We stand on the edge of murky waters: a white millennial male writing about diversity in the workplace. But it doesn't take an advanced degree in sociology to determine that some approaches simply aren't going to work. One curious case comes from a recent story in the Washington Post, which reported about a presentation given to business managers at The New York Times. Apparently, those who failed to seek out minority candidates for hiring and promotion would be fired — or at the very least, strongly encouraged to leave. Is there something wrong with this?
The debate over standardized testing has been raging for years. The argument escalated in intensity following the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, which, in addition to other related requirements, mandated yearly testing of every student in all 50 states. Since then, teachers, parents, and students have weighed in with their ideas about whether these tests truly improve the educational system in the U.S. or if they do more harm than good.
For the northern regions of this country, summer is an especially sacred time: by April, 50-degree weather is impetus for shorts and a t-shirt, whereas Los Angeles folks are still bundled up in the low-to-mid 70s. That said, when summer heat rolls around, it can be especially tempting to take advantage of those fashion mistakes that society will justify in July. If you're an employee of HP, however, they just became much more than a simple faux pas.