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Sunday reads – Dec. 11, 2016

NY Times: Should I lie about my beliefs to get health insurance?  A freelance journalist searching for affordable health insurance takes a look at health care sharing ministries. Among other things, these require their members to sign a statement saying… Continue Reading →

What America can learn from the best schools around the world

Researchers have some interesting insights from schools in different countries based on their performance level on the PISA, an international assessment of student performance. Here’s the key takeaway: Generally speaking, the smartest countries tend to be those that have acted… Continue Reading →

Sunday reads – Dec. 4, 2016

N&O: Fight fake news by backing real journalism This is a nice sentiment from ECU journalism professor Cindy Elmore. I especially like this: I envision commercials that feature real journalists who have to sit through six-hour city council meetings because… Continue Reading →

Multitasking? Just stop. It makes you tired

Multitasking makes you tired so, in the end, you end do less. When we attempt to multitask, we don’t actually do more than one activity at once, but quickly switch between them. And this switching is exhausting. It uses up… Continue Reading →

Local zoning a drag on the economy, promoter of inequality?

Fascinating piece in the New York Times about how local zoning and development regulations that are “anti-growth” may, in fact, be slowing economic growth as much as $1.5 trillion per year. Essentially, in fast-growing communities where there are more jobs and… Continue Reading →

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