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The Battle Between Breadth and Depth in Creating a Course (or Syllabus)

The Battle Between Breadth and Depth in Creating a Course (or Syllabus)

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I am currently in the throes of creating two undergraduate courses for next semester – one on school choice, and the other on the politics of American education. In so doing, I am coming up against the (probably) age-old challenge of course creation: finding an appropriate balance between breadth and depth of material. Do I cover many topics that I [...]

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IHS Academic Productivity Bookshelf: Getting Things Done, Part 1

IHS Academic Productivity Bookshelf: Getting Things Done, Part 1

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David Allen’s Getting Things Done is one of the most popular books in the personal productivity genre. It has sold millions of copies and turned Allen into something of a luminary or guru among executives, academics, and pretty much anyone really interested in getting better. Indeed, Jason Womack, my co-presenter in this past summer’s “Get Momentum” course through IHS and [...]

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Podcast: Kevin Gutzman – James Madison and the Making of America

Podcast: Kevin Gutzman – James Madison and the Making of America

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IHS History Program Officer Phil Magness recently talked with historian and New York Times Bestselling author Kevin R.C. Gutzman about his most recent book, James Madison and the Making of America. In the book, Dr. Gutzman provides voluminous documentation of Madison’s career and the role he played in some of early America’s most formative years.

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Walking, Chewing Bubble Gum, and Texting

Walking, Chewing Bubble Gum, and Texting

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I’m not very good at resting. Neither are most people in my circles. A lot of us operate under the illusion that we can multitask effectively, but as I understand the evidence, we can’t. Distraction reduces focus and therefore means that while we might produce “more” in some sense, we’re producing more mediocrity and less excellence. Here’s one way this [...]

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Podcast: Erik Angner and Behavioral Economics

Podcast: Erik Angner and Behavioral Economics

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Erik Angner, George Mason University Associate Professor of Philosophy, Economics, and Public Policy, stopped by the office to talk with IHS Philosophy Program Officer Bill Glod about behavioral economics, happiness, the intersection of philosophy and economics, and his new undergraduate Philosophy, Politics, and Economics project at GMU.

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Why Am I Doing This? Or, Centering Yourself Again: Inspired By James Altucher’s “Choose Yourself”

Why Am I Doing This? Or, Centering Yourself Again: Inspired By James Altucher’s “Choose Yourself”

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I first met James Altucher in the green room at Fox Business when I was preparing for my first appearance on Stossel (I’ve made two, so don’t think that’s super-impressive). Recently, a friend tweeted one of his articles, and I started following his blog. That led me to his new book, Choose Yourself, which I had trouble putting down. In [...]

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Productivity Bookshelf: YBJGB Chapter 10 and Conclusion–Practice Makes..

Productivity Bookshelf: YBJGB Chapter 10 and Conclusion–Practice Makes..

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Jason Womack concludes Your Best Just Got Better with a discussion of practice. You’re probably familiar with the saying “practice makes perfect,” but in reality, as Jason points out, practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes habit. Good practice creates good habits. Bad practice creates bad habits. So what do you practice? Do you check your email thirty times before you [...]

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Podcast: Thaddeus Russell – A Renegade History of the United States

Podcast: Thaddeus Russell – A Renegade History of the United States

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We were lucky enough last week to have Thaddeus Russell – historian and professor at Occidental College – join us via Skype to talk about his book A Renegade History of the United States. I won’t spoil anything that’s in the recording or the book here – I’ll just express my gratitude to Dr. Russell for taking time to talk with us. [...]

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Why Build Your Team? What Kind of Impact Can You Have?

Why Build Your Team? What Kind of Impact Can You Have?

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Over the summer, Jason Womack and I taught a “Get Momentum” program for students in the IHS network, and I participate in his monthly program at GetMomentum.co. Yesterday, I watched Peter Diamandis’ TED Talk “Abundance is our future” while prepping for my principles of macro class and was really impressed with something Diamandis said about a challenge he and Ray [...]

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Keep Calm and SQUIRREL!!

Keep Calm and SQUIRREL!!

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Chapter 9 of Jason Womack’s Your Best Just Got Better is about focus. Repeat after me (repeating after Jason): you don’t manage your time. You have the same amount as everyone else. You manage your focus and you manage your energy. So what do you do when a spare hour shows up because a meeting has been canceled? Jason Womack [...]

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