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A good teacher can make a difference in academic outcomes of students and so can a good school. The problem is when people start believing that these are the only important factors for academic success or that other factors such as parenting, peers, environment, and other socioeconomic factors are less important. Another variable often sidelined in such discussions is student ability. I once taught a bunch of preschoolers. It was a revelation to me that each child was quite different from the other not only in personality but also in ability to learn and apply. Even in the best of schools, there are laggards, along with brilliant students. People forget that both sets of students have the same teachers and the same school.

This first write-up about unequal academic abilities was definitely interesting; this one is under the heading “an assumed admixture”. But I also found this other gem (three vignettes on diet and personal and public pressure) – which attacks our assumptions on certain foods and drinks. More appropriately, it will make you think what makes us make certain food choices and which things (like shame) can keep us away from unhealthy foods.