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my failures in early years education - OxfordBlog
SimCity didn't include car parks "because the game would be really boring if it was proportional in terms of parking lots" - DevonZuegel
Oxford now has an on-demand mini-bus service! - Guardian
academisation of English schools has reduced freedom and autonomy - LSE
the traumas of Ofsted inspections - TeacherToolkit
one year on, residents of Walthamstow's mini-Holland areas do 40 minutes more active travel a week! - Guardian [via @peterwalker99]
neural networks are basically just polynomial regression models - arxiv
200 Years on Two Wheels - Re:Cyclists [my review]
why the NHS can't do IT, and how it should - @bengoldacre
background on how Seville built a cycle network in four years - StreetsBlog
how can schools measure and report progress meaningfully? - TeacherHead
grandmothers and alloparenting in the origins of human cooperation - NPR
petition to cancel the Oxford to Cambridge expressway - Change
the difference between being broke and being poor - LongReads
they start as toddlers: why Mexican children help out with chores - NPR
"Children appear to have an intrinsic motivation to help. And extrinsic rewards seem to undermine it."
the English school academy system feeds overpaid executives, corruption, and asset-stripping - Guardian
the origins and evolution of multiple mating in army ants - Evolution
designing cities for children - Arup
after the British and the Irish, the Dutch are going to be worst hit by Brexit - Rabobank
"a hard Brexit would cost the UK 18% of GDP growth until 2030 ... £11,500 per British worker"
US science paper topics are now being vetted by political commissars - @dburbach
literacy permeates life - OxfordBlog
the US is now taking two year olds away from their parents - NPR
and "staff said that federal regulations prevented them from touching or holding the child to soothe her"
affluence rather than willpower drives marshmallow test results - Atlantic
class photographs and market failures - OxfordBlog
Copenhagen and urban cycling in twelve graphs - Guardian
the messy complexity of USB Type-C - AndroidAuthority [via @phaseit]
brilliant timing for the Royal Mail Dad's Army stamp issue! - RoyalMail
cycle-touring with children - Guardian
another Home Office horror story, this time involving maltreatment of a pregnant woman - Guardian
extraordinary secrecy means that not even Whitehall (and its 10,000 extra staff) knows what's happening with Brexit - Guardian
the harm done by Ofsted's blunt approach to rating schools - BenNewmark
"Ofsted is frightening because a negative judgement may actually make it more difficult for a school to make the improvements it needs to."
"Many automatic emergency braking systems won't stop for stationary objects at freeway speeds" - ArsTechnica
how is reading a novel like reading a maths book? Jane Austen meets Kuratowski closure operators - @benjamindickman
formula milk companies target Philippines mothers with "aggressive, clandestine and often illegal methods" - Guardian
teaching primary school children to understand randomised trials - EvidentlyCochrane
concrete cycle paths can last thirty years - ViewFromCyclePath
they'd bring back the workhouses and punishment beatings if they could - Politics
surprisingly interesting obituary for poet Mary Wilson (wife of Harold Wilson) - Guardian
giving up a three course meal for a (possibly empty) packet of crisps - ProgressOnline
camels and needles, and other tales of mistranslation (mostly the Romans' fault) - StantLitore
the Copenhagen compromise: kerbside parking has to go, but loading and deliveries are essential - PeopleForBikes
going around in circles: ring roads and controlling through traffic - OxfordBlog
you'd have to use a cotton shopping bag 173 times to make it environmentally more friendly than single-use plastic bags - NZHerald
when you are right, it's easy to be consistent: a 280-character transport manifesto - RantyHighwayman
the economic policy of a con-man - @fawfulfan
including National Insurance, Council Tax and VAT, UK taxation isn't at all progressive - ResolutionFoundation [via @JolyonMaugham]
"every decile here pays tax in almost exact proportion to its gross income – implying a flat tax system as a whole"

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