June 23 - June 30, 2019

An excellent selection this week, starting with the two feature posts exploring specialists versus generalists in today's work world.  The story about the US Navy ship USS Gabrielle Giffords deeply examines life aboard a new ship that has significantly shrunk its crew and calls on all members to stretch expertise in a range of ways.  The article reflects in a balanced way on the benefits and drawbacks of an environment full of broadly educated, ongoing learners.

The piece on non-verbal communication is a terrific reminder that the way we see things is not always the way they are.

And the article on HR is a provocative post that includes the history of HR offices.  Remarkably interesting!




"The Case For Generalists"  Medium
"The challenge we all face is how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience, interdisciplinary thinking, and delayed concentration in a world that increasingly incentivizes, and even demands, hyper-specialization. While it is undoubtedly true that there are areas that require individuals with Tiger’s precocity and clarity of purpose, as complexity increases — as technology spins the world into vaster webs of interconnected systems in which each individual only sees a small part — we also need more Rogers: people who start broad and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives while they progress. People with range."

Generalists or Experts: Which Is Better? The Case Of The USS Gabrielle Giffords  Atlantic
"Minimal manning—and with it, the replacement of specialized workers with problem-solving generalists—isn’t a particularly nautical concept. Indeed, it will sound familiar to anyone in an organization who’s been asked to “do more with less”—which, these days, seems to be just about everyone… In 20 years, we’ll know a lot more about the costs and benefits of minimal manning and lifelong learning. But nobody on the Giffords was pondering that after the crew finished its unloading job… Everybody I met on the Giffords seemed to share that mentality. They regarded every minute on board—even during a routine transit back to port in San Diego Harbor—as a chance to learn something new."


Now Full Cities Are Voting To Ban Juul And E-Cigarette Sales Entirely  Bloomberg


On Skills Mapping Your Curriculum  Education Dive


We All Digest Food Differently. Here Marks The Beginning Of Personalized Nutrition  Guardian
"The aim of this study – Predict, a collaboration between King’s College London and Harvard and Stanford medical schools in the US – is to measure thousands of people’s responses to different foods and discover why, when it comes to health, different diets suit different people. The hope is that when enough data has been gathered researchers (using AI), and eventually an app called Zoe, will be able to predict individual healthy and unhealthy food choices for each of us."


On The Value Of Telling The Life Stories Of Historical Figures  Middle Web


"The Cryptic Language Of Non-Verbal Communication"  Medium
"The feet are the most honest part of the body. If you’re not confident, you tend to turn them away, toward the exit."


Tips For Implementing A Significant Pedagogical Change As A School  EdWeek

The "Future Press Release" - A Tool For Clarifying Your Vision  Inc.


Writing Very Long Essays Returns To The High School Curriculum  Washington Post


On Teaching A.I. In High School  EdWeek


Georgia Town Builds Largest Solar Panel Assembly Plant In The World  NPR


Google Releases "Six Principles For Designing Any Chart"  Medium


A Deep Dive Into The Role Of HR In Preventing Sexual Harassment  Atlantic

Can Classroom Design Promote Creativity And Collaboration?  Hechinger Report


"The Pianist And The Lobster" - An Errol Morris/NYT Multimedia Collaboration  NYTimes
"One of the world’s greatest pianists takes the stage. He panics. Where is the plastic lobster? He doesn’t know. He only knows he can’t play without it."