Tag Archive for 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…

Student Loans and Incentives …

Wonderful piece from Glenn Reynolds. Incentives matter. Definitely click through. What’s Really ‘Immoral’ About Student Loans – WSJ.com: “… more than 40% of full-time students at four-year institutions fail to graduate within six years. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that…

Scariest Quote This week

“We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” – Melissa Harris-Perry Great column from fee.org. Collectivized Children : The…

More on Student Loan Debt Forgiveness …

Fantastic, and dead-on sentiments. Enjoy the vid. Your Student Loan Shall Not Be Forgiven : The Freeman: In the world of finance, “debt forgiveness” is not the same thing as regular forgiveness, wherein the aggrieved party absolves you of guilt…