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What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers -
MAY 22, 2015 | NYT | By ROBERT J. SHILLER.

The successful occupations, by this measure, shared certain characteristics: People who practiced them needed complex communication skills and expert knowledge. Such skills included an ability to convey “not just information but a particular interpretation of information.” They said that expert knowledge was broad, deep and practical, allowing the solution of “uncharted problems.”

These attributes may not be as beneficial in the future. But the study certainly suggests that a college education needs to be broad and general, and not defined primarily by the traditional structure of separate departments staffed by professors who want, most of all, to be at the forefront of their own narrow disciplines.....In a separate May 5 statement, Prof. Sean D. Kelly, chairman of the General Education Review Committee, said a Harvard education should give students “an art of living in the world.”

But how should professors do this? Perhaps we should prepare students for entrepreneurial opportunities suggested by our own disciplines. Even departments entirely divorced from business could do this by suggesting enterprises, nonprofits and activities in which students can later use their specialized knowledge....I continue to update the course, thinking about how I can integrate its lessons into an “art of living in the world.” I have tried to enhance my students’ sense that finance should be the art of financing important human activities, of getting people (and robots someday) working together to accomplish things that we really want done.
21st._century  automation  Colleges_&_Universities  college-educated  Communicating_&_Connecting  continuing_education  continuous_learning  curriculum  education  entrepreneurship  expertise  finance  future-proofing  generalists  Harvard  indispensable  interdisciplinary  interpretation  machine_learning  Managing_Your_Career  new_graduates  Robert_Shiller  skills  students  syllabus  uncharted_problems  Yale 
may 2015 by jerryking
Saving the System -
APRIL 28, 2014 | NYT | David Brooks.

“The ‘category error’ of our experts is to tell us that our system is doing just fine and proceeding on its eternal course toward ever-greater progress and global goodness. This is whistling past the graveyard.

“The lesson-category within grand strategic history is that when an established international system enters its phase of deterioration, many leaders nonetheless respond with insouciance, obliviousness, and self-congratulation. When the wolves of the world sense this, they, of course, will begin to make their moves to probe the ambiguities of the aging system and pick off choice pieces to devour at their leisure.

“This is what Putin is doing; this is what China has been moving toward doing in the maritime waters of Asia; this is what in the largest sense the upheavals of the Middle East are all about: i.e., who and what politico-ideological force will emerge as hegemon over the region in the new order to come. ....Today that system is under assault not by a single empire but by a hundred big and little foes. As Walter Russell Mead argues in a superb article in Foreign Affairs, geopolitics is back with a vengeance. Whether it’s Russia seizing Crimea or China asserting itself, old-fashioned power plays are back in vogue. Meanwhile, pre-modern movements and people try to eliminate ethnic and religious diversity in Egypt, Ukraine and beyond.

China, Russia and Iran have different values, but all oppose this system of liberal pluralism. The U.S. faces a death by a thousand cuts dilemma. No individual problem is worth devoting giant resources to. It’s not worth it to spend huge amounts of treasure to establish stability in Syria or defend a Western-oriented Ukraine. But, collectively, all the little problems can undermine the modern system. No individual ailment is worth the expense of treating it, but, collectively, they can kill you (JCK: Worst of all worlds).
authoritarianism  autocracies  category_errors  China  Colleges_&_Universities  Crimea  curriculum  David_Brooks  death_by_a_thousand_cuts  dilemmas  diplomacy  geopolitics  grand_strategy  insouciance  international_system  Iran  liberal_pluralism  multiple_stressors  obliviousness  power_plays  power_to_obstruct  rogue_actors  Russia  self-congratulatory  South_China_Sea  stratagems  strategic_thinking  strategy  Walter_Russell_Mead  worst_of_all_worlds  Yale 
april 2014 by jerryking
Teaching Turnaround Management and Bankruptcy
Fall/Winter 1995 | Social Science Research Network | by Harlan D. Platt.

Students both need and want to learn how to restore distressed and dying companies. Business schools have a responsibility to both their students and to society to teach these skills. One factor holding back faculty who might have considered teaching a course on this topic is the lack of a textbook and any ancillary support material. This article discusses how several faculty members have successfully overcome this limitation. A short review of the techniques of turnaround management is also provided based on discussions with several practicing turnaround managers.
turnarounds  bankruptcies  teaching  business_schools  curriculum 
august 2012 by jerryking
The Management Myth
June 2006 | ATLANTIC MAGAZINE |By Matthew Stewart

Most of management theory is inane, writes our correspondent, the founder of a consulting firm. If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead
skepticism  management  curriculum  business_schools  MBAs  philosophy  philosophers  myths 
june 2012 by jerryking
B7399 Private Equity Columbia Business School
Case Presentations
You will be asked to form teams that will analyze a case and present your findings in
class. Each presentation will need to address the following:
1. Overview of business/investment opportunity
2. Investment strengths
3. Investment weaknesses/risks and possible mitigants
4. Financial performance, projections and expected returns
5. Your recommendation (i.e., to invest or pass)
private_equity  business_schools  curriculum 
april 2012 by jerryking
Business Schools Plan Leap Into Data -
AUGUST 4, 2011
As the use of analytics grows quickly, companies will need employees who
understand the data. A May study from McKinsey & Co. found that by
2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of 1.5 million managers who can use
data to shape business decisions....The Center for Customer Insights at
the Yale School of Management offers students the chance to work on
analytics projects for, and with, companies.
analytics  curriculum  business_schools  McKinsey  Yale  customer_experience  Melissa_Korn  data  massive_data_sets 
august 2011 by jerryking
Law Schools' Course Emphasis Shifts From Textbooks to Skill Sets -
JULY 11, 2011 | | By PATRICK G. LEE. Law Schools Get
Practical. With the Tight Job Market, Course Emphasis Shifts From
Textbooks to Skill Sets.
law_schools  curriculum 
july 2011 by jerryking
Harvard Radical
August 24, 2003 | The New York Times Magazine p28 col 01 (165 col)| by James Traub.

The fundamental reason Summers wants to change the undergraduate curriculum is that, as he explains, the nature of knowledge has changed so radically. Summers often says that one of the two most important phenomena of the last quarter-century is the revolution in the biological sciences. And yet, as he also often says, while it is socially unacceptable at an elite university to admit that you haven't read a Shakespeare play, no stigma at all attaches to not knowing the difference between a gene and a chromosome or the meaning of exponential growth. Summers compares this ignorance to the provinciality of never having traveled abroad. He wants every student to live in science for a while and not just to do some sightseeing in a course designed to help you ''think like a biologist.'' Summers is not categorically opposed to the ''ways of thinking'' approach. ''The hard question,'' he said, ''is the line between learning a lot of science in one area and surveying more broadly but less deeply and thus less close to the genuine professional enterprise.''
Larry_Summers  Harvard  Cornel_West  Henry_Louis_Gates  deanships  curriculum  leadership  Colleges_&_Universities  elitism  Ivy_League 
april 2011 by jerryking
Why Can't M.B.A. Students Write? -
MARCH 3, 2011 By DIANA MIDDLETON. Students Struggle for Words
Business Schools Put More Emphasis on Writing Amid Employer Complaints
One of the shortest writing assignments at Northeastern is one of the
most frequently bungled. For the Marketing and Customer Value class
students must write, in fewer than 150 words, a compelling email
convincing executives to implement a marketing and pricing strategy.

Students rarely get to the point, says Bruce Clark, writing coordinator
for the M.B.A. program. "The first sentence should begin with, 'The
single most important issue here is.' You'd be amazed how few students
do that," he says.
brevity  business_schools  Communicating_&_Connecting  concision  curriculum  incisiveness  linchpins  MBAs  writing  the_single_most_important 
march 2011 by jerryking
Harvard's Curriculum Overhaul Part of a Push to Reform Elite B-School Culture -

Harvard Changes Course
School's Curriculum Overhaul Part of a Push to Alter Elite B-School Culture
HBS  curriculum  business_schools  MBAs  elitism 
february 2011 by jerryking
Lessons From the Chessboard -
SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By STEPHANIE
BANCHERO. Chess, as a Survival Skill. School Uses Chess to Teach
Self-Control, Critical Thinking to Troubled Students
chess  curriculum  schools  critical_thinking  self-control 
september 2010 by jerryking
A Classical Education: Back to the Future - Opinionator Blog -
June 7, 2010 | NYT | By STANLEY FISH. Leigh A. Bortins’ “The
Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education,”
Martha C. Nussbaum’s “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the
Humanities” and Diane Ravitch’s “The Death and Life of the Great
American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining
Education.”..."The result, she complains, is that “abilities crucial to
the health of any democracy” are being lost, especially the ability to
“think critically,” the ability, that is, “to probe, to evaluate
evidence, to write papers with well-structured arguments, and to analyze
the arguments presented to them in other texts.”"
Stanley_Fish  education  liberal_arts  humanities  engaged_citizenry  curriculum  reunions  high_schools  book_reviews  critical_thinking  democracy 
june 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Contributor - Playing to Learn -
February 1, 2010 |New York Times | By SUSAN ENGEL. It’s great
that the administration is trying to undertake reforms, but if we want
to make sure all children learn, we will need to overhaul the curriculum
itself. Our current educational approach — and the testing that is
driving it — is completely at odds with what scientists understand about
how children develop during the elementary school years and has led to a
curriculum that is strangling children and teachers alike.
curriculum  learning  play  schools  skills  children 
february 2010 by jerryking
What Should African-American Studies Students Learn?
October 1, 2009 | The New Republic | by John McWhorter.

This piece is simply a call for a true African-American Studies paradigm: a study of black people entire, with ample room for views from all sides. Black conservatives should be read alongside Du Bois and Baldwin, with no clucking and hedging. Any hovering consensus that leftist positions are “truth” should be a mark of failure.

Here is what I would hope to see in the wake of what I write.

Since I started writing and speaking on race in 2000, it has been typical that when I am invited to speak at a university by an African-American Studies department, often I am expected to yield some time to someone assigned to give a riposte--i.e. speak up for the usual leftist line. That is, the inviters pride themselves on being open-minded enough to hear me out, but consider it the duty of good-thinking folk to provide, shall we say, “balance.”

But then, when “proper”-thinking black writers are invited to speak, there is no sense that their talk is incomplete without a “conservative” person spending fifteen minutes having their say.

African-American Studies departments typically see themselves as doing their jobs in harboring a “controversial” speaker, partly out of a wan gesture towards true intellectual engagement, but equally as much because they know that person will, because of shock value, fill seats.

However, they are not engaged in true exploration, in the intellectual sense, until they can process the “controversial” speaker as simply, and only, a speaker, with one view among many. And, if articulate enough to merit invitation, worthy of engagement without some “right-minded” black faculty member dragged in as a “corrective.”

In an African-American Studies department of the kind I suggest, speakers and teachers of all walks would be permitted--note: not just conservative ones--and students would be able to come to their own conclusions. That is, be educated in the true sense.
African-Americans  John_McWhorter  Colleges_&_Universities  intellectual_diversity  intellectual_exploration  academia  victimhood  students  syllabus  curriculum  black_studies 
october 2009 by jerryking
Schools Prepare for Next Downturn -
AUGUST 20, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by DIANA MIDDLETON and
JANE PORTER. Key lessons throughout: how to make smart decisions with
limited information/uncertainty, examine problems from more than one
angle and anticipate what might happen in the next economic blowup.
curriculum  economic_downturn  MBAs  business_schools  uncertainty  anticipating 
august 2009 by jerryking
Competing with Analytics
Outline of a 3-day workshop at the ING-Ivey center in Toronto.
Offered by: Professors Peter C. Bell and Gregory S. Zaric of the
Richard Ivey School of Business, December 15 - 17, 2008, 9:00am -
competingonanalytics  analytics  Ivey  curriculum  data_driven  data 
may 2009 by jerryking
In Tough Times, the Humanities Must Justify Their Worth -
February 24, 2009 | New York Times | By PATRICIA COHEN.. This
article tackles the perennial debate about the importance of the
humanities in a complex and technologically demanding world have taken
on new urgency in the current economic downturn.

Previous economic downturns have often led to decreased enrollment in
the disciplines loosely grouped under the term “humanities” — which
generally include languages, literature, the arts, history, cultural
studies, philosophy and religion.
humanities  liberal_arts  literature  economic_downturn  Colleges_&_Universities  curriculum  hard_times 
may 2009 by jerryking
Technology Review: Whither the Renaissance Man?
May 2005 | Technology Review | By Michael Hawley

We need to save the diversity of the individual. The irony is that
renaissance men and women are in short supply. Such an intense global
mix of cultures, ideas, and innovations, all apparently a mouse click
away, would seem to demand broad educational perspectives. Yet most
schools persist in turning out laser-focused young professionals. To
make a dent in a particular field, a person has to devote a good chunk
of his or her lifetime just to getting to the starting line. This
doesn't favor the jack-of-all-trades.
Benjamin_Franklin  cross-disciplinary  cross-pollination  curriculum  education  foxes  generalists  hedgehogs  life_long_learning  polymaths  renaissance  Renaissance_Man 
may 2009 by jerryking
Do the math? Not our kids
13/02/07 | The Globe & Mail | MARGARET WENTE. The current
teaching and take-up of math in Canadian high schools is a national
innumeracy  mathematics  numeracy  syllabus  curriculum  Margaret_Wente  filetype:pdf  media:document 
april 2009 by jerryking
YAM March 2003 - Studies in Grand Strategy
March 2003| Yale Alumni Magazine | by Bruce Fellman

Article profiles participants in an innovative course called "Studies in Grand Strategy" learn how to see the big picture.
Yale  Colleges_&_Universities  curriculum  strategy  innovation  strategic_thinking  grand_strategy  the_big_picture  Sun_Tzu 
april 2009 by jerryking Black is not only beautiful, it's brilliant and heroic
February 14, 2009 G&M book review by JOHN HAREWOOD of A
Heroes and Heroines of the African Diaspora By Keith A. P. Sandiford .
Asks the questions, Why is black history necessary? What topics should
be studied? Who will teach?

An essential text for students and scholars of black history. Features over 1,000 biographies of historical and contemporary black figures that have made a significant contribution to the development of modern civilisation. It is a celebration of the impact made by black people in areas including politics, engineering, agriculture, entertainment, literature, medicine, sport, philosophy and more. This easy reference encyclopedia has been compiled to fill the gaps in black studies in the school curricula, and will inspire students and teachers alike.
African-Americans  slavery  heroes  heroines  book_reviews  books  curriculum  Diaspora  Africa  primers  blackness  black_pride  black_studies  Black_Is_Beautiful  Negritude  self-identification  history  scholars 
february 2009 by jerryking

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