"During the Civil War, soldiers loved to eat and to sing. One of their favorite songs was about food they hated: 'Hardtack, Come Again No More!" It was a parody of composer Stephen Foster’s popular 1854 tune 'Hard Times Come Again No More.'
Hardtack was a thick cracker that formed the men's basic ration. Nearly every soldier received nine or ten every day. Hardtack lived up to the “hard” part of its name. Soldiers often had trouble crunching the rock-like crackers and gave them nicknames such as “teeth dullers,” “sheet-iron crackers,” “jawbreakers,” and so on. "
"As one of more than 14,000 superintendents leading school districts across the nation, you are on the forefront of the transformation of public education. Technology now allows for personalized digital learning for every student in the nation so long as leaders have the technological infrastructure and human capacity in place to ensure success. • The Future Ready District Pledge is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve that success and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards our shared vision of preparing students for success in college, careers and citizenship. The U.S. Department of Education seeks to encourage and support superintendents who commit to taking a leadership role in this transition with recognition and resources to help facilitate this transition to digital learning."
Andrea Warren - Giving Voice to Children in History • "When I interview people in my work as a writer, I soak up the stories they share about their lives. This is what brings history alive. I’ve always wished for a way to interview historic buildings, because they could tell stories from such a different perspective, having seen it all and heard it all. My dream interview would be St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a place rich with history—and therefore, with stories."
"In a world of many separate camps, college can and should be a bridge." • "If you spend any time on college campuses, you’ll notice this, and maybe something else as well: Many students have a much more significant depth than breadth of knowledge. They know tons about what they’re interested in, because they’ve burrowed, with the Internet’s help, into their passions. But burrows are small and often suffocating, and there are wide spaces between them. You’re in yours; I’m in mine. Where’s the common ground? • The Internet has proved to be one of the great ironies of modern life. It opens up an infinite universe for exploration, but people use it to stand still, in a favorite spot, bookmarking the websites that cater to their existing hobbies (and established hobbyhorses) and customizing their social media feeds so that their judgments are constantly reinforced, their opinions forever affirmed."
"Students all over are starting college this month, and some of them still have a nagging question: what, exactly, got me in? An admissions officer tells us the most wrongheaded things applicants try."
"While Technology Continues to Evolve, the 'Concerns Based Adoption Model' Remains as Relevant Today as it was in 1987 • I recently read a great article about supporting technology integration in schools by Dr. Salvatore Corda. Corda is a Board Member at The College of Westchester and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. Corda is also a past Superintendent of the Peekskill, NY School District and Norwalk, CT schools. His article, 'Implementing Technology in Schools: The Change Agent’s Environment' discusses the use of Hall and Hord’s Concerns Based Adoption Model as a tool set to help educators as they adopt the use of new technologies in the classroom. • It might surprise readers to learn that this article was written over 20 years ago, but it is still totally applicable to technology adoption today … the fact is, effective change management techniques are timeless. A copy of the original article is available here. In this post, we will use excerpts from the article, and from a presentation Corda developed and delivers based on this work, to introduce these highly useful constructs."
"Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how 'power posing' — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success."
"At age 84, Mr. Mischel is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.” He says we anxious parents timing our kids in front of treats are missing a key finding of willpower research: Whether you eat the marshmallow at age 5 isn’t your destiny. Self-control can be taught. Grown-ups can use it to tackle the burning issues of modern middle-class life: how to go to bed earlier, not check email obsessively, stop yelling at our children and spouses, and eat less bread. Poor kids need self-control skills if they’re going to catch up at school.
"Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds organized their daily routines. We delved into their diaries and other documents to see how they worked, slept and exercised their way to success." Via - Erika Allen, Editor, Times Insider
"For America’s kids, it’s safe to say at this point that summer is over. School is back in session, and for many students, that means a lot more time sitting at a desk, and a lot less time running around outside. But not for all.
At a growing number of schools across the country, parents are taking it upon themselves to give kids more opportunities for physical activity outside gym class.
Kathleen Tullie started the program Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS), at her kids’ school in 2009.
'Within a couple weeks, we had parents and teachers email us about what a positive difference they were seeing in their kids,' Tullie said.
'That’s when I had the ‘a-ha’ moment that maybe here we are where we can create a movement.'
Run entirely by volunteers — usually parents, sometimes teachers, too — BOKS is free, and gets kids running, playing games, practicing exercises, and learning about nutrition, usually before the official school day begins.
In the last few years, the program has expanded to at least 1,000 schools in 44 states and four countries."
"To learn how to study, start by bombing a pretest." • "The basic insight is as powerful as it is surprising: Testing might be the key to studying, rather than the other way around. As it turns out, a test is not only a measurement tool. It’s a way of enriching and altering memory."
"According to a recent poll conducted by AfterCollege, an online entry-level job site, 83 percent of college seniors graduated without a job this spring. Even when these young people finally do get jobs, the positions are often part time, low wage or not related to their career interests."