“The sunken-cost fallacy is reminiscent of the state of functional programming in the 1980’s. At that time, functional programmers were spread across several different languages and the user dilution that resulted impaired progress within their domain. The community recognized that to make significant headway they needed to regroup and unify their efforts. They could go fast alone, but farther together. They recognized their sunken costs and formed a committee to build a federated language that would cohere their efforts. That language became Haskell, one of the best modern programming languages in use today.”
“Dr. Anderson’s instinct, he said, is that of a “social justice thinker” who is “evening the scales a little bit.” He said that the children he sees with academic problems are essentially “mismatched with their environment” — square pegs chafing the round holes of public education. Because their families can rarely afford behavior-based therapies like tutoring and family counseling, he said, medication becomes the most reliable and pragmatic way to redirect the student toward success.”
“Kenneth Koch, the author of Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry, was a revolutionary educator who brought poetry to thousands of public school children in New York City. He famously argued that the best poetry refuses to “condescend” to the minds of children. If we care about how well our students write, we should not condescend and limit their exploration of language, either. We should make sure students have the space in schools to learn that they can write, and develop a lifelong passion for words. Poetry is the way to do this.”

What a 5MB Hard Drive Looked Like is 1956:

‘In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first ‘SUPER’ computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5 MB of data.’ 
Texomatube via Retronaught (Thanks @Atul)
“In today’s incredibly exciting yet overwhelming world of connected digital devices, these are the truths we hold to be self-evident:”
“When looking for successful leaders, companies want a blend of experience, knowledge and skills…”
“traumatic experiences can leave epigenetic marks that alter the stress response in offspring. Epigenetic factors combined with genetic variations could also explain why some people are more susceptible to stress than others, and why some of those exposed to the World Trade Centre attacks went on to develop PTSD while others did not.”

There’s an established, proven curriculum that uses mindfulness to help people develop life-skills that will lead them towards happiness. It focuses on creating habits around three universal qualities:

* Making compassion a habit.
* Making concentration a habit.
* Making balance a habit.

“Leaders are not what many people think–people with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see whether anyone is following them. “Leadership qualities” are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. The include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, determination, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly. This is the opposite of the “charisma” that we hear so much about.”
— John Holt, Patrick Farenga, in: Teach your own: the John Holt book of homeschooling, p. 64 [via Caterina.net» Blog Archive » Make things]
“Carstensen believes that the ability to feel happiness and sadness at the same time has to do with an increasing awareness of life’s fragility.”
“There is so much you can do to prepare for the world, but really, you grow only as you succeed or fail.”
“The type and intensity of direct instruction we give children, from a very young age, has a profound impact on how they approach learning and creative exploration. They found that too much direct instruction—showing a child what to do, rather than letting him figure out the solution himself—can severely affect his ability and/or instinct to independently and creatively solve problems, or to explore multiple potential solutions.”