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…not if you consider history as something alive that can live and breathe and bleed.

We should speak of it as an attack on history, which it was. This was the church founded by Denmark Vesey, who planned a slave revolt in 1822. Vesey was convicted in a secret trial in which many of the witnesses testified after being tortured. After they hung him, a mob burned down the church he built. His sons rebuilt it. On Wednesday night, someone turned it into a slaughter pen.

We should speak of it as an assault on the idea of a political commonwealth, which is what it was. And we should speak of it as one more example of all of these, another link in a bloody chain of events that reaches all the way back to African wharves and Southern docks. It is not an isolated incident, not if you consider history as something alive that can live and breathe and bleed.

Source: Charleston Shooting: Speaking the Unspeakable, Thinking the Unthinkable

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APP That Can Predict GPA

A Dartmouth faculty member has produced an APP that monitors student behavior – study time, partying, sleeping, exercise, etc. – to determine what a student’s GPA will be at the end of the semester.  As far as I can tell, the APP has not been released to the public, but some of the take away points is that high performing students tend to limit conversations at the end of the semester and spend more time studying than partying.

Source: StudentLife Study

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History of Eductional Accountability

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.

Source: Education reformers have it all wrong: Accountability from above never works, great teaching always does – Salon.com

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Using Team-Based Inquiry to Teach Research Skills in the Humanities

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.

Source: Trying Team-Based Inquiry to Teach Research Skills in the Humanities | GradHacker | InsideHigherEd

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Technology and Higher Education

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.

Source: Why Technology Will Never Fix Education – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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