Peter Temin: Economic Mobility Requires the Nearly Impossible – The Atlantic

And how is one to move up from the lower group to the higher one? Education is key, Temin writes, but notes that this means plotting, starting in early childhood, a successful path to, and through, college. That’s a 16-year (or longer) plan that, as Temin compellingly observes, can be easily upended. For minorities especially, this means contending with the racially fraught trends Temin identifies earlier in his book, such as mass incarceration and institutional disinvestment in students, for example. Many

Source: Peter Temin: Economic Mobility Requires the Nearly Impossible – The Atlantic

Copying & Repetition – Zed A. Shaw

I believe Computer Science education could benefit greatly from copying and repetition at the beginner level and possibly later.  Copying is how a vast majority of programmers learned to code, but many CS educators deny this fact.  If you’re imagining yourself at 12 trying to learn to code, then I’m betting you had either a book or website with code that you copied and made work.  This should just be how we start people in programming, and not the current method of conceptual “weed out” classes. Repetition

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I try to do this when mentoring new programmers in the company I work for. I purposely google stuff that I know to hint that googling is important and should not make them ashamed. Having a model software project is also useful in a sense that I tell them this is how we believe this should be done, please try copying how they did what they did in the the model project.

Being given the permission to make mistakes.
Being given the guidance of how we believe it should be done.
Being given the latitude to make up ones mind.

Essential Things About PhilHealth Contribution, Requirements and Benefits

An excellent primer on PhilHealth

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or Philhealth is a government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) founded on February 5, 1995. Its main goal is to ensure the health of every Filipino through social health insurance regardless of social status: poor, rich, young, old, sick, healthy, working or jobless. To achieve this, all premiums paid by members are pooled nationally and in effect, there is a cross-subsidization across districts.

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Sharpen the Saw for Developers – Scott Hanselman

Create a formal mentorship program. Build it into the HR Title System. Senior Developers mentor Junior, etc. Formalize the goals for the program with HR and build it into their job description.

Give homework. “We’re doing a lot of Threading work lately, here’s some assigned reading.”

Inspire a culture of learning. If you’re (assuming you’re the Alpha Geek) not giving off an encouraging and enthusiastic vibe, your developers have little reason to be excited themselves.

Create a Thanks A Bunch Cabinet. Corillian had a great system where peers could reward peers. Our administrator, Kate, had a budget given her by the Engineering Department. I think it was less than $1000 a quarter. She’d go and get as much cool stuff as she could, each under $25. This included iTunes cards, stuff from Sharper Image, Flashlights, just nerdy stuff. If you went above and beyond in some aspect of your job, one of your peers could reward you by sending you to the TABCab. You get to go home with a cool, unexpected free gift, and your peers get to tell you you’re appreciated. It was a great system.

Source: Sharpen the Saw for Developers – Scott Hanselman

Disney InstituteVoice: What’s The Secret To Successful Teamwork? Just Be Nice

The relationship employees have with each other clearly plays a critical role in creating an effective team, keeping employees happier over time, and ultimately, impacting an organization’s overall success.

So, what was the secret ingredient in how these successful teams treated one another? Simply said, being nice! Which made perfect sense to us.

Source: Disney InstituteVoice: What’s The Secret To Successful Teamwork? Just Be Nice

seriously, the guy has a point | gregfallis.com

Fearless Girl also changes the meaning of Charging Bull. Instead of being a symbol of “the strength and power of the American people” as Di Modica intended, it’s now seen as an aggressive threat to women and girls — a symbol of patriarchal oppression. In effect, Fearless Girl has appropriated the strength and power of Charging Bull. Of course Di Modica is outraged by that. A global investment firm has used a global advertising firm to create a faux work of guerrilla art to subvert and change the meaning of

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The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

By some coincidence, the day before the Boston barbecue, I was flaneuring in New York, and I dropped by the office of a friend I wanted to prevent from working, that is, engage in an activity that when abused, causes the loss of mental clarity, in addition to bad posture and loss of definition in the facial features. The French physicist Serge Galam happened to be visiting and chose the friend’s office to kill time. Galam was first to apply these renormalization techniques to social matters and political sc

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