Shows Effort

… [Jean-Fran├žois] Champollion had been fascinated with the ancient Near East; he had a gift for learning languages and went on to study, among others, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Aramaic, Syriac (a form of Aramaic), and even Chinese. But his passion soon became Coptic, the language still spoken by a religious minority in Egypt. During his […]

Question Time

When I was doing teacher training in New York, one evening we had to attend a lecture by a panel of administrators. I remember two things. First was discovering the multiple galaxies of responsibility that principals have. (It’s bananas. I wouldn’t last a week.) Second was an Assistant Principal who ranted that if a student […]

Bright Ideas

1. Dress Blues This teacher intends to write “The Ballad of Draper James.”   2. Apart From That, Mr. Easterly Part of my youth was misspent studying economics. I remember this one class in development economics where I barely passed the final. The professor wrote in the blue book that it was a shame I […]

Career Coach

  Embed from Getty Images Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time, especially for the workplace. Bosses should take these pages from his playbook. Look for Talent Everywhere The current Patriots roster not only includes players who fielded different positions in college, but those who played lacrosse, rugby, and other sports. […]

Play Ball

I know not with what weapons World War Three will be fought, but World War Four will be fought with sticks and stones.   Admittedly, such a progression of events would not be ideal. But a silver lining is that those left might also play with the sticks and stones, and maybe they’d get baseball […]

The Heuristicks

If you need more than one reason to do something, Nassim Nicholas Taleb says, don’t do it. Otherwise, you’re just trying to convince yourself. I’ve been watching ABBA documentaries lately, and Taleb’s wisdom comes to mind. There seems an awful lot of explaining why ABBA are so good. They doth affirm too much, methinks. Here’s […]