Category Archives: Education

My humbling leadership start

on March 5, 2019 in Education, Leadership

Business school humbled me from before I started my first classes there. I came in thinking, “I have a PhD in physics, so all the math will be easy, and I ran a company, so I know all the business. I’ll have fun for a couple years and earn a degree that will be my passport to success.” On the contrary, I found finance and accounting not about math, but[…] Keep reading →

Parents and children today

on December 12, 2018 in Art, Education

I’m an uncle, not a parent, and a college educator, not a grade school teacher, but I look at how people live their values in raising kids and wonder. I tried to pair questions suggesting differences between people’s values and behavior: Would you blow smoke in a baby’s face? Would you pay to put 10 tons of CO2 into the environment by flying? The pollution from flying is millions of[…] Keep reading →

Why Every Parent Should Watch This Movie

on November 21, 2018 in Creativity, Education,, Leadership

Have you noticed how many of today’s most successful people chose to leave our educational system–Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Erin Brockovich, Elon Musk, Sean Combs, Lauren Hill, Michael Dell, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry Page, and Sergei Brin, to name a few. Ever wonder why people who chose to leave mainstream education became so successful? Why did breaking the once-standard advice “stay in school” not work[…] Keep reading →

NYU pollutes “undeniably . . . head and shoulders above the rest”

on November 20, 2018 in Education, Nature

One thing about nature. It doesn’t react only to the consequences of your actions that you like. It reacts to all of them, including the ones you don’t like. Take greenhouse gas emissions. You might like doing something that pollutes and emits greenhouse gases. You might wish that your activity didn’t pollute, make the world unclean and impure, undue your intent to steward the environment, or hurt others, but if[…] Keep reading →

Sexism in academia

on November 17, 2018 in Education

Why are women’s studies and gender studies departments so gender segregated—in particular, female dominated? I clicked the top few results in a search on “gender studies department.” Nearly every name and image I saw on those pages seemed female. I then searched on “problems with male dominated fields” and got this post stating, “Male-dominated industries and occupations are particularly vulnerable to reinforcing masculine stereotypes that make it even more difficult[…] Keep reading →

Academia and privilege

on November 13, 2018 in Education

When I was growing up in the 70s, when someone said something sexist others would say that person was living in the past. “It’s not the 50s anymore. Get with the times, chauvinist pig.” It took people time to catch up with how times had changed. I’ll come back to chauvinism and living in the past in a moment. Privilege in academia in the past Today people talk about how[…] Keep reading →

Why Every Parent or Student Should Read This Book

on October 31, 2018 in Education,

Why Every Parent or Student Should Read This Book October 31, 2018 If not, the experience will surprise you. The building feels eerily smaller. The teachers seem more human. I visited my grade school when I returned to Philadelphia for graduate school after college in New York City. I saw my fifth grade teacher. We were surprised and happy to recognize each other. After hello, almost immediately she said, “I’m[…] Keep reading →

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