Category Archives: Education

Structures, Outcomes, Term Limits

Capitol Hill

I had a fascinating discussion with a smart friend of mine—a professor of women and gender studies—where we discussed the plight of the U.S. economic and political system. My perspective was that the rules set by our government have distorted the economics that make capitalism a productive system. My perception of her argument was that…

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Thinking About Thinking

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In recent research (Shraiky, Markette & Markette, in press), we explored what working graduate students valued most from their graduate education. Consistently, successful graduates from diverse masters programs ranging from design, business, nursing, and education noted that critical thinking was the most valuable benefit of graduate school. It gave us reason to ponder why haven’t…

A Grad Student’s Reflection: Optimista Vagyok

Kevin Earl

By Kevin Earl  Everyone needs words to live by, philosophies that guide their choices. Christian Frederick Nielsen Twede, my great, great, great grandfather, had his rules for the day that he recorded in his journal in 1887, which I included four years ago in a blog post about New Year’s resolutions. Some of his rules…

Got Arithmophobia?

Learning Maths

Many people fear math or suffer from arithmophobia; one of my artist friends refers to math as a “dark art.” A group of clever doctoral students created an answer—StudyGeek.org . This free site includes lessons, games, and free math solvers. StudyGeek.org takes a fun approach to math. The site has an easy-to-digest tone making concepts…

Starting Over…PHD Drop-Out

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by Cali Pitchel, Belief Agency In kindergarten I changed my name to Sarah Dunlevy-Michaelson. This was a hybrid of sorts, the first and last names of classmates and friends. Upon changing my identity, I told my teachers and fellow kindergarteners that my parents were dead, and I proudly announced (inspired by my favorite storybook at…

Five Great Books for under $15

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Looking for a good read to challenge or refresh your thinking? Here are five classics (or at least favorites) that range from simple to soulful. For less than $15, you can add all of these to your bookshelf—or tablet for you Millennials. The One Minute Manager (Blanchard & Johnson, 1982). This may be the first…

Mandela’s Leadership Legacy: The Power of Grit

Nelson Mandela visiting Robben Island cell

In 1976, I was in 7th grade social studies when I first learned about caste systems and apartheid. I recall being completely dumbstruck thinking, “How could this be the case in the modern world?” After all, in 1976 we celebrated the country’s bicentennial! It was difficult for my 12 year-old mind to digest. For the…

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving II

President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.” Washington’s proclamation of a day for the nation to stop and thank God has seen many legal iterations. However, it is essentially the…

Education Policy & Cross-Pollination: one-size-fits-all Doesn’t Fit

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There is an old story that tells the tale of a central administrator in the U.S. Army who wanted to design the perfect uniform. This administrator went about measuring thousands of troops’ sizes. After collecting his data, the administrator created the perfect uniform based on the average of all the sizes he recorded—the new uniform…

“The Dark Night” of Leadership

JFK

In a recent talk with emerging leaders at Houston Baptist University, I approached a rarely discussed leadership topic—the dark night of leadership—the feeling of isolation and abandonment in the midst of serving one’s constituents. In the 6th Century, San Juan de la Cruz penned a poem, “The Dark Night,” that lamented his tormented state despite…