Interesting story on how the educational accountability movement began in the progressive era and why teachers have not been able to resist or stand up to it. The author, however, suggests that higher education has been able to resist the accountability movement, but anyone involved in reaccreditation at a college or university knows that isn’t true anymore.
Spotify is going to begin hosting streaming videos and podcasts alongside music. I’m not sure I like this change in focus. Hopefully it doesn’t mess up how they provide music.
Interesting story from Inside Higher Education about a way of teaching research skills in the Humanities. The inquiry approach is something I could see using in Historiography, not sure about team-based research though.by
Great Chronicle of Higher Education piece about how technology can not address inequalities in education, because it does not have the power to inspire the motivation that students require to succeed. Moreover, technology without a trained and dedicated instructor also fails to achieve highest of outcomes.
Very interesting story about the grade level of the lyrics in popular music. Country comes out looking pretty good and so does Nickelback (?!?!). It’s hard to argue with the data – although I would really like to.
“Takeoff: The Oral History of Nirvana’s Crossover Moment,” is an interesting group of quotes from underground bands of the 1990s about Nirvana and the Nevermind Album.by
This interesting story, “How We Discovered Three Revolutions of American Pop,” marks 1964, 1983, and 1991 as the most important turning points in rock music.by
Here is another story about how streaming music is changing the basic economics of the music business. Kelsey McKinney’s “If you want to use music, you’ve got to pay for it: Music’s crisis, and how to fix it,” provides some new insight in the music and technology.by