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Education

September 22, 2014

"Learning another language? Don’t bother"

Foreign language fluency for native English speakers is rapidly becoming a lousy investment because of 1) big, rapid improvements in machine translation and 2) the diffusion around the world of English. But there are supposedly cognitive benefits.

"The Downside of Giving Every Student a Laptop"

I believe it

A new study suggests the policy may be doing more harm than good. It finds public school students in North Carolina who gain their first regular access to a home computer between the fifth and eighth grades experience “a persistent decline in reading and math test scores.”

In their analysis of data from 2000 to 2005, economist Jacob Vigdor and his colleagues warn that, for disadvantaged youngsters, the positive impact of having access to online instruction “may be negated by counterproductive use of computers, particularly by students in unsupervised home environments.”

Makes L.A.'s initiative seem all the more dopey: "Supt. Deasy's early and avid support of iPads under intense scrutiny".

September 18, 2014

"Common Core’s Five Big Half-Truths"

Frederick Hess of AEI whacks common core some.

Syllabus for "Soc 710: Social Theory Through Complaining"

Satire.

Each week we will focus on something grad students complain about when forced to take theory.

Link via Vox.

September 16, 2014

"Every Type Of Email College Students Send Their Professors"

Bullseye. A+

“Hey Dr. X, I actually have three other assignments due the same day as your assignment, and your class is the least important to me, so can I just not do it, or do it late or something? Thanks in advance!!!”

“hey professor!!! noticed that im getting a D- in the class, any chance you could make that a B+, otherwise i wont be able to graduate this spring and my entire life will be literally ruined forever. ps i probably won’t be in class tomorrow my hands are kind of cramping up”

Read the whole thing.

Link courtesy of my younger daughter. 

September 15, 2014

Sounds like good news

"Why More MBAs Are Becoming Entrepreneurs Straight Out Of Business School".

A decade ago, nearly all b-school grads flocked to traditional corporate jobs in finance and management.

Today, however, a growing number of newly minted MBAs decide to start their own businesses or go to work for Silicon Valley startups

"This Technology Could Have The Biggest Impact On American Jobs Since Offshoring".

But 3D printing, which last fall Credit Suisse forecast could grow up to 30%, has the potential to reshape how America makes stuff, creating new high tech jobs in the U.S. and bringing old ones back from abroad.

September 11, 2014

"I guess common sense isn’t on the curriculum this year."

You can say that again: "In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student". (Link via Instapundit.)

September 10, 2014

"Syllabus Tyrannus"

"The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi."

I absolutely concur with the observation. But I don't think she's got the causality right. It's a function of the huge growth of administrators, many of whom have it's-not-our-problem-we-warned-you (aka "cover your ass") as a primary objective.

September 08, 2014

"Top High Schools 2014"

Congratulations to Raleigh Charter High School, #29 in the nation.

September 04, 2014

"That was a tacit acknowledgment that one-size-fits-all was not going to work."

That's usually the case in schooling: "Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD."

In June, school district leaders began backing off of their "all-iPad" stance, allowing several LAUSD high schools to choose among six laptops instead of Apple's tablet. 

 

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