Tuesday Mash-up

USATF - New Plan to Reward Athletes

The USATF came out with a plan to share with athletes. Color me unimpressed. U.S. track and field: a ‘monumental’ step forward Based on the numbers, the USAFT is sharing ten percent of the revenue it gets annually with the athletes. Compare that to basketball, where the split is 49 percent for the owners, 51 percent for the athletes.

The second issue is that the program is explicitly designed to reward the upper tier of athletes, plus offers bonuses for medals. You're an up-and-coming sprinter? Too bad, no money for you, but Justin Gatlin, sprinter, drug cheat, gets endorsements and USATF loot.

Why Do Schools Abuse a Third of Their Students?

As an introvert myself, and with kids and grandkids that are introverts, this article read like a horror story. For all the talk in the education system of teaching to the child, the truth is that education is dogma-driven. The current dogma insists on open classrooms, group projects, and collaborative learning.

Shoot me now.

I like working by myself. For the ninnies who say the real world doesn't work like that, too bad. My world does, because that's the way I designed it.

The Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric states students must “forego passivity in favor of contribution and participation...students must overcome isolation in order to learn to write.” Want to see me forgo passivity? Interrupt me while I'm writing. Better, ask my girls what the reaction is.

Adventure Deficit Disorder?

I like the term. I don't live it, but I can understand it. Stephanie Cohen asks whether the modern lifestyle has robbed people of their sense of adventure. Do We Suffer From Adventure Deficit Disorder?  A good and quick read on an interesting subject.

Personally, I think most people don't seek adventure. Adventures have a tendency to introduce risk into life and most people are hard-wired to avoid risk.

Some of us, though . . .

I've moved my two novels over to Kindle Unlimited. If you have a membership, you can read them for free. It's a weird (but pleasant) experience to watch the page counts as people read the books.