Figure out why someone believes what they believe. The best way to do this is simply to ask, “Why do you believe that?” and then listen. Don’t tell them why they’re wrong or “parallel talk” and explain what you believe. Figure out their reasons for their belief by asking questions.
Good advice, I think, from Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay, authors of the forthcoming book How to Have Impossible Conversations.
I was updating some of my files to show the 2018 IRS standard mileage deduction rates for business, medical, and charity driving and I noticed that while the business and medical rates have changed almost every year—sometimes up, sometimes down— the charity rate has not changed in at least 17 years; it remains 14 cents per mile. I wondered why.
A bit of googling yielded this article, which confirmed what I suspected. The charity rate is fixed in legislation; the other rates are not.
via Forty Cent Difference Between 2016 Business and Charity Mileage Deductions – NoloNolo
It might be time for Congress to do something about that. And who would complain? Who could be against it?
- In 2000, the average cost of a gallon of gasoline was $1.51. In December 2017, it was $2.37.
- According to the Consumer Price Index, in November of 2017 it would take 20 cents to have the same buying power as 14 cents in 2000.
Of course, this may all be moot if, with our new tax laws, no one is itemizing deductions anyway.
We often praise the Patrick Henrys of the world, the folks who explain their nonparticipation in particular change efforts as a principled stance. But perhaps George Mason is the better example both for our national politicians and for leaders in every company and organization in America today. Whether it is economic reform at the highest levels or new policies on leave or telework for your company, by being in the room, you can shape the debate even if you do not ultimately agree with the outcome.
Source: How would George Mason make America great again? | SmartBrief
The popular claim that “filter bubbles” are why fake news thrives on Facebook is almost certainly wrong
Intriguing reading, and something for us educators to keep in mind when we are teaching “digital literacy.”
Source: Facebook’s Problem Is More Complicated Than Fake News – Scientific American
In an era of partisan polarization, the problem isn’t merely a deficit of great leaders capable of binding the nation together; it’s also a shortage of citizens willing to listen.
Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2016
In today’s globalized information age, an ever-increasing proportion of misinformation accompanies the burgeoning wealth of new and changing information. As students are bombarded with social and news media that blur lines between fact and opinion, they need guided experiences to build their critical analysis of information validity and value.
Source: Critical Analysis and Information Literacy | Edutopia
And to determine the validity of information is becoming a more and more difficult task!
The 2016 election vindicates Neil Postman’s ominous prophecy that we are “amusing ourselves to death,” writes T. Robinson Ahlstrom. I couldn’t agree more!
Source: Education Is Absent From the 2016 Presidential Race – Education Week