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In Search of Lost Time on YouTube - The New Atlantis, Laurence Scott, Summer 2019
"But while there are few things more clearly of-the-moment than our biggest video-sharing site, YouTube is also the closest thing we have invented to a time machine: Its channels open new routes back to the past. Over these years I’ve come to understand that my YouTube, what I make of it, is one of the most melancholy places I’ve ever visited"

"The French theorist Roland Barthes was sensitive to both the melancholy and the spectrality of images from the past. His concept of “the punctum,” which he formulated in his meditation on photography, Camera Lucida (1980), predicts some of the angst of inhabiting YouTube’s emotional landscape, its world of resurrected moments. The punctum is a detail in a photographic image that pierces the viewer’s imagination. For Barthes, it is “that accident which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me).” The punctum is never part of an image’s intended meaning, never a planned, conscious detail but rather an accidental, tiny storehouse of emotion. Watching old YouTube videos originating from my childhood years is guaranteed to leave me feeling like a pincushion. The puncta are everywhere."

"Much of my YouTube nostalgia is explicitly, tenaciously sought. With eyes wide open, I’ve gone in search of a specific scene from the 1980s cartoon Ulysses 31, a sci-fi retelling of Homer’s Odyssey."

' “What are you doing here?” carries with it an air of trespass that can accompany any journey into the YouTube Time Machine. The controversial Article 13 of the new digital copyright law, just passed in the European Parliament, seeks to make YouTube and other platforms responsible for policing the illegal use of copyrighted content. '

"The digital, unbloody ease with which YouTube revives the past, so much more nimbly than its DVD and VCR predecessors, invites us to become re-watchers of the same content. Indeed, quick repetition is a main feature of our new digital aesthetics. Whereas we use GIFs — those twitchy, looping clips — as public illustrations of our feelings or responses to events, an oft-repeated YouTube video is the GIF’s private counterpart. Re-watching familiar videos can be a kind of secular prayer. There is comfort in the repetition, and the videos to which we give this repeated attention can feel deeply personal."

"The way cameras capture sunlight — how sharp or powdery or white or golden — or the subtle changes in tone that microphones give to voices, are historically specific."

"For Freud, melancholia and mourning are both connected to a loss, but differ in how the loss is perceived. While a mourner is vividly aware of why he despairs, the source of a melancholic’s lamentation can be harder to identify."
writing  YouTube  remembering  memory  *  RolandBarthes  copyright  time  SigmundFreud  melancholy 
june 2019 by pierredv
Definition and Examples of Narratives in Writing - ThoughtCo
The definition of narrative<> is a piece of writing that tells a story, and it is one of four classical rhetorical modes or ways that writers use to present information. The others include an exposition, which explains and analyzes an idea or set of ideas; an argument, which attempts to persuade the reader to a particular point of view; and a description, a written form of a visual experience.
ThoughtCo  narrative  writing  rhetoric  stories  * 
june 2019 by pierredv
Ethos, Pathos, and Logos -- The Three Rhetorical Appeals
"Aristotle defined rhetoric as “an ability, in each [particular] case, to see the available means of persuasion” (37). In other words, if you want to be persuasive you have to be both tactical and tactful. You have to find the method that works for your specific audience.

Aristotle also argued that there are three primary ways to make a persuasive appeal. He called these logos, ethos, and pathos. These three rhetorical appeals are at the heart of communication, and on this page we’ll explain how they work."
rhetoric  writing 
may 2019 by pierredv
Modern Mythology
From the about page,

Note from the editor

Modern Mythology is interdisciplinary web journal: an open platform for forward-thinking, even at times iconoclastic work, both online, and in the form of anthologies produced in partnership with a variety of publishers. It began as group blog in 2007. By 2010, we had over 100,000 views a month, and decided to organize and release our first anthology in conjunction with UK based Weaponized Press, The Immanence of Myth, which was included in core curricula for several courses at SUNY Binghamton. By Fall 2016, we decided to pull the plug on what had once been a popular but out-of-date site cluttered with thousands of posts, on what had become a clunky, out-of-date CMS. We re-started over here on Medium, fresh. That is the site you see now. “All fiction is philosophy. All philosophy is fiction.”
mythology  writing 
april 2019 by pierredv
How Writers Map Their Imaginary Worlds - Atlas Obscura
A new book, The Writer’s Map, contains dozens of the magical maps writers have drawn or that have been made by others to illustrate the places they’ve created.
books  writing  maps  Geography 
november 2018 by pierredv
Reading in the era of digitisation: An introduction to the special issue | Kovač | First Monday Sep 2018
"Digital materials can be adapted to each individual’s skill level, enabling flexible learning processes to accommodate the particular needs and developments of each reader. At the same time, empirical research indicates that the affordances of screens may also foster less advantageous reading developments, habits and mind sets.

"This warrants balancing the discourse on possibilities and advantages of digital technologies. To this purpose ‘Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitisation’ (E-READ) — a research initiative funded by COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology) as Action IS1404 — has brought together almost 200 scholars and scientists of reading, publishing, and literacy from across Europe. Starting from the assumption that the introduction of digital technologies for reading is not neutral regarding cognition and comprehension, the members of the network joined in an effort to research how readers, and particularly children and young adults, comprehend or remember written text when using print versus digital materials.

"The main findings can be summarised in the following manner:

General comprehension when reading long-form text on a digital screen tends to be either about the same as or inferior to doing the same reading in print;

More demanding tasks (e.g., requiring greater depth of understanding or reproduction of detail or when longer texts are used) suffer more than leisure tasks (e.g., narrative reading);

Readers are more likely to be overconfident about their comprehension abilities when reading digitally than when reading print, in particular under time pressure;

Contrary to expectations about the behaviour of ‘digital natives’, screen inferiority effects have been increasing rather than decreasing over time, regardless of the age group and regardless of prior experience with digital environments;

Digital text offers unsurpassed opportunities to tailor text presentation to an individual’s needs, which has been found to support struggling readers to develop adequate reading skills;

Equivalence between the paper and screen mediums — and even an advantage of digital environments — can be achieved, provided conscious engagement in in-depth processing (e.g., writing keywords that summarize the text) is actively promoted.
FirstMonday  reading  writing  comprehension  literacy  *  technology 
october 2018 by pierredv
Uncannily real: volumetric video changes everything | New Scientist Dec 2017
Wonderful essay by Simon Ings - neat twist in the tail, I love the open to close:

"<open> OUTSIDE Dimension Studios in Wimbledon, south London, is one of those tiny wood-framed snack bars that served commercial travellers in the days before motorways. The hut is guarded by old shop dummies dressed in fishnet tights and pirate hats. If the UK made its own dilapidated version of Westworld, the cyborg rebellion would surely begin here.
<close> Jelley walks me back to the main road. Neither of us says a word. He knows what he has. He knows what he has done. Outside the snack shack, three shop dummies in pirate gear wobble in the wind."

"Truly immersive media will be achieved not through magic bullets, but through thugging – the application of ever more computer power, and the ever-faster processing of more and more data points. Impressive, but where’s the breakthrough?"

"The cameras shoot between 30 and 60 times a second. “We have a directional map of the configuration of those cameras, and we overlay that with a depth map that we’ve captured from the IR cameras. Then we can do all the pixel interpolation.” This is a big step up from mocap. Volumetric video captures real-time depth information from surfaces themselves: there are no fluorescent sticky dots or sliced-through ping-pong balls attached to actors here."
NewScientist  writing  video  essays  *  FX  movies 
september 2018 by pierredv
Definition of Authorship - IEEE Author Center
IEEE considers individuals who meet all of the following criteria to be authors:

1. Made a significant intellectual contribution to the theoretical development, system or experimental design, prototype development, and/or the analysis and interpretation of data associated with the work contained in the article;

2. Contributed to drafting the article or reviewing and/or revising it for intellectual content;

3. Approved the final version of the article as accepted for publication, including references.
IEEE  writing  academia  ethics 
may 2018 by pierredv
Letter to an Aspiring Intellectual by Paul J. Griffiths | Articles | First Things
Via ALD. By Paul J. Griffiths is Warren Professor of Catholic Theology at Duke Divinity School.

"So: Find something to think about that seems to you to have complexity sufficient for long work, sufficient to yield multifaceted and refractory results when held up to thought’s light as jewelers hold gemstones up to their loupes. And then, don’t stop thinking about it."

Purpose of argument: "we argue with those who differ from us, sometimes, it’s true, out of the delight of battle and the urge for victory, but sometimes, too, because we find in argument a powerful device for clarifying a position and seeing how it might be improved."

"I think that at the moment you’re in love with the idea of being an intellectual rather than with some topic for thought. ... Most people who’d love to be novelists don’t write novels, and that’s because they’re not really interested in doing so. They’re infatuated with an image and a rôle rather than with what those who play that rôle do."

"You need a life in which you can spend a minimum of three uninterrupted hours every day, excepting sabbaths and occasional vacations, on your intellectual work. ... You need this because intellectual work is, typically, cumulative and has momentum."

"The most essential skill is surprisingly hard to come by. That skill is attention. Intellectuals always think about something, and that means they need to know how to attend to what they’re thinking about. Attention can be thought of as a long, slow, surprised gaze at whatever it is."

"How then to overcome boredom and cultivate attention? ... There’s no twelve-step for this. Rather, it’s a matter, first, of knowing that attention is necessary for intellectual work and that it will, when practiced, bear unexpected fruit, and that it won’t, no matter what seems to be the case, exhaust what it’s turned to. Then, it’s a matter of knowing that you’ll be bored by what you’re thinking about, ceasing to be surprised by that dry response, and accommodating it into the patterns of your attention (see above, on the relation between solitude and loneliness). And lastly, it’s a matter of practice by repetition, like piano-playing and squash. You’ll get better at attending as you do it, so long as you know you need to get better at it."

"Don’t do any of the things I’ve recommended unless it seems to you that you must. ... Undertake it if, and only if, nothing else seems possible. "
ALD  academia  thinking  **  attention  vocation  education  writing  quotations 
april 2018 by pierredv
I am tugged into the past by a string - Feb 2018, Murr Brewster, illustration John Kehe
"Mom saved string, although I don’t believe she’d save it if it were less than two feet long."

Great illustration by John Kehe
CSMonitor  essays  writing  memoirs  **  illustration 
february 2018 by pierredv
Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy – CRASSH
"James Williams won the inaugural Nine Dots Prize with his entry Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy. Here are some sample extracts from his 3,000-word response to the question 'Are digital technologies making politics impossible?'."
essays  writing  technology  attention 
september 2017 by pierredv
The mystery of knitting ... remains a mystery -
"Because knitting makes no sense at all. A knitter, by definition, creates holes by surrounding them with string, using sticks, a clickety-clickety noise, locally sourced air, and goodness."
writing  CSMonitor  knitting  craft 
april 2017 by pierredv
A cottony clash of quilters - - Jan 2016
"A round robin quilt is a collaborative effort. Each participant creates her own center block. Her partner designs a border to go around that block. The quilts are sent back and forth, gaining area with each contribution, and are declared finished when they look to be about the right size. 

"Or, to put it another way, a round robin quilt is a confrontational effort. Each combatant creates her own center block and her adversary lays siege to it from all sides. The quilts gain area with each pitched battle and are declared finished when someone surrenders."
CSMonitor  writing  design 
march 2017 by pierredv
The eyes have it | Books | The Guardian Sep 2004
"Nearly three years on from his death, WG Sebald has become a huge cult figure. His last book, a collaboration with the German artist Jan Peter Tripp, is a haunting testament to his singular and lasting vision"
TheGuardian  books  reviews  WGSebald  Jan-Peter-Trip  art  writing 
february 2017 by pierredv
100 Actual Titles of Real Eighteenth-Century Novels - The Toast
Argal; Or The Silver Devil, Being The Adventures Of An Evil Spirit, Comprising A Series Of Interesting Anecdotes, With Which The Demon Became Acquainted, During His Confinement In The Metalline Substance To Which He Was Condemned. Related By Himself.
books  writing 
october 2016 by pierredv
Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty | Books | The Guardian
"Plot is not just a sequence of connected events ... it is something rarer: the unfolding of a hidden design."
"The hidden design has, we trust, been contrived by an author, so when we enjoy a plot we are enjoying being manipulated by him or her. Perhaps this is why such enjoyment has often been thought suspect."
"Plot is what stops narrative being just one thing after another. Plotless stories threaten to be endless. So those American TV dramas that, if successful, are destined for box sets may have resounding endings but lack the capacity to fulfil a design. "
TheGuardian  plot  writing  reading 
may 2016 by pierredv
Five ways of looking at a butterfly : A view From the Bridge
Review by Barbara Kiser of five books about butterflies. Some great quotes: Kiser: "an iridescent current of butterflies shuffling and pirouetting over a froth of wildflowers" Michael McCarthy: moths on summer nights “would pack a car’s headlight beams like snowflakes in a blizzard” Matthew Oates: “perhaps it is we who need rewilding, not Nature” Peter Marren: Vladimir Nabokov, the towering novelist-lepidopterist whose mastery of language “seems at times to be deployed with the crisp decision of a pin through the thorax”
writing  books  quotations  NatureJournal 
september 2015 by pierredv
Vonkfiksie - Kort, kragtig en beVONK! - Veerpen Skryfkuns & Bemarking
Fotograwe sê dikwels dat ‘n foto ‘n duisend woorde werd is. Dis ‘n oomblik vir altyd vasgevang. En kyk om ‘n oomblik wat ‘n hele verhaal te vertel neer te pen in net duisend woorde sal voorwaar ‘n uitdaging wees. Want sien, die van ons wat met ‘n veerpen in die hand gebore is het nooit ‘n tekort aan woorde nie en sukkel nie om ‘n duisend woorde neer te pen nie. Maar kom ons gestel ek gee jou net sestig woorde en die opdrag bly dieselfde: beskryf ‘n oomblik wat ‘n hele verhaal vertel. Sestig woorde is nie eers ‘n volwaardige paragraaf nie. Wat nog te sê van ‘n volwaardige verhaal? Dis net hier waar Vonkfiksie ter sprake kom.
Afrikaans  writing 
august 2015 by pierredv
Skrywers en Boeke, 5 Nov · RSG – iono·fm
Dr. Karen de Wet van die Universiteit van Johannesburg se Departement Afrikaans bespreek IN LIGTE LAAIE, Jannie Malan se debuutbundel. - - Ilze Salzwedel praat met BENNY LINDELAUF, die Nederlandse skrywer wat Suid-Afrika onlangs besoek het. - Sy gesels ook met Eureka Barnard van SASNEV. Johan Myburg deel lekker wetenswaardighede uit die internasionale letterkundige wêreld.
Skrywers-en-Boeke  Afrikaans  podcasts  Karen-de-Wet  Benny-Lindelauf  Jannie-Malan  poetry  writing 
july 2015 by pierredv
Why Southern writers still captivate, 55 years after 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -
If there’s one thing Southerners can agree on now, it’s their literary tradition and their writers,” says William Gantt, who directs the Southern Literary Trail Pat Conroy, author of “The Prince of Tides,” joked in 1985 that his mother, “Southern to the bone,” once told him, “All Southern literature can be summed up in these words: ‘On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to Sister.’ ”
CSMonitor  writing  USA  quotations 
july 2015 by pierredv
How to design a metaphor – Michael Erard – Aeon
"Can metaphors be designed? I’m here to tell you that they can, and are. ... I continue to shape and test metaphors for private-sector clients and others. In both cases, these metaphors are meant to help people to understand the unfamiliar. They aren’t supposed to make someone remark: ‘That’s beautiful.’ They’re meant to make someone realise that they’ve only been looking at one side of a thing." - "It was the Princeton psycholinguist Sam Glucksberg who in 2003 argued that metaphors are really categorisation proposals. "
metaphor  writing  design  psychology  linguistics  ** 
june 2015 by pierredv
Bring back the serialized novel - The Washington Post - Hillary Kelly
"More than 150 years later [after Dickens], the publishing industry is in the doldrums, yet the novel shows few signs of digging into its past and resurrecting the techniques that drove fans wild and juiced sales figures. The novel is now decidedly a single object, a mass entity packaged and moved as a whole. That’s not, of course, a bad thing, but it does create a barrier to entry that the publishing world can’t seem to overcome. Meanwhile, consumers gladly gobble up other media in segments — whether it’s a “Walking Dead” episode, a series of Karl Ove Knausgaard ’s travelogues or a public-radio show (it’s called “Serial” for a reason, people) — so there’s reason to believe they would do the same with fiction. What the novel needs again is tension. And the best source for that tension is serialization."
writing  WashingtonPost  novels 
april 2015 by pierredv
Flash fiction: Short and sweet | The Economist April 2015
"IN THIS week's issue we review “Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World”. What, you may wonder, does a very short story look like? Here are ten entertaining examples to flash before your eyes"
TheEconomist  fiction  writing  flash-fiction 
april 2015 by pierredv
Writing your way to happiness - The New York Times
"researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness."
nytimes  writing  happiness 
january 2015 by pierredv
Highlights | Elsevier
"Highlights are a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings and provide readers with a quick textual overview of the article. These three to five bullet points describe the essence of the research (e.g. results or conclusions) and highlight what is distinctive about it." "Specifications: Include 3 to 5 highlights. There should be a maximum of 85 characters, including spaces, per highlight. Only the core results of the paper should be covered."
Elsevier  writing  journals  guidelines 
november 2014 by pierredv
Genius, Brilliance and the Poincare Conjecture — Natalia Ilyin
"To an American, being a genius is being Alexander Graham Bell. . . . But to a Russian, being labelled a genius is not being labelled the clean guy in the white lab coat. It's being labelled Grigory Perelman: Strange eyes, big bushy beard, tangled eyebrows, hair like an unclipped shrubbery. . . he Chinese curse is, "May you live in interesting times." The Russian curse could be, "May you depend on a genius." . . . Brilliance, to the Russian, is the great thing. A brilliant composer is a contributor-- he is not a lunatic who writes wonderful stuff but decides for some reason to burn it and to only eat carrots from then on. "
Natalia.Ilyin  writing  genius  russia 
july 2014 by pierredv
sin | More Intelligent Life
Seven essays about the seven deadliest sins
TheEconomist  writing  sin 
june 2014 by pierredv
Selected essays of Montaigne
These are essays that Montaigne published in 1575, and they were translated into English by Charles Cotton.
Montaigne  literature  writing 
june 2014 by pierredv
David Abbott, advertising executive, 1938-2014 -
"Abbott, who has died aged 75, built Abbott Mead Vickers into the UK’s largest advertising agency with a style, wit and humanity that changed the tone of British advertising and helped London to rival New York as a centre for creativity."
obituary  advertising  copywriting  writing 
may 2014 by pierredv
Break Grammar Rules on Websites for Clarity
"Web writing differs from print writing to emphasize scannability. Some grammar rules are worth breaking if they improve fast comprehension."
writing  grammar  web  usability  ex  Nielsen  Norman 
march 2014 by pierredv
Writing Hyperlinks: Salient, Descriptive, Start with Keyword
"Summary: To help users quickly find what they need, anchor text should stand out from the body content and accurately describe the page that it refers to."
hyperlinks  howto  usability  web  writing  ex  Nielsen  Norman 
march 2014 by pierredv
Colonial museums: A different story | The Economist
A glorious opening paragraph: QUAINT is not an obvious word to use about America—a country built on revolution, restless expansion and the unabashed pursuit of profits. Yet for years a cloud of quaintness hung about many of the country’s founding-places. Museums and historic sites depicted the birth of the United States as a morality tale and an Anglo-Saxon family dispute, pitting tyrannical King George and his redcoats against freedom-loving colonial subjects (helped, just a bit, by the French).
TheEconomist  writing  history  USA 
december 2013 by pierredv
Paul Klee at Tate Modern: More! More! More! | Art and design | The Guardian
Wonderful piece of writing - each paragraph a bit like a Klee painting. Quotes: "I often feel, looking at Klee, that he watched himself as he worked, just to see where his mind would lead him" via Madelaine Maior: "You need to sidle up to things, let your eye snag on a detail, get sucked in then turn away again, allowing yourself to look while your mind is elsewhere. Being inattentive is as important as close inspection."
TheGuardian  art  writing  painting  Tate  Modern  quotations 
october 2013 by pierredv
Storytelling 101: Writing Tips for Academics | How to Do Great Research
"Little did I know that a Ph.D. in computer science would teach me more about how to write than any other previous experience I’d had. Indeed, research isn’t only about making new discoveries, but also about expressing those discoveries so that other people can appreciate them and their significance. Below, I’ll present some thoughts on writing that I’ve picked up over the years and continually aim (and encourage students) to put into practice. I’ll focus on story-telling, presentation, and efficiency: how to write your paper so that it clearly, cleanly, and efficiently tells a good story."
stories  via  Martin  Weiss  writing  research  Nick  Feamster  *  howto  tips 
october 2013 by pierredv
In Praise of Slow Design: Observatory: Design Observer Sep 2013
"From a journalistic, literary and historical point of view, the New Yorker archive is endlessly fascinating. And from a design point of view? Unbelievably boring. Or, I should say, unbelievably, wonderfully, perfectly, exquisitely boring. To a field that today seems to prize innovation above all else, The New Yorker makes a case for slow design: the patient, cautious, deliberate evolution of a nearly unchanging editoral format over decades. And the case they make is — let's admit it — pretty hard to argue with."
journalism  writing  New  Yorker  design 
september 2013 by pierredv
Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences - Joe Fassler - The Atlantic
"When I asked him to share a favorite passage for this series, King couldn't choose between two favorites; both, we noticed, were first sentences. So, he analyzed both his choices as part of a broader discussion about opening lines -- a topic not addressed at length in his memoir-as-craft-manual, On Writing. King paid tribute to Douglas Fairbairn and James M. Cain, looked back on favorite intros he's written, and explained how he approaches a book's first moments. Stephen King spoke to me by phone from his home in Maine."
Stephen-King  The  tlantic  writing 
july 2013 by pierredv
A Taste of Comic-Con |
"The following excerpt from my book Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture captures the frenzied first moments as the doors of Comic-Con open to the public on preview night."
RobSalkowitz  conventions  writing  Comic-Con  comics  culture  sub-culture 
july 2013 by pierredv
Tussenvoegsel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A tussenvoegsel (pronounced [ˈtʏsənˌvuxsəl]) in Dutch linguistics is a word that is positioned between a person's first and last name. The most common tussenvoegsels are "van" (as in Dick van Dyke) meaning "from" and "de" (as in Greg de Vries), meaning "the". Most Dutch surnames include no tussenvoegsel (as in Mark Rutte and Wim Kok).[citation needed] The use
orthography  spelling  writing  Wikipedia 
june 2013 by pierredv
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Comma From Which My Heart Hangs.
"If nothing else, one ought to know how to treat a comma. Abandonment or abuse of the comma muddles discourse, and this lack of respect is akin to neglect, to a lack of appreciation, to an unreasonable rejection of the very foundation of all worthy human interactions."
love  comma  McSweeney's  writing  satire  punctuation 
april 2013 by pierredv
The Up-Goer Five Text Editor
xkcd  writing 
february 2013 by pierredv
18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained In Plain English - Business Insider
The comic inspired Theo Anderson, a geneticist who supports accessible science education, to build a text editor that would force the user to write with only the 1000 most frequent words. He then invited scientists to describe what they do using the editor
explanation  writing  science 
february 2013 by pierredv
Not a Badass, a Baker | City Arts Magazine, Oct 30, 2012
Wonderful piece of writing about Seattle bakers, by Jonathan Zwickel
*  cooking  baking  Seattle  writing 
january 2013 by pierredv
Book Review (and subtext) | brazenandtenured–law politics nature and culture
opens with: The recent publication of [.......] by Professor X marks a moment in the history of [.......]. It establishes him as one of the leading, if not the leading, authority on the subject of [.......]. Professor X works at Zip Code Law School and I would like a job there too.
academia  satire  Pierre  Schlag  publication  writing 
september 2012 by pierredv
The Writing Revolution - Peg Tyre - The Atlantic
Via Matt Corwine "For years, nothing seemed capable of turning around New Dorp High School’s dismal performance—not firing bad teachers, not flashy education technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school’s principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. What followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject—one that has made New Dorp a model for educational reform."
*  teaching  theAtlantic  education  writing 
september 2012 by pierredv
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