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We’ll dig down into this Current Affairs vituperation of Trump’s choice of Education Secretary in some more detail later (I’m off to class now). But two points in this article I’d like to make quite clearly and simply. The author starts out by trying to understand and articulate (in true Turing Test fashion) what the arguments made […]

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A perspective here: During student teaching, whenever my lessons were observed or critiqued, the criticisms leveled were not focused on my command of the material, my presence, or my ability to convey information, nor were they questions about my ability to engage students or plan lessons. The criticisms I received were almost always about some […]

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Tyler over at Marginal Revolution finds that about 20 states require some teaching of economics in high school. Implicit in the post is that requiring economics is a good thing. And why not? After all, the state of economic literacy in America is strikingly low, even among people who have taken some economics, and teaching […]

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When College is an Unwise Choice

“Graduating college is not a wise choice for all.” That is James Heckman. But what if it were truly free? In other news, it seems that for-profit colleges really are a rip-off.

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The Definition of Sustainability

Sustainability: [suh-stey-nuh–bil-i-tee]. noun. 1. The actions that will result in my organization or department in obtaining more resources. 2. Of, or pertaining to, the act of being unsustainable. OK, the second one was not nice. Sorry.

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Today marks the pinnacle of pathetic pandering in NYS as “we” head to the polls to annoint the latest power-mad, megalomaniacal people with our blessings of awesomeness. In that spirit, check out these 10 core principles from the “Bern’s” website:   AS PRESIDENT, SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WILL REDUCE INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY BY: Increasing the […]

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3rd Grade Brainwashing

This is what they are teaching my son in the third grade.  I want some new running shoes and hiking gear. So, I have a little extra money set aside to pay for that, that is a tax? I challenged my son this morning to change ONE word to the definition so that it may more accurately […]

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Go short on Universities – notice what has happened to the likelihood of finding a mate on campus. So, we now know that students study far less than they use to. We know that grades are being inflated. We know that students are leaving less prepared for the modern workplace. And now you don’t even […]

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I think I have stumbled upon a way to teach comparative advantage to those otherwise predisposed not to understand it, or to simply reject it because their tribal affiliations suggest they are supposed to. The beautiful insights from the basic Ricardian setup lead one to conclude that while Wintercow is surely the least intelligent economist […]

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Score another one for the importance of peer effects (in crime). Again, where is the cognitive dissonance when it comes to neighborhood based government schooling? Question for readers: do you think if we eliminated the neighborhood restrictions on schooling that the government schools would end up less segregated (not just by race by other socio-economic […]

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