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I agree with everything you are saying. I think the lack of recess time (luckily my son’s school still has recess & PE) is probably a HUGE contributing factor. As it is, most schools have one long recess before or after lunch when boys would benefit immensely from having 3 or 4 short recess breaks to play outside throughout the day. I believe the girls would benefit, too, but the boys NEED it. And yes, I think we have a real bias in education in this country with our thinking that everyone must read & understand Shakespeare and everyone must go to college to be successful.
I often say that there are things my daughter is very good at and there are things my son is very good at; the things my daugher is good at just happen to be the things that are measured in public school. My son is good at things that aren’t necessarily measureable on a standardized test, but in some cases I think he has more practical knowledge of the world than my daughter just by virtue of his risk-taking personality and extremely observant penchant for all things electronic. (My son’s teacher loves to tell the story of how he fixed the active board in her classroom in front of the district employee who was hired to do so.)
“There is no easy cure for the paradox of power. Mr. Keltner argues that the best treatment is transparency, and that the worst abuses of power can be prevented when people know they’re being monitored. This suggests that the mere existence of a regulatory watchdog or an active board of directors can help discourage people from doing bad things.”
First, I’d ask “Who’s asking for the cure?” Those in power generally won’t care. Those without power won’t be able to make a difference. But, if assume an aspiring person doesn’t want to experience ‘typical’ problems associated with potential increases in power on the way to the top, I think there is a simple cure: self-awareness and humility.
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