education

Math, A&W, and Burger Sizes

Submitted without comment. Why Do Americans Stink at Math? – NYTimes.com: “One of the most vivid arithmetic failings displayed by Americans occurred in the early 1980s, when the A&W restaurant chain released a new hamburger to rival the McDonald’s Quarter…

Colleges and Cruise Ships

We’ve visited quite a few colleges in the last two years. Most of them now seem like a 4-year stay on a parked cruise ship. Unbelievably, and certainly unnecessarily, opulent. Most of the opulence seems to have little to do…

A Great Idea For Solving College Debt

We’ve discussed the problems with student-loan debt at length. Let’s look at a possible solution. I concede that it has many hurdles, most of them political. Escaping the Student-Debt Trap – WSJ: “Here’s his solution in a nutshell: Suppose an…

Two on Inefficiency and Waste

The first reminds of the classic “If You’re Paying, I’ll Have Top Sirloin.” How Valuable Is a Federal Grant? – The Beacon: “But what if the project’s organizers had decided that accepting the grant would have imposed costs of only…

Bloomberg On Speech

You can probably count the times I’ve been a fan of Bloomberg on zero fingers. But this speech blew me away. It’s fantastic. Definitely worth reading every word. Notable & Quotable: Mike Bloomberg at Harvard – WSJ: “Repressing free expression…

Bad People and Private Schools

This recent column from Slate is illuminating. And disturbing. UPDATE: Definitely read John Papola’s response, and Mark J. Perry’s rant. Private school vs. public school: Only bad people send their kids to private school. – Slate Magazine: You are a…

Study Discovers Law of Demand

I’m amazed that someone needed a study to learn this in 2013. Study finds differential tuition can influence enrollment levels – Inside Higher Ed: “When public universities impose higher tuition rates on some academic programs, students are discouraged to enroll…