Reads of the Week #46

Before a Christmas break, and 270 articles later, this week’s articles cover most of my favourite topics: teaching, reading, film, language, thinking and history. 

Happy Christmas, and most importantly a beautiful new year.

Andy Tharby: It never ceases to amaze me that despite my methodical, largely traditional approach to classroom teaching, my students learn such different things.

100 Novels All Kids Should Read Before Leaving High School from the always brilliant openculture.com.

Years from now, there will be little question as to his place in film history – a prominent seat at the grownups’ table, with a place card highlighting his run of sixteen films from 1977 to 1992, one of the greatest streaks in the history of American cinema. Woody Allen at eighty by Jonathan Kirshner.

It started with a woman giving birth. As the doctor told her to push-push-push! She screamed in pain and yelled a blast of obscenities. Her husband watched, fascinated. This woman could really cuss. “Is this normal?” he asked the midwife, half-joking. “Don’t be embarrassed. It’s a perfectly normal part of giving birth,” the midwife told him. This got him thinking: Is There a Biological Purpose for Profanity? (Jeff Wilser)

Trying to identify and inoculate yourself against bad ideas is always worthwhile, but trying to set others strait is a thankless, task. And maybe a pointless one too. So, David Didau asks, when is it worth arguing about bad ideas?

One of the greatest minds in 20th Century statistics was not a scholar. He brewed beer. Daniel Kopf on The Guinness Brewer Who Revolutionized Statistics.

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