Weekly Reads: Poll Time Edition

As I was going through the archived posts and adding pictures to them for the new theme, I noticed a trend emerging. Normally, I post 3-4 posts per week. This is actually pretty good (go me!). Then I noticed that one of those three posts is the weekly reads posts — which is fine, but I don’t want Sententia to just turn into a link farm! :)

While ultimately, I write Sententia for me, I would be lying if I said I didn’t also write for all you readers. (Seriously, I get giddy when I show an increase in traffic for a day. And an actual comment? Be still my beating heart!) So I thought I’d pass the question by you folks. Is having one of three posts be a weekly reads post too much? (Poll is embedded, RSS folks, so click your way on through).

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If you would like to pass on anything you think I might be interested in, post the link as a comment to this thread! I’m always looking for new things to explore. Note that comments containing multiple links are flagged for moderation, so if your note doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry!

Made Me Think

What’s the Point of Education (from Early Retirement Extreme). In a world where going to college often means all-nighters to finish papers and cramming knowledge just long enough to write the test, what exactly is the point? In this article, Jacob argues that we’ve gotten way off track with our goals for education. A degree doesn’t so much show what you’ve learned as your IQ and your ability to make a simple problem into an overcomplicated one … can’t say that I necessarily disagree! 😉

The Objective of Education is Learning, Not Teaching (from [email protected]). As a response to Jacob’s question, above, this article from Wharton suggests that education has lost its way. So often, we focus on the experience of the teachers. Are your methods good teaching methods? Are you teaching the right things? After all, our system is set up to suggest that if you provide quality instruction, learning will follow. Right? Not so much. Instead, the goal ought to be to help students explore and learn. Let students direct their learning, and they will end up much better off. Hm… sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Living Paycheck to Paycheck (from Steve Pavlina). One of the things that education can’t guarantee you is safe and secure employment. We’ve learned that much from the past few weeks and months. In this vintage-Pavlina-post, Steve explores ways that living paycheck to paycheck is affected by our mental models. As one might expect, he advocates entrepreneurship as the solution to this problem, but even if you’re not of the self-employment ilk, there is great value in this article. I was particularly touched by his discussion of reasonable vs. unreasonable expense cutting.

Some Thoughts on Starting a Side Business in a Down Economy (from The Simple Dollar). Speaking of entrepreneurship, it doesn’t have to be a big, scary, nasty word. There are lots of simple and easy ways to create value and receive income from it. As Trent discusses, the key is to identify those value-adding-areas, and then approach it as a hobby with benefits. Good article for those looking for a bit of extra cash.

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