This week’s links cover different topics, but mostly revolve around education.

1.  How Much My Novel Cost Me by Emily Gould
The danger of overconfidence, and the importance of financial planning. Also a good read for any wannabe writer. Do you have what it takes to live in the industry?

2. Poetry–Who Needs It? by William Logan from The New York Times
Why indeed? This is a question that might have haunted everyone who feels tortured in their language class. Yet, poetry will not cease to exist despite the low popularity. It is the fruit of language itself.

3. The Shadow Scholar from The Chronicle of Higher Education
In this age where academic dishonesty prevails, would you still believe the result of formal education? I don’t know how far we can trust this man, but one thing is certain: the education system is broken, and we are fighting a hopeless and hypocritical battle.

4. Indonesian Kids Don’t Know How Stupid They Are by Elizabeth Pisani
It never ceases me that it’s almost always expats who show the most concern to our country and brave enough to voice it out loud. On the other hand, Indonesians who don’t bother reading everything under the provocative titles are outraged, employing everything from Ad Hominem to Chewbacca Defense to Red Herring to uphold the bit of dignity they think tarnished. Maybe it explains why we score so low in reading comprehension. Because few bother to read at all.

5. When Ambition Trumps Ethics by Howard Gardner from The Washington Post
Someone once told me naivety wouldn’t last long if one dared to face reality. Ideals don’t have place in this harsh world. Despite that, I believe seeds of hope will still survive even though the soil is rough.

6. Should Three People be Allowed to Make a Baby? by Arielle Duhaime-Ross from The Verge
We are getting closer to human genetics experimentation, but the curiosity of science and the ethics of humanity are starting to collide. How far is too far? Should we be afraid of the advent of ‘designer babies’? For now, the answer is no. Not yet, at least.

7. Meet the Godfather of Wearables by Maria Konnikova from The Verge
Wearables are the next big thing! Dozens of hardware manufacturers have participated in the race to take the pie, to provide you with computers tiny enough to hide as fashion statement. Watches, glasses, maybe ties, and shirts. But they are not new, actually. Researchers have been fascinated by this notion for decades.

That concludes this week’s roundup. Which one piques your interest?