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Thursday, January 18, 2007
"Her mentor warned her to never pour tea. 'Once you do,' said the woman, 'the men in the office associate you with the women in pink who pour tea; they'll think that's all you can do. You'll never gain back their respect.'" Interview with author Veronica Chambers-

Friday, January 12, 2007
"The US Jewish Establishment’s onslaught on former President Jimmy Carter is based on him daring to tell the truth which is known to all." Commentary by Shulamit Aloni, Israel's Minister of Education under Yitzhak Rabin- The Bridge, Ynet

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
"Because Tufte... can look back and show they were wrong, and then point to discrepancies in their presentation, does not mean the fault lies in the presentation, nor in the tool used to present it." Don Norman regarding presentations-
"There is no sign of engineering discipline here, except in the back-up slides." Edward Tufte on NASA presentations-

"The slides do not display a sense of engineering intelligence or discipline. In the main report, there is a persistent habit of dequantification and a general absence of units of measurement. The back-up slides are more quantified and at a higher intellectual level. Several of the slides look like they were produced by a designer lacking in scientific training."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
"A 'balance of power' among ethnic groups may be the reason that students in ethnically diverse schools feel safer and less vulnerable." Notice regarding an article in Psychological Science- UCLA News
"Rather than addressing structural inequities along the K-12 pipeline, schools continue to rely on standardized curriculum and high-stakes assessments, which yield statistically unreliable, inappropriate measures of student knowledge." Press release- UCLA News
"While democracies often spend more money than non-democracies on public services such as health and education, a higher proportion of these services go to the middle and upper classes rather than to the poor." Notice regarding an article in the American Journal of Political Science- UCLA News
"Social skills and motivation have large payoffs in the labor market." James Heckman on education- The University of Chicago Chronicle

Thursday, November 09, 2006
"Put you and a Neanderthal in the woods and the latter would probably survive a lot longer. It's within the social realm where modern humans have an advantage." Dan Adler of Connecticut University on the culture of Neanderthals- The Scotsman
"A juncture where the stakes seem preternaturally high, diverging between creativity and premature destruction." A comment on adolescence from an article about photographs of the Los Angeles punk music scene in the early 1980's- L.A. Weekly



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