Best of 2013,
Notes from all the stories we read this week, including the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed and Matter.
Software engineers are paid well, but they still don't seem to move into leadership roles. Church investigates what happened: "There was a time, perhaps 20 years gone by now, when the Valley was different. Engineers ran the show. Technologists helped each other. Programmers worked in R&D environments with high levels of autonomy and encouragement. To paraphrase from one R&D shop’s internal slogan, bad ideas were good and good ideas were great. Silicon Valley was an underdog, a sideshow, an Ellis Island for misfits and led by 'sheepdogs' intent on keeping mainstream MBA culture (which would destroy the creative capacity of that industry, for good) away. That period ended."
A data journalism professor's experiment reveals a very big problem with standardized tests at the schools in Philadelphia.