Task Boards [...]

These tasks boards also make it difficult to escape exactly how much you’re asking someone to do. It’s easy to shoot off a dozen emailed requests to a colleague throughout a busy day without thinking much about it. But when you instead see each card piled on top of another in that person’s column on a task board, the magnitude of what you’ve dispensed is unavoidable. (Source)

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Considerate Language is Replaying a Debt [...]

Remember that minorities are CONSTANTLY self-censoring in order not to offend the dominant majority with their anger and resentment and they are constantly speaking the language of the dominant in order to be HEARD at all! (Source)

Individual shaming vs structural change [...]

The role of suffering and confession. What draws me to Fieyu Sun’s work is his analysis of the role suffering and confession play in reinforcing social hierarchy that is linked to the individual destruction of opponents. The CCP example mirrors the current practices of online shaming and call-out culture. We see the same outrage, requirement for complete apology and removal of offending individuals.Both then and now the fundamental structures of societal power are not being challenged or changed. Instead individuals are publicly shamed and then removed from their positions. Then they are replaced with individuals who are members of the same social class. (Source)

Create Clarity [...]

As a product manager, constantly think about how you can create clarity for your team: Clearer product requirements, resolving edge cases, answering questions, etc. (Source)

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Decolonizing Time [...]

Giving people equal time is not necessarily equitable. Non-native speakers and very reflective people may need more time to convey a particular point. Stories that are not familiar and go against dominant discourses need more room/time/care to be understood well. And on top of all of that, if you think of privileging voices by letting them speak aloud in a conversation vs type in chat… some people much prefer to type then speak up. So what constitutes empowering someone’s voice is not a constant and not the same thing among all participants. (Source)

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Discriminatory Design [...]

Proctorio says that their tests don’t discriminate against students with disabilities because an instructor can make changes to the test settings or turn them off. This sidesteps the fact that they built test settings that can discriminate against certain students in the first place. This is like a car company building a feature that allows drivers to remove seatbelts, but when drivers complain about injuries, the car company responding with ‘just don’t use that feature’. Companies should anticipate if their software can be discriminatory (intentionally or unintentionally), proactively prevent it, and educate their users about the dangers certain uses might present. If a test setting has the potential to discriminate against certain students under any circumstance, it should never have been rolled out. (Source)

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Distance Instruction in Quarantine [...]

Due to a polio outbreak in the fall of 1937, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) decided to postpone the start of the school year. As school buildings were shuttered, the district turned to the radio to replace classroom instruction. (Source)

Interpretation and Intent in Communication [...]

As we go up from perception to appropriation, the filmmaker’s control wanes and the viewer’s control increases. Spielberg structures Raiders of the Lost Ark the way he wants, but you can appropriate his movie as a piece of imperialist ideology and he can’t do a damn thing about it. In the middle, it’s a negotiation: He steers you to construct the story a certain way, but you can also fill it out with your own inferences, or claim he hasn’t given you enough cues to do so. (Does Marion really love Indy? How much?) And emotion is involved at all stages of the process, from the jolt of  jump scares to the high-level social satisfactions of fandom. (Source)

Predicting Human Behavior [...]

One of the weird things about humans is that we most want to be told what will happen next at the exact moment when the future is uncertain because the outcome depends upon decisions we have yet to make. Most of the time, the future is predictable partly because there isn't a lot we can do to change it. This is not one of those times. (Source)

Math and Tragedy [...]

Math has prepared me poorly for this pandemic—or at least a particular kind of math, the kind that sees mass death as an opportunity to work with graphs and derivatives.For students, it has never been more necessary to move flexibly and quickly between concrete and abstract representations—to acquire the power of the graph without becoming anesthetized to the horror that’s represented much more poignantly by the obituaries.For teachers, there has never been a more important time to look at points, graphs, tables, equations, and numbers, and to ask students, “What does this mean?” and particularly now, “Who is this?” (Source)

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