WE BEGIN with a glimpse at the future of education:
The Global Arbitrage of Online Work
Quentin Hardy, OCTOBER 10, 2012
Recently two of the biggest online staffing companies, oDesk and Elance, have released surveys concerning the companies that hire workers over the Internet to do things like write software, and the mindset of online workers themselves.
Education alone probably won’t help you get hired. Only 6 percent of the survey respondents rated schooling as a “very important” reason to hire someone. It was the lowest-rated reason to hire someone. Work experience was first, followed by how other people rated the contractor, pay, portfolio of work, references, and scores on skills tests that oDesk offers online.
In the future, having a degree may be helpful, but having a reputation will be even better.
NOW for the real subject at hand:
It’s Not Me, It’s You [aka "conditional stupidity"]
Annie Murphy Paul, October 6, 2012
Experiments show that when people report feeling comfortable with a conversational partner, they are judged by those partners and by observers as actually being more witty.
It’s just one example of the powerful influence that social factors can have on intelligence. As parents, teachers and students settle into the school year, this work should prompt us to think about intelligence not as a “lump of something that’s in our heads,” as the psychologist Joshua Aronson puts it, but as “a transaction among people.”
-truth, people, social dynamics, reality, the construction of reality, ‘quantum’
-truth becomes irrelevant. you tell them they are smart, and they become smart
-ignore the truth, make shit up, and watch it become reality
"Mr. Aronson, an associate professor at
, has been a leader in
investigating the effects of social forces on academic achievement. Along with
the psychologist Claude Steele, he identified the phenomenon known as “stereotype threat.” Members of groups
believed to be academically inferior — African-American and Latino students
enrolled in college, or female students in math and science courses — score
much lower on tests when reminded beforehand of their race or gender." New York University
-if you believe you are inferior, you will score lower on tests.
please follow to the next logical extension:
High-Stakes Testing as the Inverse of Morality