Weekly Digest – 3/21/10

Here are some quick summaries of this week’s headlines on the Husslington…


Finding the Bright Spots in Education: Reflecting on the Heath Brothers’ New Book, Switch

In education, as in many fields, we spend a lot of time talking about what isn’t working.  What would it look like to instead spend that time finding, investing in and scaling the bright spots where success already exists?

In their new book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip and Dan Heath weave together juicy little stories and data snippets to suggest pathways toward personal, institutional and societal change.  One of their first instructions is to “Find the Bright Spots.”  What does this look like in education?  Please check my thoughts out and leave a comment with yours!

Jay-Z Speaks on His Writing Process – VIDEO

Two weeks ago, I posted a link to an article in which rappers Xzibit, Pusha T (from the Clipse), Drake and Nicki Minaj speak about their writing processes.

Then last week, writer Daniel Pink and I weighed in.

This week, Jay-Z speaks on his process for composing songs.

Beamer… Honda… Walking: The Greening of a Pop Song

Rappers Lloyd Banks and Juelz Santana put out a hit celebrating incredibly expensive vehicles: “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.”

Joell Ortiz and Jim Jones followed up with an anthem geared to more practical urban travelers: “Nissan, Honda, Chevy.”

And thennn some dudes I’ve never heard of brought us the public option: “Subway, Bus or Walking.”

I love the evolution that occurred over a few weeks online and decided to share the songs/videos.  Enjoy.

Here are some highlights from Twitter…

A few videos…

Save Music Education VIDEOS: http://bit.ly/agOoeL

economics rap video – disturbingly high budget… and disturbingly informative: http://bit.ly/bveMBm (via @shazbennett)

students rap the periodic table VIDEO: http://bit.ly/9wS96r #hiphopeducation (via @chrisemdin)

A few images…

GlobalGrind’s 11 best protest images of all time: http://bit.ly/a77tcG

Civil disobedience is cool and can even be super pretty http://twitpic.com/19ufrn (via @SarahKSilverman)

A photo I took: The shelves @ Compare Foods lookin immaculate today! Up there with the best work I saw @ RISD open studios last night: http://twitpic.com/19syiu

And a quote…

“Teach students to read the word and the world” – Paulo Freire

I sent out a bunch of links to good articles and other interesting stuff this week via Twitter.  To check it out, click here: http://twitter.com/husslington

Until next week, keep husslin.

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