This Week in Comments: November 19th—November 26th, 2017

Some good ones this week. Did you make the cut? 

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Some Schools Are Abolishing Homework In Favor Of Reading, And That's A Good Thing


Steve Neumann: Homework teaches kids a lot of things that have little to do with academic gains. The vast majority of what kids learn in school has zero practical application in their personal lives. What kids are learning is how to learn, and learning how to work. Homework, especially in later grades teaches kids to draw upon a previous learning experience and apply it on their own independently. The sum of your knowledge is what you can do ON YOUR OWN. If you can't get through content without a helping hand after you have learned it, you don't own it. Rarely is that level of mastery achieved instantly in class, but requires practice and repetition. Doing homework builds confidence in kids that they can learn and master something and this skill translates into workplace competence. Successful people are able to learn skills and then use them fluently without needing a babysitter or overseer to direct their productivity. The abandonment of homework really is the abandonment of mastery. From my vantage point, one thing I see with younger generations as a product of their schooling is an overconfidence in their knowledge set. The internet has created easy access to endless information, but it does not encourage ownership or mastery of that content. Parroting content or cutting and pasting does not mean you know those things. If you didn't know it before you Googled it, chances are you still don't know it after Googling it. We have embraced a superficial understanding of the world and passed it off as knowledge, and this is reflected in the growing intellectual dark ages where science is shunned in favor of pseudo-science and conspiracy theories. Greater attention should be given, perhaps, to maximize the meaning of homework, but I think there will be negative consequences long term for the effectiveness of students. Practice makes perfect applies to everything in life. Our society wants instant gratification and instant mastery that simply does not exist.

Hey Bill Nye! Can Science Eradicate Religion and Myth from Politics?


Ryan Pemberton: Religion in politics is like cancer in the body. It will kill you eventually.


4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience

Patrick ZyramWhat's worked for me: Workout=endorphins. Switch to a Whole foods, plant based lifestyle will eliminate inflammation caused by processed foods & animal products including in the brain which can cause depression. Avoid a**holes as much as possible. Spend time in nature.


How to Live Like Lebowski: 2 Ideas About Sneaking Up On Letting Go

Dane Stone

didn't read it. Like the idea 

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America

A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.

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  • Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
  • The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
  • According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
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Douglas Rushkoff – It’s not the technology’s fault

It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.

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  • It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
  • Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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