Michael John Carley, Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?, Huffington Post (August 26, 2014) ›

… The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

But low scores on an Emotional Intelligence test can then be assumed to reduce hiring potential as well as job retention, and therefore could alter the individual’s career track, even if they are successfully completing their job requirements. And since many non-apparent disabilities contain life experiences wherein people are often ostracized, or left out of “developmentally-appropriate” life markers throughout youth and early adulthood, two conundrums are immediately posed: 1. Is it therefore a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to subject an employee with a disclosed developmental disability to an Emotional Intelligence screening of any kind? And 2. If so, are companies actually even aware that such practices are illegal?

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TRS-80 Model 4

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Jennifer Petersen, Gender differences in identification of gifted youth and in gifted program participation: A meta-analysis, 38 Contemporary Educational Psychology 342 (2013) ›


Although numerous studies have researched gender differences in gifted identification and program participation, the results of these studies are largely mixed. The goal of the present study was to synthesize data on gender differences in gifted identification and programming by combining data from multiple studies into a single meta-analysis. The combined results from 130 studies published between 1975 and 2011 indicated that boys were 1.19 times more likely than girls to be identified as gifted and included in gifted programs. Moderator analyses indicated that gender differences were particularly evident among pre-adolescents, within gifted summer programs, and for students who were identified as gifted using IQ scores and standardized tests. Recommendations for reducing gender bias include encouraging pre-adolescent girls to participate in gifted programs and using multiple assessment criteria to identify gifted students.

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Javier Tourón and Marta Tourón, The Center for Talented Youth Identification Model: A Review of the Literature, 3 Talent Development & Excellence 187 (2011) ›


This paper reviews the literature on the Talent Search identification model that was developed by Julian Stanley as the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at Johns Hopkins in the 1970s and implemented by the Center for Talented Youth from the early 1980s through to the present. Other universities in the United States have also adopted this model for talent identification and development, and it has been adapted for use in other countries. To date, more than 3.5 million students have participated in Talent Search assessments, and hundreds of thousands of students have enrolled in specialized academic programs for able learners. Here we analyze the model’s founding principles, its universal characteristics, and its application and functioning in Spain. We conclude with some reflections about what we have learned and what could be done worldwide.

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Ayla Jean Yackley, Turkey's Top Cleric Calls New Islamic 'Caliphate' Illegitimate, Assyrian International News Agency (July 23, 2014) ›

The declaration of a “caliphate” by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey’s top cleric, the successor to the last caliph’s most senior imam, said.

Islamic State, an armed group formerly allied to al Qaeda that has captured swathes of territory across Iraq, last month declared its leader, Ibrahim al-Baghdadi, “caliph” - the historical title last held by the Turkish Ottoman sultan who ruled much of the Muslim world.

"Such declarations have no legitimacy whatsoever," Mehmet Gormez, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, the highest religious authority in Turkey, which, although a majority Muslim country, has been a secular state since the 1920s.

"Since the caliphate was abolished … there have been movements that think they can pull together the Muslim world by re-establishing a caliphate, but they have nothing to do with reality, whether from a political or legal perspective."

"The caliphate is erroneously viewed as a religious authority by Westerners, who see it like a kind of papacy. But historically the caliphate was a legal entity that accepted religious references. It was a political authority," he said

"The West looks for the roots of this terror and violence in religion, but these are not the wars of the Middle Ages, which were truly sectarian."

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Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as quoted in Yuksel Atillasoy, Ataturk: First President and Founder of the Turkish Republic 15 (2002)
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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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“Law is the only career I know that has a sub-profession dedicated to helping people get out of it,” says Liz Brown, author of the help manual, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have, published last year.

This sub-profession has found a market among lawyers for whom the moment of desperation to get out of the law firm is the first time they have had to think critically about their careers.

The problem can begin with the choice to go to law school, which is often made for reasons having nothing to do with the actual practice of law and without diligence about whether the profession is really a fit. “I like to joke that I’m a Jewish kid who didn’t like blood so I couldn’t go to medical school, so I went to law school,” says Casey Berman, a former attorney and founder of the blog Leave Law Behind, who admits, “I spent more time thinking about my iPhone purchase years later than a degree that was expensive and took three years out of my twenties.”

Leigh McMullan Abramson, The Only Job With an Industry Devoted to Helping People Quit, The Atlantic (July 29. 2014)
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