How Do We Get More People to Become Primary Care Physicians?
Answer by Jae Won Joh, M.D.:
A few thoughts:
Don't require an undergraduate degree before medical school. We're currently asking people to go into a relatively lower-paying field after accumulating a minimum of eight years of educational debt and three years of rapidly growing interest during residency training for family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics—why?
What Are Typical German Habits?
Answer by Judith Meyer, well-traveled native German, author of Understanding Germany:
Bringing flowers when visiting someone.
As long as the flowers are a colourful bouquet (or even a pretty potted plant) and not just roses, this won't necessarily be interpreted as a romantic gesture. Bring flowers when visiting elderly people in particular; parent-age people may also find a bottle of good wine or a box of expensive chocolates acceptable. Never come empty-handed. If you're going to a student party, you might bring something very cheap like a salty snack or a bottle of soda, but never come empty-handed.
How Can Parents Stop Texting From Becoming a Distraction for Kids?
Answer by Michelle Roses, raising two daughters:
Keeping in touch is great, but we've evolved into a society that requires immediate communication. We accomplish this via texting and following our social media feeds. Suddenly, “Katie is frustrated the line at Starbucks is slow” is important.
How Were the Sets and Costumes Designed in The Witch?
Answer by Robert Eggers, director, The Witch; Sundance Film Festival directing award, U.S. dramatic category:
Years of research went into understanding the everyday life of an English settler in early New England. In the writing process, I wanted to understand the agricultural traditions from England and how they would have changed coming to North America. I worked with museums and historians and consulted somewhat with people in the living history community.
How Do I Deal With a Misogynistic Co-Worker?
Answer by Sabrina Ali, marketing, former investment banking analyst:
It depends on whether your workplace is generally misogynistic or not.
If your workplace is generally misogynistic and this co-worker is one of many like-minded people, the best options are below, in increasing order of escalation:
Are We in a Higher Education Bubble?
Answer by Daniel Kaplan, classroom teacher for 15 years:
In a way, yes. First, we have to look at how we have dealt with education and the pathways young people have historically taken. We could track it all the way back to when the middle class was largely composed of journeymen who worked their way through being apprentices to being masters, guildsmen, and business owners. We eventually marginalized this system more and more until it largely died at some point. It was pretty rare as we moved into the 20th century. We started pushing education quite a bit more. When we started offering free education for the brave men who fought for our country in World War I and World War II, we weakened that system even more and created huge numbers of college-educated Americans who once would have been part of the blue-collar workforce.
Where Do the Voices in Our Heads Come From When Reading?
Answer by Paul King, computational neuroscientist, data scientist, software entrepreneur:
There are many theories about this, but no definitive answers just yet.
What’s a U.S. Senator’s Schedule Like?
Answer by Elizabeth Warren, U.S. senator for Massachusetts:
I have a commuting job. Monday afternoon through Thursday night, I'm in Washington—committee hearings, legislation, constituent meetings, policy expert briefings, and floor speeches about the issues we're fighting for. Friday morning through Monday morning, I'm in Massachusetts, meeting with constituents, attending events, visiting schools and businesses and organizations all across the Commonwealth. My days are packed pretty tight.
What’s the Most Important Thing Parents Can Do for Their Kids?
Love them and make them do chores. Seriously.
You see, one of the longest longitudinal studies of humans ever conducted—the Harvard Grant Study—found that professional success in life comes from having done chores as a child, and the earlier the kid started, the better. Being able to roll up your sleeves and pitch in, being able to do the unpleasant tasks without being asked, being interested in contributing one’s effort to the betterment of the whole—that’s what gets you ahead in the working world.
What Gendered or Sexist Words Do the Media Use to Describe Hillary Clinton?
Answer by Laura Hale, female:
There are a couple of media companies and nonprofits that focus on media fairness or discrimination, as well as universities and academic papers that have provided comprehensive lists of sexist words when applied to female politicians. I'm going to borrow from this a bit and try to contextualize this, and hope I answer the question. One issue with finding examples is there is so much discussion of this topic that it buries a lot of examples, and I refuse to dive that deeply into right-wing American news sites.