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Week 31, 2019 Attitudes

August 04, 2019

The Problem with Educational Policy

The problem with educational policy is that it is hardly influenced by scientific considerations derived from the topics taught, and almost entirely determined by extra-scientific circumstances such as the combined expectations of the students, their parents and their future employers, and the prevailing view of the role of the university: is the stress on training its graduates for today’s entry-level jobs or to providing its alumni with the intellectual bagage and attitudes that will last them another 50 years? — Dr. Edsger W. Dijkstra 1988 1

A 3x5 index card

I’m gonna to try this:

Each night before you go to bed, prepare a 3x5 index card with a short list of 3 to 5 things that you will do the next day. Use the back of the 3x5 card as your Anti-Todo List to record what you have done in that day. — Marc Andreessen 2