Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

I am currently teaching a group of students from Villanova who are studying abroad in Singapore. One of the best parts of studying abroad for students (OK, and me too) seems to be using their long weekends to travel to surrounding countries. So far, the students have taken trips to Bali, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and … Continue reading Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

Grateful

It was a wonderful feeling of pure gratitude. Today, my wife, son, and I had the opportunity to join my students on a one-day trip to Malaysia. Everything about the day was perfect - the weather, the people, the bus, the lines at immigration, the places we visited, the meals we ate. Late in the … Continue reading Grateful

Outdone Once Again, This Time by a Nine-Year Old

A couple of days ago I wrote about how I thought I was pretty good at planking, going for almost five minutes. That sense of superiority went completely away when I read that the current world record is over 10 hours. And just a few weeks ago I wrote about how I had successfully relearned … Continue reading Outdone Once Again, This Time by a Nine-Year Old

I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

A recent article on Forbes.com by Brandon Busteed had the eye-catching headline "Americans Rank A Google Internship Over A Harvard Degree". The results are based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in December by QuestResearch Group on behalf of Kaplan. When asked what they believe would be most helpful for a high school … Continue reading I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

The Best Ads of 2019, Courtesy of Marketing Birds

I think at heart I must be a frustrated ad-man. I love great commercials and ads, as well as clever marketing campaigns. So imagine my excitement when I received an email today that Marketing Birds had compiled an ebook that featured the best ads of 2019. It's been a while since I've featured something from Marketing … Continue reading The Best Ads of 2019, Courtesy of Marketing Birds

Is This Any Way to Go to College?

A story in the Wall Street Journal took a look at LSU quarterback Joe Burrow's lifestyle at LSU. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy last night, given to the best player in college football. However, as the story notes, Burrow actually spends very little time on campus. Burrow transferred to LSU early in the summer of … Continue reading Is This Any Way to Go to College?

Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines what 15-year old students know in reading, mathematics, and science, and what they can do with what they know. It provides the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student learning outcomes to date. Results from PISA indicate the … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

I don't know if it's the sentimental nature of the holiday season, but I've had tears streaming down my face three times this week. I've written many times about how much I like TV commercials, particularly at this time of the year. Many companies are starting to release their holiday ads, and many of you … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

Brain Teaser Tuesday: Where Is the Missing Dollar?

This is another brain teaser problem I came across when I was probably around 12 years old. I'll admit it stumped me back then, even after I knew the answer, and it still does so today. Here's the riddle: Three guests check into a hotel room. The manager says the bill is $30, so each … Continue reading Brain Teaser Tuesday: Where Is the Missing Dollar?

Nice Try, but You Can’t Blame the Calculator

A few days ago, an Oklahoma judge acknowledged that he was three decimal places off when he originally calculated the amount Johnson & Johnson should pay for its role in the state’s opioids crisis. The mistake came when he was assessing various costs to the state to deal with addiction and prevention issues stemming from … Continue reading Nice Try, but You Can’t Blame the Calculator