Education never exists in a vacuum. Here's what we've been reading this week.

Andrew McAffee: What will future jobs look like?

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"In this TED talk an economist outlines trends in the global job market,
particularly the growing divide between middle class workers who have
and do not have the skills to fully engage in a technology-dominated
future."

Brett, product manager

Don't Blame the Work Force

"This controversial editorial from the New York Times suggests that the skills gap isn't so real, it's that companies simply don't want to pay skilled workers what they are worth."

Douglas, code literacy evangelist

How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity

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Fascinating read on coffee's relationship to creativity. "I thought I was hardcore, but Balzac takes the cake: 'He pulverized coffee beans into a fine dust and ingested the dry powder on an empty stomach. He described the approach as 'horrible, rather brutal,' to be tried only by men of 'excessive vigor.'”

Zach, co-founder

In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

"Takeaways:

  • Brainteasers are useless
  • GPAs are worthless
  • Consistency == good leadership"

Amjad, lead engineer

Apple: Making a difference, one app at a time

"This new marketing video focuses on people creating apps to solve meaningful problems like remote healthcare and helping children who can't communicate in traditional ways. It underlines the "I'm not a programmer - I just wanted to solve this problem" message that gets to the core of learning to code."

— Brett, product manager

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