Pilant’s Business Ethics Blog Links 8-15-2016 The Decision Making Edition

The Decision Making Edition

Today, we have five blogs we’re looking at. The first is Steve Keating’s blog where we have his thoughts on decision making. Then the site, Dear Kitty, Some Blog, has a video on DuPont and a court case. 

Can students in poverty by measured by who qualifies for free school lunches. Well, the data is useful but how useful? Read below and see what you think. A postal carrier saves a life and we conclude with a bit of fun with a Doctor Who link. 

James Pilant

The Decision Making Edition

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Steve Keating’s Thoughts on Decision Making

(This is a short excerpt – please take the opportunity to go to his site and read the whole thing! jp) 

You need to make your own decisions because ultimately it’s the decisions you make that make you who you are. There are outcomes, results, and consequences, both positive and negative, to every decision. Everything you say, do, and even think plays a role in determining who you really are. It’s worth investing a moment or two in deciding what’s best for you.


From the web site, Dear Kitty, Some Blog – a video! 

Counting the numbers of free and reduced school lunches is not a good metric of student poverty

Then, using data from Michigan she examined the student performance on tests more closely and determined that “…the achievement gap between persistently disadvantaged children— those who qualified for free and reduced lunch throughout their elementary school years– and those who were never disadvantaged is about a third larger than the gap that is typically measured.” Dynarski found that by eight grade these persistently poor children were three grade levels behind their peers… and on closer examination she found that they almost consistently begin Kindergarten behind their peers and, worse yet from a policy perspective, the persistently poor could be identified very early.

Postal Carrier Saves Boy’s Life

A Doctor Who Link (Just for fun!) 

Reign of Terror (1964) remains very watchable , despite missing a couple of episodes which are replaced by animations. The set design, costumes, script, music and acting are all up to snuff, demonstrating that the essentially theatrical frame of reference that prevailed at the BBC during the 60s and 70s could have very satisfying results.

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