Sentences to Ponder (Two on Neural Diversity)

1. Autism in Silicon Valley

“If a tech company wants to seriously engage Autistics in the work environment, they must comprehend that we are not burdens, and that we are competent. By seeking us out as employees, they are not helping rid society of a problem.”

2. The advantages of dyslexia

“Neurological differences similarly drive the engine of society … impairments in one area can lead to advantages in others, and it is these differences that drive progress in many fields, including science and math.”

3. Jonathan Alter on education reform

“Exactly 20 years ago, I moved with my family to New Jersey and began periodic visits to Newark schools. Despite shockingly high per-pupil expenditures, the schools were mostly horrible, with pathetic graduation rates and students offered almost no chance to escape from poverty.”

4. Fukuyama says we’re screwed

“The depressing bottom line is that given how self-reinforcing the country’s political malaise is, and how unlikely the prospects for constructive incremental reform are, the decay of American politics will probably continue until some external shock comes along to catalyze a true reform coalition and galvanize it into action.”

Note: Fukyama’s (long) essay is a must read for those trying to reform government. 

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