Journal

Journal

Picking Apart the Daisy Chain: Standardized Tests as Predictors of Success

Remember Elle?  The fashion-obsessed sorority girl that follows her ex-boyfriend (somewhat improbably) to Harvard Law School and despite her non-traditional background manages to win a highly publicized murder trial, all while wearing her defining hot pink dress?  Hollywood fantasy, right? Maybe not.  Or at least, not entirely. In Episode 2 of Season 4 of Revisionist […]

The Tortoise, the Hare, and the LSAT

FINALLY, Malcolm Gladwell is back with season 4 of his Revisionist History podcast and he does not disappoint.  In the first episode, he explores the LSAT from one highly specific perspective:  time. Performance on the LSAT determines what law school students get into; those who are both accurate and fast do best on the tightly timed sections […]

Move It or Lose It

Classrooms have traditionally been sedentary places. Well-behaved children sit in their desks and quietly absorb the information teachers offer and spit it back on tests and quizzes. If they work hard, they do well. If they don’t…well, they should have worked harder. But this is 2019 and we know that for some, sitting still in […]

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 […]