The DOE Encourages Cheating

One of the ongoing trends in the news has been the rise of cheating in America’s prestigious schools.  My old high school, Stuyvesant, and even universities, like Harvard, have been plagued by this new phenomenon that has left many people perplexed.  A lot of explanations were offered as to why a Stuyvesant student decided to send a mass text to seventy-one other students on a state issued Regents exam. “This self-admitted cheater lacks both honesty and any moral compass. And no, it’s not the fault of the schools or the teachers, but clearly his family has failed to teach him the basics of right and wrong,” responded Mugsy66 on a New Yorker article. Meanwhile, the newly appointed principal, post-scandal, of Stuyvesant High School told reporters “I have not been made aware … or have a reason to believe that there is ongoing cheating there.”  Well, newsflash – everybody cheats at Stuyvesant High School, and we’re not the only school with cheaters. If you’re my age, you won’t be surprised to learn that 75-98% of college students surveyed each year have admitted to cheating in high school.

If you are of the older generation and are perplexed by such high percentages, it is because times are changing – only 20% of college students admitted to cheating in high school during the 1940s. The reason being is not poor parenting or a shrinkage of the temporo- Continue reading


Rerealizing the Importance of Blogging

I have been caught up on reading and learning that I have pushed aside blogging. It is interesting that I keep telling myself to do so, sometimes even thinking about the points I would write, and as time passes I clearly notice that what I remember is slowly diminishing.

At the same time, the most common examples I bring up in conversations are from the material on this blog – further reaffirming the reasons on why I blog. (I seriously need to stop talking about intrinsic motivation – but feel free to check out this post)

The best way to learn is to teach.

The last two months have been quite a quest for knowledge.

But now it’s time for a change of pace and for me to move on from my current internship to spend the next half month utilizing that knowledge to Continue reading

Feeling lazy? Can’t bring yourself to go to the gym? Want your employees to step their game up?

When it comes to motivation, there is a huge gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current society functions on an outdated carrot-and-stick model, that would’ve worked better in the years of manual labor and indentured servants, where work revolved around turning screws all day. Work has become more complex, more interesting, and more self-directed (especially for us college kids receiving a higher education).  The reward and punishment system does little to help and more harm. Still people follow it, and businesses use this outdated model. The new approach has 3 essential elements:

  1. Autonomy- the desire to direct our own lives. Freedom in the workplace.
  2. Mastery- the urge to make progress and get better at something that matters.
  3. Purpose- the yearning to do something for a greater cause
Here is a personal example. I have been going to the gym almost everyday for two months, something I was no where close to

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