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_Weapons of Math Destruction_, part 1

With this post we commence our reading of Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction.  (If you’d like to catch up with the reading schedule, click here.) Here I’ll summarize this week’s chapters, then offer some discussion questions. But first, some book … Continue reading

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Technological advancement: one unusual case study

I wanted to share a quick book review I just wrote over on Goodreads, and for three hopefully relevant reasons. Not, not because The Red Rockets’ Glare is the second-best book title of the 21st century. First, because the book argues … Continue reading

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Reading _Weapons of Math Destruction_: the plan

Our new book club reading is Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction. In this post I’ll lay out a reading agenda, along with ways to participate. The way people read along in this book club is through the web, essentially. … Continue reading

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What we’re reading next

Last week I asked you to help choose our online book club’s next reading.  Sixty-seven votes later, we have a clear winner. I’m happy to announce the book will be (drum roll, please)… Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction! This … Continue reading

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What should we read next? A survey

What should we read next for our online book club? We recently finished Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End (2006), a science fiction novel imagining changes to education and technology over the next few decades.  Now we’ll turn back to nonfiction, and … Continue reading

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A parable about change

When do we see change happening? I’d like to misuse a classic science fiction story as a kind of parable.  See what you think. In 1948 William Tenn published  “Brooklyn Project”, a time travel tale.  In it a dystopian government … Continue reading

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The Big Sort: fine, but not fine enough

In my work exploring the future of education and technology I keep researching social, economic, and cultural trends. One part of that involves investigating what happened to both American education and society since 1975 or so, after the generation when … Continue reading

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