Archive for the 'Education' Category

Some Economic Perspective

Hat tip: Greg Mankiw

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The Ultimate Resource Returns

Starting this Friday, November 2nd, Free to Choose Media is continuing the work of its inspiration, Milton Friedman, of bringing the benefits of freedom to the people of this world, including its most remote corners. A new documentary, “The Ultimate Resource” which aired last Spring on HDNet is now coming to a wider audience through […]

Yet More Indoctrination

I know the left takes its For The ChildrenTM rhetoric seriously. However, I was not aware just how pervasively their anti-capitalism, anti-Bush, anti-war, and anti-military agenda was being pushed on our kids. Nickelodeon is the latest indoctrination arena where a “news” program hosted by Linda Ellerby offers stories such those found at this […]

Closed Minded Bigots

I found this post very apt to a situation we’ve highlighted here on this blog. I’ve noticed this time and time again, and have shut off even trying to change minds when I encounter this behavior. Best to point it out, and move on. You know, really move on, not moving on […]

Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later — Indoctrination

I hadn’t ever seen this series before, but I have to admit that I find this stuff pretty damn scary:

That’s just a snippet of what is apparently being taught to our kids of high school age. Not only are white kids being denigrated as being overprivileged and unappreciative of “what they have”, as the […]

Shift Happens

Sometimes information like this makes me sit back and think “whoa” (sounding to much like neo in the matrix.) Not only is this a small world (which we often forget,) but it is becoming an exponentially complex and interconnected one.

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The Singularity is Near.
Heck, I read sci-fi, and try to keep up […]

Bill Gates: Economic Piker

In inflation adjusted terms Bill Gates isn’t close to the wealthiest American ever. In fact, he comes in 13th(small pdf) and only about 1/6th as wealthy as numero uno. Don’t let your kids read the next fact:
The average net worth in 2006 of Forbes 400 members without a college degree was $5.96 billion; those with […]

The steady march to totalitarianism

Chavez begins bending another set of private institutions to his will.

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UC Irvine law school fires him for being too liberal?
About a week ago, Erwin Chemerinsky, the well-known constitutional law scholar at Duke, signed a contract to be the inaugural Dean of the new law school at the University of California at Irvine.
Yesterday, the Chancellor of the University of Cailfornia at Irvine flew to Durham and […]

My stupid state

I love Louisiana, but I can only argue about degree (not that I should) when it comes to what JR Ball has to say in the Baton Rouge Business Report (a truly wonderful publication, one of the nations best):
Of all the alarming stats and reports regularly published about the economic future of our state, none […]

Is Income Inequality such a bad thing?

Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy:
Income inequality in China substantially wid­ened, particularly between households in the city and the countryside, after China began its rapid rate of economic development around 1980. The aver­age urban resident now makes 3.2 times as much as the average rural resident, and among city dwellers alone, the top 10 percent makes […]

“The Ultimate Resource” Debut’s Tonight

For more on this television event at 10PM EST on HDNet you can go here and also see another excerpt on video here. This clip introduces you to James Tooley, Hernando De Soto and Muhammad Yunus whose work this show covers and explains. Milton Friedman’s legacy continues at Free to Chose Media.

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“… is this what we want …?”

Nicholas Winset is a professor at Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass. Or, at least, he was until a few days ago:
A professor at Emmanuel College has been fired for his in-class re-enactment of the Virginia Tech shootings.
Nicholas Winset was terminated and permanently barred from the Boston campus after a lecture he gave on Wednesday […]

Shift Happens: No more boring statistics

(Via: Pajamas) Please watch this. In understanding the world our ignorance is a problem, but greater still are the things which we believe we know about the world that we do not. Luckily for you, this is entertaining. Within minutes you will learn you probably are as well informed as Sweden’s top students and the […]

Computer Language Pioneer John Backus Passes

From the New York Times via Pajamas Media, I learned that John Backus died on Saturday. Now, the name probably doesn’t mean anything to most people. In fact, it didn’t mean anything to me, until I saw the computer language the team he led created. FORTRAN
Now, FORTRAN may be considered ancient history […]

Schools & Social Engineering

Podcast Follow-Up:
One of the articles that I mentioned in the podcast (which, looking back on it, was only tangentially related to the topic at hand, and only in the kindest sense of the term “tangential”) involved the Hilltop Children’s Center in Seattle. When discussing how the education industry had over-dosed on boosting kids’ self-esteem, […]

“Milton Friedman Day”

California and Chicago both declared today “Milton Friedman Day.” And PBS is going to air his biography, “The Power of Choice” tonight.
Friedman’s impact on history isn’t limited to economic prosperity. Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, explains Friedman’s legacy: “It was explaining the relationship between economic freedom and all our other civil freedoms. […]

Nobody’s Fault But The Blogs

I haven’t weighed in on the Duke rape scandal primarily because it’s been handled quite thoroughly elsewhere. However, today I read (via Insty) what can only be described as a model of supreme self-deception and insipid anlalysis:

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Religion in Academia

From Robin Hanson’s fascinating blog, Overcoming Bias, I found this:
Last November we learned that the US public believes in God more than college professors, who believe more than professors at elite schools:
Almost a third answered “none” when asked their religion — more than twice the percentage found in the general population. Science professors […]

From the Department of “No Kidding”

I went to get a copy of my local paper today, and while I was there I glanced over at the cover of USA Today to see what they were reporting, and I saw this headline:

Costs keep students from first-choice colleges

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