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Why Should We Support the Idea of an Unconditional Basic Income? — Working Life — Medium
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"What would you do?
Didn’t they try this in Russia?
The magic of markets
Can we really improve capitalism or is this just theory?
Larger rewards lead to poorer performance.
Capitalism 2.0 sounds great and all but can we afford it?
Okay, it’s affordable… but wouldn’t people stop working?
But still, what about those few who WOULD stop working?
Why would (insert who you dislike) ever agree to this?"
universalbasicincome  capitalism  communism  economics  markets  2014  scottsantens  namibia  poverty  danielpink  productivity  power  choice  workweek  hours  thomaspiketty  psychology  motivation  canada  seattle  denver  1970s  taxes  taxation  inequality  alaska  mincome  employment  unemployment  work  labor  freedom  empowerment  ubi 
february 2015 by robertogreco
10 Timeframes | Contents Magazine
"The time you spend is not your own. You are, as a class of human beings, responsible for more pure raw time, broken into more units, than almost anyone else. You spent two years learning, focusing, exploring, but that was your time; now you are about to spend whole decades, whole centuries, of cumulative moments, of other people’s time. People using your systems, playing with your toys, fiddling with your abstractions. And I want you to ask yourself when you make things, when you prototype interactions, am I thinking about my own clock, or the user’s? Am I going to help someone make order in his or her life, or am I going to send that person to a commune in Vermont?

So that is my question for all of you: What is the new calendar? What are the new seasons? The new weeks and months and decades? As a class of individuals, we make the schedule. What can we do to help others understand it?

…how can we be sure, far more sure than we are now, that they spend those heartbeats wisely?"
seasons  perspective  history  unitsoftime  unitsofmeausre  timelines  timeframes  millenia  centuries  decades  heartbeats  seconds  hours  minutes  design  ixd  ux  computing  life  time  paulford 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Teacher Pay Around the World - NYTimes.com
"American teachers spend on average 1,080 hours teaching each year. Across the O.E.C.D., the average is 794 hours on primary education, 709 hours on lower secondary education, and 653 hours on upper secondary education general programs."<br />
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"In the United States, a teacher with 15 years of experience makes a salary that is 96 percent of the country’s gross domestic product per capita. Across the O.E.C.D., a teacher of equivalent experience makes 117 percent of G.D.P. per capita. At the high end of the scale, in Korea, the average teacher at this level makes a full 221 percent of the country’s G.D.P. per capita."
teaching  teachers  comparison  us  pay  salaries  workday  hours  via:grahamje  2009  international 
february 2011 by robertogreco
3σ → Left: Teaching Hours - Are We Educators Or Are We Babysitters?
"I've been in schools in three other countries, and the teacher day is nothing like ours. Much more time for meetings, planning by one's self, and planning with others. I've looked up the data, and the difference is huge: we American teachers spend way too much time in front of students over the course of the year. Even with our (generally) shorter school year (days per year), we are in front of students more than any other country listed by the data from the OECD. (see chart - click on it to make it larger)"
teaching  work  hours  tcsnmy  education  statistics  comparison  whatswrongwiththispicture  planning  us  oecd  lessonplanning  policy  productivity  well-being 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Education - Change.org: US Schools Work Teachers Harder, not Smarter: New Research
"Check out this staggering tidbit from new research by Linda Darling-Hammond, et. al.: "U.S. teachers average far more net teaching time in direct contact with students (1,080 hours per year) than any other OECD nation. By comparison, the OECD average is only 803 hours per year for primary schools and 664 hours per year for upper secondary schools. U.S. teachers spend about 80 percent of their total working time engaged in classroom instruction, as compared to about 60 percent for these other nations’ teachers, who thus have much more time to plan and learn together, and to develop high-quality curriculum and instruction.

In most countries, about 15 to 20 hours per week is spent on tasks related to teaching, such as preparing lessons, meeting with students and parents, and working with colleagues. By contrast, U.S. teachers generally have from 3 to 5 hours a week for lesson planning, which is done independently.""
teaching  work  lessonplanning  tcsnmy  policy  productivity  well-being  us  hours  planning  education  statistics  comparison  whatswrongwiththispicture 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Op-Ed Contributor - Rich Man’s Burden - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com [via: http://www.kottke.org/08/09/relatively-rich]
"This is a stunning moment in economic history: At one time we worked hard so that someday we (or our children) wouldn't have to. Today, the more we earn, the more we work, since the opportunity cost of not working is all the greater (and since the higher we go, the more relatively deprived we feel). In other words, when we get a raise, instead of using that hard-won money to buy "the good life," we feel even more pressure to work since the shadow costs of not working are all the greater."
wealth  us  hours  work  income  leisure  trends  class 
september 2008 by robertogreco

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