Archive for the ‘education’ Category

why nations fail by daron acemoglu and james a robinson

I first came across Why Nations Fail at my local Half Price Books. After seeing it on the shelves a couple times, but still being unsure about whether I really wanted to read it or not, I reserved it at my local library. Now I wish I had bought it (and likely will) – Daron [...]

April 16, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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the seven stages of expertise

I recently found The Seven Stages of Expertise in Software Engineering. Stage 1: Innocent barely knowledgeable if at all Stage 2: Exposed seeking knowledge Stage 3: Apprentice has read case studies and tries to apply those techniques Stage 4: Practitioner can actually apply concepts learned in one context to a not-identical context Stage 5: Journeyman [...]

April 3, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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what is the “new” python?

9 years ago, Paul Graham made a controversial statement: [W]hen you choose a language, you’re also choosing a community. The programmers you’ll be able to hire to work on a Java project won’t be as smart as the ones you could get to work on a project written in Python. And the quality of your [...]

July 1, 2013 · antipaucity · 4 Comments
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reference materials

I learned recently that my wonderful wife was never taught how to use a dictionary, thesaurus, almanac, or encyclopedia as a child in school. Not all of that can be because she went to public school whereas I was homeschooled. Nor can it merely be that she grew up in KY and I in NY. [...]

March 1, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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organizational knowledge capture, retention, and dissemination

Knowledge capture, retention, and dissemination has been an interest of mine for a long time. I have written about various aspects of it before. The most vital commodity any organization has is the knowledge of its members – it does not matter if it is a historical society, company, church, or school: the organizational knowledge [...]

February 10, 2013 · antipaucity · One Comment
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redecentralizing school

I have a very long-term interest in education. As I look at the current public education “system” in the US, I can see a variety of major problems. The biggest problem, endemic of any system built around the premise that the only people who should be together all day long should all be “similar”. Somewhere [...]

February 8, 2013 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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mastery by robert greene

In Mastery, Robert Greene continues in the style of his excellent work, The 48 Laws of Power (which I previously reviewed and have been posting excerpts from). Sadly, it is not quite to the level of The 48 Laws – though it still a good book. Unbeknownst to me, I’ve already been practicing most of what [...]

January 28, 2013 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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the basque history of the world by mark kurlansky

I have long been interested in the Basque people; first introduced to them nearly 13 years ago in an introduction to terrorism class (a year and a half before it was “cool”) with the separatist group ETA. So it was with great interest I grabbed The Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky off [...]

January 10, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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ghosts in the fog by samantha seiple

For much of my life I have been interested in WWII - my grandpa Myers was in the Navy in the Pacific theater on a mine sweeper. My dad read extensively on the war, largely because of his father, and passed along an interest in military history  - the navy in particular – and intriguing stories [...]

January 2, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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the art of war by sun tzu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is one of the oldest texts in the world, and the oldest known treatise on warfare. It has become de rigueur in war colleges, business schools, and other venues. Most people have incorporated at least part of Sun Tzu’s teaching and thinking in their lives as leaders – [...]

December 17, 2012 · antipaucity · 13 Comments
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