- What the most boring test in the world tells us about motivation and IQ. - Slate Magazine Paul Tough on motivation studies
- In Socrates' Wake: 'Pick your best work' Set several assignments, and allow students to put forward their best for summative assessment...
- John Kay - The law that explains the folly of bank regulation On targets distorting goals--applies to education just as much as to banking.
- Our Asian schooling infatuation: the problem of PISA envy "Our"=Australian, but still an interesting piece.
- The Perfectly Fried Egg (NYTimes) Not only a load of pretentious foody bullsh**t, but up to slide five, it is the prose the rest of us have been speaking for centuries.
- Thomas Szasz has left the building (Mind Hacks) and also Anti-Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz Dies at 92 A marmite figure if ever there was one. It's clear what he was against, but less clear what he was for.
- Heist at the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve (Wired.com) I'm not surprised; the retail price in the UK has more than doubled in a year.
A History of the World since 1300 (Coursera): Just a reminder that the MOOC has started. I'd be interested to hear from anyone taking it.