TSA and Impulse

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Many of our toys are made in China, sold to us in Wal-Mart, and pay for China’s military. On the other hand, much of our software and electronic innovation comes to us from Israel. There are surprising implications for our airport security…

Impulsive behavior is often associated with lower I.Q., impaired ability to make plans and see them through, to imagine novel outcomes, and to make some of them happen…such has been documented by ADHD researchers.  (See Barkley Russell, 1997, ADHD and the Nature of Self Control. NY: Guilford. However, domineering, physically active, risk-taking children are valued by nearly all of us if they are also smart. We say, “He’s got cojones!” or “She’s a ball-buster!” Such children are active. They are quick. But they are not impulsive. And they win!)

Impulsive people conform to explicit rules when there are explicit, personally relevant, immediate consequences for cooperation or cheating. Thus, imams, drug lords, and special educators manage impulsive behavior. So do police, lawyers, judges, parole officers, guards, USMC drill instructors, and smart mothers and wives.

What is the plan for doing such in TSA employees? Do we recruit the brightest and most determined? And do we reward either finding terrorists or merely running people through a scanner?

Implication: we need rules that have consequences instead of lawyers attached to them.

PROFILE but with Israel’s model!

 Use gifted sleuths who do the job because they love it rather than clock-watchers who gossip with co-workers and take long breaks instead of watching passengers before they come in line!

Sowell, Thomas (1993/2003) Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas. NY: Simon & Schuster.


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