Recently, I disobeyed a cardinal rule of the Internet and decided to read comments on an article I once published in the Missoula Independent. I had begun writing about raising my daughters on very little income, which opened me up to a lot of criticism. One comment in particular stuck with me: “Her writing at once presents her life as being self-determined and [resulting from] a series of purposeful choices while claiming the right to be looked at as a victim of circumstances, of the system.” Drawing upon common stereotypes, this commenter accused me of choosing to be poor, wallowing in it, and even capitalizing on it by writing about my experiences. Continue reading
Intriguing to consider given our commonly held view of money as an effective & beneficial motivator... "This lends support for the recent psychological theory that the undermining effect is closely linked to a decreased sense of self-determination (3-5)."
And if monetary reward is having this kind of influence on the neurological level, I wonder what debt is doing?
Poverty is a trap children are born into: No child has ever chosen to be poor. Children have never caused the poverty that defines their lives, and their education. Yet, the adults with political, corporate, and educational wealth and power—who demand "no excuses" from schools and teachers serving the new majority of impoverished children in…
Jerry Buchko's insight:
Was reminded of this interesting perspective piece during a recent conversation with some of my educator colleagues.
The RSA tends to put out some really interesting talks and reports. Like TED, but for people with longer attention spans and a desire to take both a broader & deeper dive into various topics. ;) Here's a recent report on Makerspaces that looks intriguing.
Every time Uber, the Web-based taxi intermediary, enters a new city, it provokes controversy about its race-to-the-bottom business practices and bullying of regulators and politicians. The problem with Uber and other network-based intermediaries...
Jerry Buchko's insight:
About developing a more discerning understanding of platform technologies, their economics & social impacts. Good read.
Life consists of units within units. In the biological world, we have genes, individuals, groups, species, and ecosystems – all nested within the biosphere. In the human world, we have genes, individuals, families, villages and cities, provinces, and nations – all nested within the global village. In both worlds, a problem lurks at every rung […]
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