Why do we keep paving the cowpaths?

Derek Sivers says that we should let pedestrians define the walkways.  Here’s his anecdote: A new college campus was built, but one thing was still debated: where in the grass should we put the paved walkways? Some people thought the walkways should go around the grass, to leave it green. Some thought the walkways shouldContinue reading “Why do we keep paving the cowpaths?”

The aggregation of marginal strains

Maybe I am just over-thinking things at the moment.  Today I saw a boy sitting on his own with his hands holding his head.  He’s fed up. Stressed.  Lonely.  I don’t really know, of course, but that’s what is going through my mind.  So many people are suffering from the cumulative impact of COVID, andContinue reading “The aggregation of marginal strains”

Whatever happened to Goldilocks?

Perseverance, NASA’s Mars Rover, successfully landed on the Red Planet this week to search for signs of ancient microbial life, and to advance the quest to explore the past habitability of Mars. Wow. I know this because my children asked to stay up well past their bedtime to watch the landing happening live on YouTube.Continue reading “Whatever happened to Goldilocks?”

Education reform has a ‘Wizard of Oz’ problem

In the Wizard of Oz, the heroine, Dorothy, finds herself on a quest with three companions; a scarecrow in need of a brain, a tin man with no heart, and a lion without courage. In our uncertain times, as schools seek to navigate the complexity of the immediate future and think about how they needContinue reading “Education reform has a ‘Wizard of Oz’ problem”

When you try to please everyone, you can end up pleasing no one

This week, I was thinking about Aesop’s Fable, “ The Miller, His Son, and Their Ass “ while I was reflecting on my parenting skills at the end of another 168 hours of lockdown… If you are not familiar with the story, a miller and his son take their ass to the market to sellContinue reading “When you try to please everyone, you can end up pleasing no one”