Links of the Week March 16-22

A bit late this week, again, but better late than never. I’ve been a bit busy reading Raising Steam, and visiting friends today. Here’s our weekly link roundup, including a free book:


I haven’t seen this yet, and I don’t know if I will. However, I more or less agree with Cooke. I posted about this here but Cooke makes some very valid points.

Alabaster Jar
This is pretty cool – we often hear stories of male figures in earlier church history, rarely of women. This site is a repository of such stories.

The 1 Weirdest Thing You Never Knew About Your Home State
This country is a crazy place. Not that most aren’t (Australia included), but some of these are pretty, to borrow my wife’s phrase special.

The Overprotected Kid
Yeah, kid’s bounce. And I’m not against child safety, at all, but I think a few bumps and bruises along the way, learning how to fall and how to catch oneself, learning to skin your knee, pick yourself up and have another go at whatever you were doing, is an important part of growing up and learning to function in the world. I want to let my child(ren) to have those experiences, rather than grow up in the bubble.

And just because of the previous link’s URL:


Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework
Parents doing their kids homework for them, and kids cheating on their homework, and hence not learning anything, is a giant pet peeve of my wife, and myself also, I suppose. It just seems to defy the point, to the point where the goal is the grade, which is fine, but it’s now to the extent of being disconnected from actually understanding the material, so even some parents don’t care whether a child understands, as long as that ‘A’ is on their report card.


But seriously, there’s now research showing parents’ overinvolvement in kids education can actually be a detriment to their achievement and development, particularly some kinds of overinvolvement (such as doing homework for them, down to pre-K, really?). It’s interesting because it goes against some of the assumptions made in recent decades. A couple of takeaways:

in poor and working-class households, children were urged to stay quiet and show deference to adult authority figures such as teachers. In middle-class households, kids learned to ask critical questions and to advocate for themselves—behaviors that served them well in the classroom.

one of the few ways parents can improve their kids’ academic performance—by as much as eight points on a reading or math test—is by getting them placed in the classroom of a teacher with a good reputation. This is one example for which race did seem to matter: white parents are at least twice as likely as black and Latino parents to request a specific teacher. Given that the best teachers have been shown to raise students’ lifetime earnings and to decrease the likelihood of teen pregnancy, this is no small intervention.

Lastly, I wanted to let you know, if you were interested, that Voice of the Martyrs are offering a copy of These Are the Generations for free on their website, just give them your mailing details, and voila. It’s a pretty amazing story of a Christian family’s life in North Korea across several generations.


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