Moneyball

Moneyball – the art of winning an unfair game.

Michael Lewis

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After reading this book, you’ll never be able to listen to sports commentary
the same way again. In fact, you’ll never be able to read the financial
or business pages the same way again.

Moneyball debunks commentary as based purely on perception
and prejudice rather than fact.

But before we get into what this book does, it’s more important to
discuss how it does it. Moneyball above all else is a good
read. A ‘you can’t put it down’ sort of read. Not bad for a book on
baseball – a subject I know virtually nothing about and, until now,
had no interest in learning.

Read the full review here.

Overburdened Schools

Bleeding Edge raised my ire recently by suggesting that perhaps the problem with ethics in business was that schools don’t place enough emphasis on teaching ethics to their students.
Oh dear oh dear Charles, you’ve got me started. Maybe I’ll never stop now.
You’ve given us another burder for schools to bear. On the one hand we have conservatives everywhere telling us that schools need to focus on the basics – on measurable results.
Schools are “the best schools” if they produce good year 12 results and lots of their students on to university. Parents apparently base their decision on which schools they send their children on the school’s Year 12 results. Brendon Nelson is apparently going to give funding only to schools which can achieve good results (and don’t forget, have a working flagpole!)
But in reality, we want schools to do a whole lot more. Of course we want schools to teach ethics. But where are the league tables for schools which produce the most ethical students?
Oh no, that might just be a tad embarassing. Much better just to assume that the “better”, “more prestigious” and “higher Year 12 ranking” schools must be producing the most ethical students. As soon as we say a school is “good” (based on an arbitrary measure or ranking) we start assuming that it is “good” on all measures we can think of. Subtle isn’t it. Ethical? Hmmmm. Perhaps we need to start there.

Since She Died

I feel somewhat ambivalent about linking to this piece. I found it really moving and the title grabbed me straight in when I saw it. I think you might like it. At the same time, this last couple of weeks I have been too tired to write a lot and linking to this piece is a bit like letting someone in a really difficult situation do the work for me. So that’s my ambivalence.
Here it is, from The Morning News, Since She Died.
Here’s the intro:
When a friend dies, your memories can absorb your every waking moment. And also your dreams. Sarah Hepola lives through the pain, the joy of remembrance, and the responsibility of both. Here is her story of love and loss.