To that end, each weekend I receive the Wall Street Journal on Saturday and the New York Times on Sunday via home delivery. Why do I do this?
- Receiving these two papers and their expanded weekend editions give me enough to read throughout the week. While I would love to read a newspaper every day of the week, I don't have the time to make full use of those resources.
- I've intentionally selected publications with a conservative and liberal editorial bent. It is important to me to be well-versed on all sides of issues. Then I am in a position to encourage the same with my students, encouraging them to move beyond confirmation bias to truly understand and intelligently converse on all issues -- even those with which they disagree. In my judgment, this is essential for our democracy, empowering the next generation to move beyond trite soundbites on issues to a greater depth of knowledge on topics.
- I am regularly taking notes on what I read in these publications and applying these notes for research or learning. For instance, in last Sunday's New York Times I discovered an organization known as The Commonwealth Club of California. This is a public affairs organization, and I found that they publish podcasts on a wide variety of topics of interest. Right now I am listening to Laszlo Bock, a Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google. There are some incredible ideas being generated by this interview. I will be writing about those ideas this week. This is an example of how I attempt to put new learning into practice as quickly as possible.