Journal

Journal

Thoughts From Inside the Bubble

Recently I listened to a podcast that I thought was going to be a nice, fluffy piece of celebrity trashing. Instead, it turned out to be a thoughtful exploration of the rules of social classes and the power of cultural capital. Hidden Brain’s Never Go to Vegas, and Other Unspoken Rules of Being an A-Lister […]

The Warren Harding Error: Implicit Bias Part 2

Warren Harding was the 29th President of the U.S.  He is widely regarded now as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.  He wasn’t especially bright, and was at best a rambling speaker. As a senator, he was conspicuously absent for the debates on both women’s suffrage and prohibition, the defining events of his […]

The Implications of Implicit Bias

Explicit biases are well-understood and easily recognized.  Hate speech, burning crosses, racial slurs, sexist language — all draw attention and invite rebuke.  Implicit biases, however, bubble away beneath the surface of conscious thought, unacknowledged and provoking largely involuntary responses, some of which may be miniscule or fleeting but which nonetheless nudge our behavior and influence […]

The Value of A High School Diploma

Some statistics: 18-24 year old Black men in Prison: High School Drop Out        58% GED                                         19.6% High School Diploma        13.8% Some College                  […]

The Big Picture: Musings on Brain Research

Brain research never fails to fascinate me. Recently, I listened to Hidden Brain’s  interview with Iain McGilchrist in which he discussed his book, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.   Pop psychology would have us believe that the right hemisphere is the seat of creativity while the […]

Pacing and the Good Samaritan

An interesting experiment attempted to measure what affected people’s propensity to help others.  The subjects of the experiment were seminary students.  They were given a Bible passage and directed to write a short talk on it, after which they were to go to another building and deliver the speech.  On their way to the building, […]

Concerted Cultivation

Intellectual ability – the measure of one’s capacity for thought and understanding – appears across a wide demographic.  With the right tools of evaluation, it is possible to find very intelligent children in every racial, cultural, and socioeconomic group.  But it is possible to be intellectually gifted and still not be successful in the long […]

Meaningful Work

When we’re fresh out of college, many of us find jobs that are not necessarily our dream careers.  We do this because we are finally on our own and suddenly have bills to pay and rent to make.  Some of us are lucky enough to find that perfect job right out of the gate, but […]

False Definitions

Today, we’re going to talk about Canadian hockey. In order to become an elite hockey player in Canada, kids as young as 4 are coached and sifted and moved up until the most talented end up in the elite leagues.  It is a system based on merit:  if you are talented and willing to work […]

Culture and Equity

I listened to a podcast recently called 10 Ways Educators can Take Action in Pursuit of Equity, and it got me thinking about culture. Culture is often a major player in equity, and when we hear “culture” in the same breath with “equity” we tend to think of the various cultures students bring with them […]