

The New York Times

“We, the Arlee Warriors, are dedicating this divisional tournament to all the families that have fallen victim to the loss of a loved one due to the pressures of life … Remember, you are the future … Please help us share this message and join our team as we battle against suicide.”


Q&A With Ebony Elizabeth Thomas: Why Children Need More Diverse Books

Penn GSE Newsroom

“The ways in which we are misrepresented, are marginalized, or deleted vary according to our identities, but all youth-focused narratives that enter popular culture should be more representative. It’s not just kids of color, kids from the margins who need diverse literature and media. It’s all kids who need all stories about all kinds of people.” 


Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Winds Down Despite Lawmakers’ Failure to Meet Demands

The Washington Post

“Instead of a walkout, the union and school districts across the state have said they plan to send delegations of teachers to Oklahoma City to keep the pressure on lawmakers. Teachers and their supporters have also promised to push education issues to the forefront of November elections, when the state chooses a new governor.”

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