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#86: Horse’s Feed Bag Full of Food

September 5th, 2018 · 122 minutes

This week, Merlin is losing his mind, and John’s kids can’t even.

Merlin praises his kid’s tech-savvy teacher, and John has questions about how well Merlin has been following his orders. Merlin admits that he literally has not.

Homework is discussed, and John confesses to once starting the world’s longest book report. John recounts his career of creative abuse of Macintosh skills back in elementary and high school, and Merlin dons his notional 43 Folders hat.

The topic expands to a wider exploration of Big Ideas in parenting, education, and pedagogy. Merlin has a little niggle, and John remembers when parents had a modest annual kiss budget. Then, things get gritty. Can models help kids? Want a Rice Krispies treat?

John clarifies a previous insane reference you couldn’t possibly understand, and Merlin vents a little.

At 1:26:29 the spoiler horn fires off for a discussion of HBO’s Sharp Objects Season One.

(Recorded on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.)

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Links and Show Notes

Unknown Unknowns: The Problem of Hypocognition - Scientific American Blog Network
Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives – Brain Pickings
Growth Mindset — Character Lab
Carol Dweck Explains the False Growth Mindset - The Atlantic
Unknown Unknowns: The Problem of Hypocognition - Scientific American Blog Network
Reconcilable Differences #42: The Punching in Me - Relay FM

The main topic this week is Merlin’s documentary obsession. Turns out: there are a lot of turns-outs. John and Merlin explore what’s so tantalizing (or off-putting) about some documentary films—as well as the whole genre as a thing.

Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success - The New York Times
5by5 | Back to Work #118: One-Step Corn Kerneler

Also under consideration is Roger Von Oech's fascinating modal, character-based approach to making stuff—acknowledging the very different work of the Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior. But, critically, also striving to keep those characters in the right order and on the right parts of the right task at the right time. Then, knowing when to change things up.