The Bookbyte Blog
<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1974" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/istock_000019003498xsmall.jpg?w=300" alt="Male college student with book and ball" width="300" height="199" />If you've lived in the United States for your entire life, there's probably a number of weirdly unique things you've come to take for granted. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_customary_units">Our ridiculously complicated system of measurements</a>, for example. When you've grown up with something your whole life, it's sometimes hard to wrap your head around it not existing, even if the rest of the world thinks you might be crazy for doing it. Sometimes it's worth stepping back and taking a moment to ask, "Why do we do that again?"
It is very, very difficult to browse the Internet without coming across a link to an Upworthy article. Even if you don't know these by name, you've certainly seen them. The Upworthy formula taps into some subconscious part of the brain that makes you click on a link before you've even processed that you don't really care about what it says. This type of writing is impossible to avoid these days, as so much of our online interaction is decided by triggering impulse behavior.
A recent article by the independent education journal The Hechinger Report discussed the troubling trend of cutting back on credits and removing core requirements by many major universities. Sometimes it's because students graduating from those programs are "low-productive." Sometimes it's because politicians want to cut back on the tax dollars going to public universities. Sometimes it's because university administrations want better graduation rates.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/istock_000011106099small.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1940" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/istock_000011106099small.jpg?w=200" alt="iStock_000011106099Small" width="200" height="300" /></a>The good news is that people your age are <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/">over twice as likely to keep their new year's resolutions</a> than people your parents' age. The bad news is that the majority of college students will still fall short. So what makes these resolutions seem so easy on January 1st and so hard on January 2nd? Here are the five biggest mistakes you can make when setting a resolution: <h2>1. You have a goal but not a plan.</h2> <blockquote>"I want to lose weight."</blockquote> This might be the most frequent resolution, and I'm willing to bet it's the most likely to fail as well. The problem is that losing weight is a great objective, but it's not very meaningful as a resolution if you're not focusing on <em>how </em>you can lose weight.
[caption id="attachment_1915" align="alignright" width="300"]<img class="size-medium wp-image-1915" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/sympathy_fry.jpg?w=300" alt="via Memebase" width="300" height="224" /> via <a href="http://memebase.cheezburger.com/tag/sympathy">Memebase</a>[/caption] You don't really "Like" everything your friends post on Facebook. Whether it's a commemoration of a recently deceased pet, a "_____ is now single" relationship update, or something that enrages your inner activist, there's plenty of potential interaction on social networks that isn't built into the native application. You might have heard the rumor that Facebook may be<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/facebook-considers-39-sympathize-39-button-054124809.html"> adding a "sympathize" button</a> for these sorts of situations. I'm here to tell you that, while weirder things have certainly happened, I wouldn't hold my breath for this new feature anytime soon. Why?
Back in the summer, the Oregon State Legislature agreed to a plan that would allow students to attend public universities and community colleges for free. In return, the student agrees to pay a small percent of his or her income after graduation.
How is doing research for a paper like procrastinating? Both existed before the internet, but now you can do them both so much faster.
There's a problem that always seems to be at the root of the debate over education policy: When do we standardize and when do we personalize? If we don't standardize enough, there's no guarantee that everyone will receive the same opportunities and the same basic education.