Extra Credit: What could go wrong with hiring workers who 'fit in'?

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Kristin Tyndall's read

All of the 160 student protests in Fall 2014appear on this map and timeline. Professor Angus Johnston created them as part of his research into the history of student activism. In an interview with The Atlantic, Johnston says campuses are seeing a resurgence of protests, reminding him of the "early- to mid-60s… there was a lot of stuff happening, a lot of energy—but also a tremendous amount of disillusionment and frustration." According to Johnston, about half of the protests focused on sexism or sexual assault and half focused on governance and student rights.

"Guess who doesn't fit in at work," challenges Lauren A. Rivera in a New York Times op-ed that got a lot of attention this week. While hiring for fit has made some companies wildly successful, Rivera argues that it has also become an excuse for suppressing diversity and hiring people who are basically clones of the decision-makers. 

Emily Hatton's read

Seventy-seven years after she finished writing her doctoral thesis, a now 102-year-old is finally about to receive her PhD.Ingeborg Rapoport was a graduate student at the University of Hamburg in 1938 when she was denied the opportunity to take her oral examination on her diphtheria findings for "racial" reasons—she was raised Protestant but her mother was Jewish. Last month, she defended her thesis for 45 minutes—and passed, becoming the oldest person to receive a doctoral degree.

"We can teach our children a better lesson...that when the chips are down teachers come through," writes a retiring Ohio principal, arguing that increasing testing, standards, and zero tolerance laws leave teachers less wiggle room to help students. "Turning a deaf ear to the needs of kids, to moments when we could be kind rather than just follow the rules, does not help kids learn anything except that those in charge are operating at the lowest level of ethical reasoning," he asserts.

Two new Louisiana bills protecting sexual assault victims from hefty—and late—medical charges were created largely in response to the experiences of several female college students in the area. Last fall, the Times-Picayune detailed the women's stories of "paralyzing bills for forensic medical exams and related care, even though state and federal guidelines require that many of these services be provided at no cost to the victim." Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is expected to sign both reform measures into law.

Dan Diamond's read

Twitter users tend to have better ideas. This study—which I spotted on Twitter, naturally—suggests that the social network exposes users to a broader range of people and arguments than they'd otherwise encounter. The upside: Those interactions made Twitter users more innovative.

If Twitter users are more innovative, you should probably tweet us at @eab_daily. Who knows what great ideas you might have afterward?


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