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In one episode of The Simpsons, Mr Burns tries to have his son admitted to Yale. An admissions officer tells him, frankly, that ‘test scores like Larry’s would merit a very generous donation. A score of 400 would require new football uniforms. Three hundred would require a new dormitory. And in Larry’s case? We’d need an international airport.’

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Toby W. Rush’s “Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People” covers a massive range of topics like pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, and harmonics. The online book itself is more arranged as a collection of high-quality PDFs that offer diagrams, notes, and tips for everything music theory related. There’s around 50 PDFs to go over, but each one could make for a useful reference printout if there was a specific topic you’re interested in. Learning to play music can have a number of benefits, and though music theory isn’t required for doing so, it can certainly help if you want to create your own tunes.

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“We have five orders of magnitude more data about you than Google has,” he says in the video. “We literally have more data about our students than any company has about anybody else about anything, and it’s not even close.” Five orders of magnitude more data than Google is a whole lot of data. The promise is that all that data can be used to tailor lessons to individual kids, to their strengths and weaknesses. They will become better learners, and that will lead to higher grades and better graduation rates. Ferreira imagines a day when “you tell us what you had for breakfast every morning at the beginning of the semester, by the end of the semester, we should be able to tell you what you had for breakfast. Because you always did better on the days you had scrambled eggs.” (via A day in the life of a data mined kid | Marketplace.org)

The report recognizes the existence of a guarantee of the right to freedom of expression in the Palestinian Basic Law, which serves in lieu of a constitution, and calls for this to be strengthened. The recommendations highlight that existing legal restrictions on free expression should be amended to be in line with international standards of necessity and proportionality. The study also encourages the national authorities to adopt a right to information law, drawing on extensive work already completed in this area with civil society organizations. It further recommends the establishment of an independent regulatory body, the transformation of the Palestinian Public Radio and Television Corporation into an independent public service broadcaster, and the promotion of community media. The report proposes that the media industry develop an effective system for self-regulation, and invites universities to modernize their media programmes and consider the establishment of a Master’s programme on media. It acknowledges the efforts of the national authorities to involve civil society in the development of a new strategic ICT and digital transition plan and encourages them to continue following this approach.