Wisdom from 400 A.D. (in less than 400 words)

It was graduation weekend at Villanova, which meant there was a good chance one of the speakers was going to quote St. Augustine. A couple of the people did mention my favorite quote attributed to Augustine (at separate commencement events, fortunately). Here is the quote (at least one translation of it): Always be dissatisfied with … Continue reading Wisdom from 400 A.D. (in less than 400 words)

I Just Completed My First Coursera Course, and All I Can Say Is Wow

A few weeks ago I signed up for my first Coursera course - Introduction to Probability and Data, and today I was informed that I had successfully passed the course. The course is part of a five-course Certificate, Statistics with R Specialization (R is a computer language focused on statistical analysis); The other four courses … Continue reading I Just Completed My First Coursera Course, and All I Can Say Is Wow

Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation

I guess I'll continue with the theme from the past couple of days - college graduation. And since it's Monday, that means music related to graduation. The classic song is Sir Edward Elgar: "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 In D". The part most people (well at least me) are probably familiar with starts at … Continue reading Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation

24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

You can probably tell that graduation is on my mind; this is two straight blog posts about graduation. Yesterday I offered words of advice to college grads fro the Wall Street Journal. Today while I was not so randomly surfing the web I started reading about what commencement is like at Harvard, which got me … Continue reading 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers

Sue Shellenbarger, the Work & Family Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article recently that offered some advice for this year's college graduates. The following words of wisdom were offered: Get workplace experience before graduating. Start building a network early. Acquire technical, analytical and interpersonal skills not taught in college classes. Avoid relying … Continue reading Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers

A Thought Experiment

If students were left alone in a room to take a test, with no supervision, how many would cheat? If it's a small number, is it worth creating an elaborate set of rules and procedures to prevent such cheating? Would such rules and procedures send a message to the honest students that we don't trust … Continue reading A Thought Experiment

The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

Adam Grant is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology. He received academic tenure aged 28, making him the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School. He was ranked by students the best professor at the university from 2011 to 2017. In … Continue reading The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

There it was, staring me in the face. My wife and I had just turned on the TV to watch ABC World News Tonight, and during the intro the screen flashed the letter that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had sent to Attorney General William Barr. The first thing I noticed was the misspelling, sticking out … Continue reading Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

Snowplow Parenting

I'd never heard of the phrase "snowplow parenting" before today. But it seems like the perfect description of the style of parenting that may have been at work with the college admissions scandal that made headlines this week. The phrase was used in a New York Times story yesterday, noting that “snowplow parents” keep their children’s futures obstacle-free … Continue reading Snowplow Parenting

Music Monday: Going Back in Time, Way Back

Who would have thought that AARP, The Magazine would have provided the inspiration for this week's Music Monday. (And yes, I subscribe to, and read, the magazine geared towards those 50 and older, which according to Robert Love, editor-in-chief, is the best-read magazine in America, with 38 million readers.) In the current issue, there was … Continue reading Music Monday: Going Back in Time, Way Back