Digital Natives

In ten years (by 2020), the goal of the Obama administration is to have 60% of the American population hold at least a 2-year post-secondary degree and graduate college-ready high school students. I’m hoping the first, stated as “We will raise the proportion of college graduates from where it now stands [39%] so that 60% of… Continue reading Digital Natives

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Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon. Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. Spoon Boy, The Matrix (1999) This is still one of my favorite scenes in a movie. What is the nature of reality… Continue reading Spoon

Nature is Gorgeous

Nature is Gorgeous, originally uploaded by Ezra S F. Stuff at the bottom of a stream flowing into the restored wetland. Read and post comments | Send to a friend

TED Talk: Epic Wins

While I like video games and found Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter an entertaining ride, I am skeptical when people describe video games in all glowing terms. Like everything, they improve specific skills. Also people are attracted to games in which they have specific skills.… Continue reading TED Talk: Epic Wins

TED Talk: Optimism

I agree all too often we think of our interactions with others as competition (a zero sum game where other’s loss is our gain). Instead, our fortunes are correlated with others, aka in non-zero sum game, so cooperation is the effective strategy (like Tit For Tat). Because non-zero is becoming more an more the norm, working effectively… Continue reading TED Talk: Optimism


A few of you may know my accent is completely abnormal for the region where I was raised. In some ways it sounds midwestern or even Canadian. Apparently children also identify affiliation by accents like they do gender and skin color. So I had TWO strikes against me? My parents seem the likely culprits for my… Continue reading Accents

Try Different

Seth Godin’s post, Try Different, assumes we should try as hard as we can. If you ever reach the point you are trying as hard as you can, then you probably have passed the point where you should try another approach. Once the effort has exceeded the value of the work, something is wrong. This is… Continue reading Try Different

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Hard Facts

Some quotes from the Overcoming Bias blog from the book Hard Facts. (I’ve cleaned up some spelling errors.) Merit pay for teachers is an idea that is almost 100 years old and has been subject to much research.  In one study conducted in 1918, “48 percent of U.S. school districts sampled used compensation systems that… Continue reading Hard Facts