“In the June 2010 Harvard Business Review, Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, wrote a column entitled ‘You Are What You Measure.’ In it, he thoughtfully prods business leaders to consider the problematic correlation between the tools for measuring progress and actual organizational progress. ‘Human beings,’ writes Ariely, ‘will adjust behavior based on the metrics they’re held against. What you measure is what you’ll get.’ In short, assessments drive outcomes, but these outcomes may not be optimal in either the short or long run. Teachers and schools assess what they value in the learning experience. There is a growing awareness in independent and public schools, however, that the skills that have been — and, in some cases, are still being — assessed are not the skills that will optimize our students’ ability to be successful in the 21st-century global economy.” | by William Taylor
We received a lot of questions from our students about “Black Friday” this fall. It seems the play up to the annual start of the holiday shopping frenzy grows earlier with each passing year. If your students are like ours, many did not understand the hype around this day, how it affects the economy, or for that matter, why it is so important to the bottom line of so many companies.
Interactive infographic on Financial Literacy.
In November 2011 I was taking one of the first MOOCs from Stanford. At that time, many new MOOCs were being announced and I started Class Central as a way to keep track of them and figure out what I should take next. The website gathers course listings through provider sites, social media, and tips