Read — 2014/06/11

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Teacher Tenure Dealt Legal Setback“, by Erica E. Phillips (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Roughhousing Lessons from Dad“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal). Interesting notes in “The Father Factor” inset: “Father is good-natured about losing, with no signs of ego”, “Father helps the child control his or her emotions”, and “Father is dominant but shares the upper hand, allowing the child to win sometimes”.
  3. Teacher Rejects Teacher Tenure for California“, by Jennifer Medina (NY Times). Writes Judge Rolf M. Treu in the ruling, “Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students. The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it shocks the conscience.”
  4. Cantor’s Loss a Bad Omen for Moderates“, by Jonathan Weisman & Jennifer Steinhauer (NY Times). The NY Times offers its roseate prognosis of Washington’s immediate future.
  5. If Robots Drove, How Much Safer Would Roads Be“, by Claire Cain Miller (NY Times). Simulations suggest that automating even some driving tasks “could have as big an effect [on safety] as seatbelts have had” — which, the article notes, are estimated to have “reduced injuries and fatalities by about 50 percent”.
  6. How MIT Students Won $8 Million in the Massachusetts Lottery“, by Melissa Locker (Time, 07 Aug 2012). Go math.