‘I’ll have what she’s having’ – how and why we copy the choices of others

The choice of flavor may be up to you, but the number of scoops will depend on your friends.

Imagine you're dining out at a casual restaurant with some friends. After looking over the menu, you decide to order the steak. But then, after a dinner companion orders a salad for their main course, you declare: “I'll have the salad too."

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Pick any of the big topics of the day – Brexit, climate change or Trump's immigration policies – and wander online.

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Self-directed learning: How ‘unschoolers’ control their education

The factory model of education is outdated, so what's next?

  • Conventional schooling was largely designed with an industrial-revolution mindset. However, this factory model of education doesn't hold up today. Our access to technology allows learning to happen beyond the conventional classroom.
  • Unschooling serves as a reinvention of education that invites students to indulge in their natural curiosity on their individual path to knowledge.
  • This video is supported by yes. every kid., an initiative that aims to rethink education from the ground up by connecting innovators in a shared mission to conquer "one size fits all" education reform.
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Here’s how Aristotle can help you master the power of persuasion

Logos, pathos, and ethos can help you bring people over to your side.

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Persuasion is about so much more than just getting someone to see things your way. It can actually be a great tool to ease workplace stress — you can use it to get your team aligned around a goal.

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Why top-down reform won't save the education system

Countless top-down reforms haven't improved the U.S. education system; can community-based education make a difference?

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  • A new report from the RAND Corporation details another top-down initiative that failed to improve student achievement.
  • Community-based education reform creates coalitions of stakeholders to support lifelong learning.
  • Though barriers exist, such reform could synthesize the best of top-down and bottom-up reform.
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