Author Archives: linsee

About linsee

Linda Seebach retired in 2007 from the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where she was an editorial writer and columnist.

Kindle talk, with touches of autism

So my son Peter and I were noodling back and forth by e-mail, as we do now and again when some vagrant idea catches our fancy, and along the way it occurred to me that there were some points that … Continue reading

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Simplified spelling — don’t go there

Over at Kitchen Table Math, Catherine Johnson has recently written in favor of simplifying English spelling. She asks: Suppose you simplified spelling so that written English became a perfectly transparent writing system like Spanish. It would be obvious to one … Continue reading

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Galloping human evolution II

Greg Cochran and Henry Harpending have a new book out, The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution. It expands on a paper they and others published last year, which I wrote about then. The book’s website has a … Continue reading

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Fun with Click and Jane

Virginia Heffernan writes a media column for The New York Times, and last week’s, titled “Click and Jane,” asks “What are kids learning to read when they learn to read online?” The question was prompted, she tells us, by her … Continue reading

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She’s Geeky

That’s the name of a series of conferences,  the most recent of which just concluded in Mountain View, Calif. The site describes the intended audience: She’s Geeky events are neutral, face-to-face gathering spaces for women who like to geek out. … Continue reading

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Tea’d-up outrage

 A woman who writes a monthly fluff’n’stuff column for The Denver Post’s Lifestyle section, Kristen Browning-Blas, delivered herself this week of a Meaningful Protest Against Racism. To set the stage she now sees herself taking, she invokes not only Gandhi … Continue reading

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Heterogeneous classes

Catherine Johnson at Kitchen Table Math posted a link to research about the long-term effects on children who are placed in mixed-ability classes far ahead of their level. Years later, they are more likely to be depressed. From Science News: … Continue reading

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Pay(b)ack

The news agency Reuters posted a story the day after the inauguration claiming: “President Barack Obama’s inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more … Continue reading

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Differentiated instruction

Joanne Jacobs recently posted a link to a news story about how much California teachers make. The comment thread drew predictable responses from teachers who don’t make that much, or who think it’s only reasonable for how hard they work, … Continue reading

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Goldin, Katz and fans

(Cross-posted at Kitchen Table Math, the Sequel) Goldin and Katz make two largely correct diagnostic points in The Race Between Education and Technology; that the United States got a significant head start on economic development because it expanded access to … Continue reading

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