Tag: Education

The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees

The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees
Since news broke of an Equifax data breach impacting around half of the adults in the United States people have been trying to sort out how this happened. Someone eventually covered a detail that was clearly considered damning evidence. Equifax’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the time of the breach was *gasp!* a music major. Since... Read more »

Notes in the margins: The impact of great teachers

Notes in the margins: The impact of great teachers
The impact of a great teacher often goes beyond the syllabus and away from the subject they are supposed to be teaching. Sometimes the things you remember most are the notes in the margins, the extra things that they said perhaps largely for themselves. But some of us still listen. Sometime during the fall of... Read more »

Learning to code is NOT the new literacy

People keep promoting the need for everyone from kids to mid-career professionals to learn how to write computer code. The argument is that in the very near future (if we aren’t there already) learning how to code will be as important as learning to read and write. An article in Mother Jones asked, “Is Coding... Read more »
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Do they still teach typing in school?

Do they still teach typing in school?
Many people have become concerned that cursive is no longer being taught in school. I saw the effect of this when one of our high school interns had trouble transcribing a meeting attendance sheet because some of the names were written in cursive. As someone who rarely uses cursive except for my signature (which is really... Read more »

Bats flying into plywood: The business school lesson I remember most

It has been 15 years since I earned my MBA and almost 20 years since I earned my bachelor’s in information systems from the same business school. Since then I have forgotten a lot of detatils from classes like Finance, Economics, and COBOL programming. There are, however, lessons I remember. One of those happens to... Read more »

STEM education for girls: Too little, too late, too pink

STEM education for girls: Too little, too late, too pink
Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields, but how can we get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math? To date many STEM education initiatives have taken the sex ed approach. Girls are isolated from the boys and given their own, gender-specific, introduction to coding, building, and problem solving. The intentions are good, but... Read more »
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A STEM girl's confession: I was bad at math too

A STEM girl's confession: I was bad at math too
The response to my post about why you should stop saying you are bad at math was mostly supportive, but it still dredged up the exact sort of enraging comments that inspired the post in the first place. A few women, some of them friends who I otherwise admire, chose to reply with jokes or excuses along... Read more »

Girls aren't bad at math and neither are you

Girls aren't bad at math and neither are you
Stop saying you are “bad at math.” Just stop. I don’t understand how otherwise well-educated people can be so comfortable casually proclaiming their lack of knowledge of a basic subject. In America saying “I’m bad at math” is a common joke. It’s almost a humblebrag. How did we let ignorance become funny? Imagine this interaction occurring... Read more »