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Month: July, 2010

On Education – Equity of Test Is Debated as Children Compete for Gifted Kindergarten – NYTimes.com

by Robinson

Ms. Stewart, a single mom working two jobs, didn’t think the process was fair. She had heard widespread reports of wealthy families preparing their children for the kindergarten gifted test with $90 workbooks, $145-an-hour tutoring and weekend “boot camps.”

The owner of one Manhattan tutoring company, Bright Kids NYC, says the parents of the 120 children her staff tutored spent an average of $1,000 on test prep for their 4-year-olds.

Ms. Stewart used a booklet the city provided and reviewed the 16 sample questions with Chase. “I was online trying to find sample tests,” she said. “But everything was $50 or more. I couldn’t afford that.”


What’s Wrong With the American University System – Culture – The Atlantic

by Scott Smith

And many of the publications are too long. A book on Virginia Woolf could be a 30-page article. Somebody did a count of how many publications had been written on Virginia Woolf in the past 15 years. The answer is several thousand. Really? Who needs this? But it’s awfully difficult to say, “Here’s knowledge we don’t need!” It sounds like book burning, doesn’t it? What we’d say is that on the scale of priorities, we find undergraduate teaching to be more important than all the research being done.

The Littlest Schoolhouse – Magazine – The Atlantic

by Robinson

The “Boy Crisis”: Beyond Reading to Relationships

by Robinson

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The “Boy Crisis”: Beyond Reading to Relationships
The “Boy Crisis”: Beyond Reading to Relationships
by Dr. William S. Pollack on July 27, 2010

to read later.


by Robinson

Banking and IT: Computer says no | The Economist

by Scott Smith

That is good news for start-ups such as Metro Bank, which wants to open more than 200 branches in Britain by 2020. With such grand designs, isn’t Vernon Hill, one of the bank’s founders, tempted to build an IT system of his own? “I hate programmers,” replies this dyed-in-the-wool entrepreneur. “They only cause trouble.

Albert Brooks defends his cinematic life :: rogerebert.com :: People

by Scott Smith

You think I’m making this all up? Try sitting and talking to Albert Brooks for an afternoon. His whole conversational style consists of holding his motives up to the light and scrutinizing them. He never ever once even for a second asks if you think his movie is funny. He wants you to know his motives are pure, that he worked hard, that he took pains so that you would not be disappointed. I find this characteristic both honorable and endearing, although on the other hand I would not want to sit next to Brooks on a three-day bus ride.

The Top Idea in Your Mind

by Scott Smith

Linus and his students at Liege were among the more tenacious critics. Newton’s biographer Westfall seems to feel he was overreacting:

Recall that at the time he wrote, Newton’s “slavery” consisted of five replies to Liege, totalling fourteen printed pages, over the course of a year.

I’m more sympathetic to Newton. The problem was not the 14 pages, but the pain of having this stupid controversy constantly reintroduced as the top idea in a mind that wanted so eagerly to think about other things.

Four Fish: A Book for Anyone Who Eats Seafood – Food – The Atlantic

by Scott Smith

Greenberg tells his story through what he calls four “archetypes of fish flesh”: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. These are species that humans are attempting to “master in one way or another,” either by managing wild populations or by domesticating them and raising them as we do hogs, poultry, sheep, and cattle.

A Guide to Meditation for the Rest of Us

by Scott Smith

Believe it or not, you can improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life with meditation without ever uttering the word “chakra.” Incense, yoga pants, and annoying dinner conversation are also optional. All you need is your breath.