Who does learning style debunking serve? [...]

individual learning differences can function to intensify and amplify the underlying economic and racial inequities in education. If a bright child from an affluent family doesn't learn well in a traditional classroom –– and make no mistake, many don't –– his parents have the option to place him in a private alternative educational setting (including homeschooling or unschooling) where he may be able to thrive. If a bright child from a low-income family has the exact same problem, he has nowhere to go. The system will treat him as though he has lower intelligence and academic aptitude; after years of this he may come to believe that he is less intelligent, and/or the frustration, shame, and stigma that he experiences may be channelled into discipline problems at school. (Source)

The Take [...]

The take is, like Twitter itself, more of a symptom of a neoliberal order in which precarious employment and minimal labor protections make hyperspeed, competitive take-having a professional necessity. No one in their right mind and with job security would be up at 11 pm writing an essay about something that happened at the Grammy Awards an hour before. And this restless anxiousness, this need to be constantly vigilant against one’s encroaching professional irrelevance that our economic system imposes upon us all becomes instinctual, even in cases when it isn’t strictly necessary. (Source)

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Open Offices Make You Less Open [...]

Contrary to what’s predicted by the sociological literature, the 52 participants studied spent 72% less time interacting face-to-face after the shift to an open office layout. To make these numbers concrete: In the 15 days before the office redesign, participants accumulated an average of around 5.8 hours of face-to-face interaction per person per day. After the switch to the open layout, the same participants dropped to around 1.7 hours of face-to-face interaction per day.At the same time, the shift to an open office significantly increased digital communication. After the redesign, participants sent 56% more emails (and were cc’d 41% more times), and the number of IM messages sent increased by 67%. (Source)