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Our Class Rules

Like many parents, last week I was able to attend the opening meetings at our childrens’ school which included a brief “ra ra” assembly with the Principal and then we go to the classrooms to meet the teachers and listen to their shpiel on how they will educate our kids and how lucky they are to […]

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Information Overload

There is no doubt in my mind that Universities are doing themselves and their students a disservice with the amount of information that they slam them with to start their college careers. Many schools. ours included, have nearly an entire week of new student Orientation that is packed from morning to evening with activities and […]

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I very much enjoyed this article on the possibility of molten-salt nuclear reactors becoming operational in the near future. They are safe, and they can use spent uranium to fuel. For those who know me, I was a physics major back in the day, and badly wanted to go into the field of nuclear power […]

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Next week is election day. If you did not know about it, that is because yo’re not supposed to know about it. We hold our annual school district elections on their own day in the spring. I am sure if you were to ask why they are held in the spring and not on the day we […]

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Forgive my stereotyping. I’d argue that a general position on the right is that “they” are opposed to the expansion of Pell Grants. Indeed, a hypothesis (that I’ve even published on back in my days as a useful scholar) that gained traction in those circles is known as the “Bennett Hypothesis” – a not crazy […]

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Worth far more than a mere link, UCLA economist Matthew Kahn comments on Alan Dershowitz’s retirement from Harvard’s faculty.

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Here is some unsolicited advice for my students. My university, like many I am sure, offer students the opportunity to take a class with a Pass/Fail option (S/F in our university lexicon). The stated reason for this, like all things in education, sounds quite reasonable: to allow students to explore a wider and more challenging array of […]

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My inbox this morning greeted me with two things. First this: University Sets Tuition Rates for 2014-15  Tuition for undergraduates in the College and the Eastman School will be $46,150 in the 2014-15 academic year, a 3.5 percent increase from 2013-14. Read more… Then this: Does Classroom Time Matter?  A Randomized Field Experiment of Hybrid and Traditional […]

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I’m Soooooo Exploited

In my inbox today (I have no idea how it even got to me, by the way, as a grad student at Cornell, they UAW tried to unionize me): Hi Michael –  “Being an adjunct can be an isolating experience.  Our schedules alone discourage interaction with one another.  However, stories I’ve heard from fellow contingent […]

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Readers should be on alert, this is me confirming my biases. I am sure, too, that this research is only the case in Eastern Europe, never could imagine the same result holding here in the good ol’ U.S.S. of A.  I found this interesting in light of last Friday’s post. School, what is it good […]

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