Recently in my class students were asked to interview their students about motivation. This is a new addition to our class and the most telling part so far is how apathetic and unmotivated the students seem to be. It makes me wonder what sort of implicit paralysis our schools have injected these students with, consider this from a recent Inc article
I didn't have a credit card—remember, I was in high school at the time. So I ordered the items COD, cash on delivery. I'd learn when UPS would be coming and feign illness so I could stay home from school. The delivery guy rang the doorbell, I gave him the cash, and he handed over the boxes. I don't know if they do COD anymore, but man, was it exciting back then. No one got rich—and I don't think anyone was injured—but it was a great education. And the lesson stuck.
Students do this now and they get punished. Why can't the curriculum - no matter how difficult to measure, match this? Why can't students dictate what they are exposed to despite the narrow mindeness of their immaturity?
It's easy to rail against education and offer a panacea for the ails but it's easy to see the motivation to not be in school.
On an informal interview for a school the superintendent showed me the large display cases right as students, parents, staff and visitors entered the school. It was adorned with athletics plaques, shredded basketball nets and pictures of athletically successful students. This made me wonder, so what, in what ways have those outcomes led to future successes and is this true at all levels. It turns out in one way it does.
Intercollegiate athletics may also be interpreted as a signal of overall quality of the output of a school by state legislators. The benefits of an outstanding department in the humanities or a Nobel Prize winning chemist might not be apparent to the state legislators deciding on annual appropriates to the state university, but fielding a successful Division 1-A football team puts the university in the news frequently and prominently.
Does that mean that state legislators use football (athletic) success as a guide for funding (academic) institutions? It looks so.
Results suggest that winning the "big game" (rivalry or bowl game) is associate with an increase in appropriations of about ... 7%.
The study is here.
Why I love social psychology, first
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses regardless of whether the information is true.[Note 1] As a result, people gather evidence and recall information from memory selectively, and interpret it in a biased way
I should read more poetry.
If Robin Williams ate this shit his back hair would burst into flames
No Reservations, season 10, Cambodia
The doors of the elevator opened at the top floor onto a Versailles-like conference room. Windows two stories high looked out onto the darkness and the sparkling Connecticut suburbs,below. The place reeked of cash, and so, of course, did the invitation-only gathering of 30 to 40 well-to-do parents. A significant majority of them, I noticed, were women, dressed in Greenwich casual, suggesting that they were stay-at-home-in-Fairfiled-County moms, who are distinguished from ordinary stay-at-home moms by non resembling ordinary moms.
From the book Crazy U
By that figure, contact with the U.S. health care system was the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind all heart disease and all cancer.
From Medical Dilemmas
"Discovering who isn't producing very much and firing them" has been the biggest productivity gain in the last few years
From Cowen's very nice ebook
Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the four crime novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes
I haven't seen a good American action or adventure or thriller movie in a long time. Mostly it's the pacing, everything is too fast, happens too quickly or the lulls don't match the highs. It's like a minuscule environment of overcorrecting while driving, turning too far left then overreaching to the right.
This is what made The American so good. No overreaching, just following the steady median. Leonard Martin said it best "it’s a slowly-paced, European-style mood piece, short on dialogue and action and long on atmosphere". And the atmosphere is wonderful. The scenes are beautiful, the light and shading add to a scene more completely than Hans Zimmer could ever hope.
I could have enjoyed another hour of this move developing, stewing into something even richer, and like most things Italian, the more time you spend with it the better it gets.