Stories Worth Reading

Another, perhaps, unintended consequence from the Washington Post: How millions of kids are being shaped by know-it-all voice assistants.

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I thought I had written this up before but I cannot locate it and since this article appeared on Dec 7, 2016: vhs-cs, the memory returned. I was at AB and my counterpart in Hudson called my office and left a message asking me to call back. I was totally booked until the next morning and when I did call him, he said it was too late. He already started the planning for the Virtual High School and APS/AB could not be a founder. Of course, I did get to know most of the people who guided the work for the next few years and the rest is history.

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I heard Mayim Bialik speak at a conference a few years ago. The physicist watches “Big Bang Theory” regularly and for a while so did I. But this newspaper article memorializes the experience in the typical modern American way…an aspect of merchandising:big-bangs-brainy-bialik-is-new-face-of-fisher-prices-stem-focused-toys-business-the-buffalo-news. Even the title of the article is a reflection of today’s world.

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The Globe Magazine section of September 28, 2014 has a story about Boston’s higher ed students which includes the statistic that 26.6% of foreign students at Boston area schools from 2008 to 2012 enrolled in STEM studies.

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Read about a Japanese cherry tree’s seeds that orbited the earth (Coming soon) and how much more quickly they grow.