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February 2013

Slavery used to teach Math in NYC Schools

Slavery Examples Raise Insensitivity to new Highs (or lows) It’s not always easy teaching fourth-graders to really get math. Word problems can be especially useful because they give children easily imagined, real-life examples that make numbers and equations come to life. Remember these from your childhood? “If Susie had four... Read more →

What are our Ethical Responsibilities when Witnessing a Vicious Crime?

Violent Acts threaten our Civil Society By now you have probably heard about the vicious beating of a 22-year old in Newark, NJ. He did not report it for fear that his three tormenters would come back for more. Police arrested 22-year old Ahmad Holt, 23 year old Jamaar Gray... Read more →

Accounting for Nuts

Diamond Foods Fraud Illustrates the Danger of overly-optimistic Earnings Projections Management does it all the time – set overly optimistic earnings and earnings per share projections to motivate financial analysts to give positive recommendations to current and potential investors with respect to stock holdings. It was the fuel that engineered... Read more →

What is the Value of Ethics Education?

Are Universities Successfully Teaching Ethics to Business Students? Last week I read an article on the failure of ethics education of business students to change the dynamic in the business world where the pursuit of self-interests trumps all else. We certainly have been through a decade or so of glaring... Read more →

Should Students who cheated at Harvard be Rewarded or Punished?

Students Disciplined in Harvard Scandal You may have read last week that Harvard has forced dozens of students to leave in its largest cheating scandal in memory but the institution would not address assertions that the blame rested partly with a professor and his teaching assistants. The issue is whether... Read more →

How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview

Behavioral Competencies Assessed by Employers through the Behavioral Interview Behavioral based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future (i.e. past performance predicts future performance).... Read more →

Does Everyone Lie?

Are we a Culture of Liars? In the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong fraud perpetrated on the entire world we have to question whether everyone lies. Has it become so ingrained in our national psyche that lying has become the right way to behave? I watched the Katie Couric interview... Read more →