Maya’s Memory Story
I watching my 12 year old daughter Maya incessantly memorising  facts about Opium war and I am wondering, what for? My rationale is anytime she needs that factual content she can look it up? I am a believer of what Seth Godin says. ” anything that can be looked up is not worth memorising.” But I was so wrong, yes she may…

The Meaningless Stock of Skills
For Yoky Matsuka, childhood was a period of confusion and blur. Growing up in Japan in the 1970’s everything seemed laid out for her in advance. Her parents believed in the importance of sports in her development and pushed her into competitive swimming at a very early age. They also had her take up the piano. For other children in Japan it…