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Will our society collapse in our lifetime? The data seems to suggest…

Research suggests tomorrow will be WORSE than today. Yes, that’s right. WORSE. Much worse. The nine trends presented below are based on scientific data and these trends are headed in the wrong direction. These trends range from personal (depression) to interpersonal problems (friendship) to health issues (obesity) to societal problems (mass shootings and climate change). […] Continue reading

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Is the current system in higher education unethical? What happens when rewards don’t align with the “Right Thing” to do?

We’ve talked about ethics throughout my graduate course and I want to continue that discussion in the context of higher education. We spent a good part of a course discussing rewards systems and the importance of developing good structures to produce desirable behaviors and outcomes. Unfortunately, we have two competing issues. What do we do […] Continue reading

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Why aren’t we learning from history? Repeating the 2008 Financial Crash Sooner Than We Think

In one week, the stock market dropped 18%. The 2008 story of the financial crash is not the first; it’s the same story, but a different time. That similar story will be back sooner than we think. However, it’s not sub-prime mortgages, it’s an educational loan crisis. “Pew Research Center reported that a record one-in-five […] Continue reading

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The crux of a compassionate culture: the need for more privileged prosocial behavior

Our future Our entire society is built on the belief that people will act prosocially for others, and that individuals with power and influence with do the “right thing.” However, I am fearful of the coming years. Where are we going as a society? Has technology made us closer, more caring, and deeply connected (see […] Continue reading

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Empowering Students: Using Process-Based Feedback to Recognize for a Growth Mindset

We don’t live in silos, wind tunnels, or holes. We are in systems of people, places, and things, which includes interdependent interactions. Often, person with more power engage people with less power. For example, teachers motivate students. Managers motivate employees. Preacher motivate followers. Coaches motivate players on a team. Leaders motivate others. Clearly, we motivate each […] Continue reading

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Ethical Behavior: Is the cause a character flaw or a faulty system?

This week’s CNN front page story leads to an important question: Is bad behavior caused by a character flaw or a bad system?  “The former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools was among the educators who surrendered to authorities Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury in a cheating scandal that rocked the district and […] Continue reading

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A philosophy of science: Is the “truth” a process or an outcome?

Do you have a philosophy? We all do. But specifically.. of science? I am not referring to the assumptions and principles of science or Karl Popper’s perspective of falsifiability or the “truth” vs. not truth debate. In my opinion, every graduate student should be able to ask and answer the following question: Do you view […] Continue reading

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My Journey: Can Education Happen Entirely Online?

After my freshman year of college at Virginia Tech (VT), I seriously contemplated dropping out. Today, I am a graduate student and the biggest promoter of higher education you will ever meet.I remember sitting in one of our massive lecture halls among 400+ students and saying to myself: “This is a waste of my time. […] Continue reading

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