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Another Week Ends: A Dark Consensus, Social Credit, Untrainable People, New <i>Detective</i>, Complicit Christianity, and the Unimportance of Jerry Seinfeld

Another Week Ends: A Dark Consensus, Social Credit, Untrainable People, New Detective, Complicit Christianity, and the Unimportance of Jerry Seinfeld

1. A fascinating parable appeared on NPR this week, a 5-minute radio story about China’s “social credit system.” Apparently, this system of credit scoring functions like the US’s in that your financial history affects your financial future: it differs, though, in that “China’s system also considers information like what you buy and how you treat […]

Another Week Ends: Trophy Rage, Thriving, Cave Churches, Flannery's Freedom, Cheap Trick, and Facebook Love

Another Week Ends: Trophy Rage, Thriving, Cave Churches, Flannery’s Freedom, Cheap Trick, and Facebook Love

1. We all love The Incredibles, right? It’s as good a movie as Pixar has made, which is saying a lot (rumors of a sequel are legit!). And we all remember the rant that Bob Parr goes on in the middle of the film, when he objects to attending his son’s “graduation” from the fifth […]

Can't Buy Me Love, or Peace, or Happiness, or God

Can’t Buy Me Love, or Peace, or Happiness, or God

An oldie but a goodie from education guru and all around anti-judgement icon Alfie Kohn from The NY Times back in 1999, entitled “The High Price of Affluence.” You might say the insights here are fairly self-evident – money doesn’t buy happiness, yawn, i.e. the ultimate cultural truism that no one functionally believes – but […]

I Love You If...: Motivation, Obedience and Conditional Parenting

I Love You If…: Motivation, Obedience and Conditional Parenting

An absurdly relevant article from maverick educator Alfie Kohn in the NY Times entitled “When A Parent’s Love Comes With Conditions”. It turns out that the Grace in Practice/Beyond Deserving description of reality stands up under the microscope. Once again, motivation itself proves to be both the most telling aspect of a relationship, but also […]

Interesting Quote from Alfie Kohn

Interesting Quote from Alfie Kohn

From the prominent author/education expert’s 2001 book Punished By Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes (great title! ht Ethan Richardson): “Letting [students] know their performance is going to be evaluated is sometimes said to provide ‘accountability’–a buzzword in both the public and private sectors–and to push people to […]