Tag Archive for Education

EconTalk on Schools and Incentives

Fantastic recent episode of EconTalk. Definitely worth a listen. James Tooley on Private Schools for the Poor and the Beautiful Tree – EconTalk: “One good thing that’s happening because of it–you talked about corruption and so on. If you can…

Maybe They Can Just Dog-Ear The Bills?

Isn’t money fungible? Do they plan to keep the Google money in cash, and dog-ear the individual bills so they don’t go to the wrong place? Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research: “Stanford University recently declared…

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…