What’s Dennis Reading? – May 21, 2014

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Study: You Really Can ‘Work Smarter, Not Harder’
by Nanette Fondas, The Atlantic

A team of researches from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina found that learning is activated in a more efficient capacity if a lesson or engagement is followed with thinking about what was just presented. By reflecting on the experience or lesson, one has a stronger ability to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important aspects of what they just learned. The study also found that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Though the research team anticipated that teaching newly acquired skills or subject matter would surpass the effectiveness of reflecting upon new knowledge alone, the experiments revealed no significant difference- both increased performance.

Will college athletes unionize? A query for NLRB
by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter spearheaded the establishment of the College Athletes Players Association, which has taken the lead in organizing players now that the National Labor Relations Board agreed that football players at Northwestern University could create the nation’s first college athlete’s union. The regional director of the NLRB finally answered the question that everyone was asking during the debate over unionization: should football players who receive full scholarships from the school be considered employees under federal law and therefore be allowed to unionize?

America’s Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted
by Rebecca Rosen, The Atlantic

In a study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the U.S. falls below several other countries in productivity. After several years of studying, they found that when you take GDP per hours worked to get an hourly productivity rate, the U.S. falls short in comparison with other countries with work-life policies such as France. Though America is putting in the most hours, we are not actually the most productive. We are putting in longer hours at the expense of our health, families, and free-time.

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