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July 03, 2014

"19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter"

As my mom used to say about chicken soup: these may not help you, but they couldn't hurt

July 01, 2014

"Does Leisure Outstrip Learning at Dartmouth?"

At NC State I had a small--small--problem with Friday afternoon and early Monday morning classes.

But we weren't Ivy League


June 23, 2014

"Focus on science, tech pays off in soaring graduation rate"

Unsurprising--unless you're one of the militant humanities professors we hear more from these days: you show kids what they're learning in school is useful and makes them directly more employable, and guess what? They do better. In the case of this one Washington State high school, apparently, much better

June 18, 2014

"Harvard 2014 by the numbers"

Still a lot of Harvard grads--at least of the ones responding to the survey--going to work in finance and consulting.

June 17, 2014

If you're reading this blog . . .

. . . and you're not reading Glenn Reynolds's Instapundit blog, you are missing an enormous treat. Some samples from just the last few days:


Lots of hungry lawyers out there, and lots of university administrators who think the law doesn’t apply to them. A recipe for riches!

"SEX, DOLLAR BILLS, and the Venezuelan black market":

Socialism always starts with the same promises, and ends with the same failures. And yet it’s always presented as something shiny and new!

"RON FOURNIER: I’ve Had Enough:’ When Democrats Quit on Obama: Bergdahl swap is latest last straw for top Democrats frustrated with president’s leadership. Who knew so many Dems would turn racist in 2014?"


"HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Morbid Fascination With The Death Of The Humanities."

So too with the academic humanities, which have largely squandered the moral and intellectual capital they once possessed by adopting the roles of adversaries to, rather than preservers of, the larger culture. This, too, turns out not to be sustainable.

"Putting Teacher Tenure In Context"

Economist Adam Ozimek presents a smart article. Sample:

Another important policy related to the tenure issue is increasing the number of charter schools. When administrators are capricious and ineffective, as surely there are some times, it’s important that teachers have alternative employment opportunities nearby. After all, the economic justification for teachers unions in the first place is to counter the monopsony power of the local school district. But in many places, especially dense urban areas, this can be done by increasing the number of teacher employers as well. If a public school fires a great teacher for a bad reason, having a smart charter school nearby to hire them will be good for teachers and students alike.

June 16, 2014

"School Lunch Revolution: How the Free Market Is Tackling Bad Cafeteria Food"

I score it free market, 1; government-funded-and-operated cafeterias, 0.

As Washington spins itself in circles trying to make school lunch programs healthier, here's a hint at how the free market could come to bear. The investment fund Revolution Growth, run by AOL co-founder Steve Case, just announced that it's putting $30 million into Revolution Foods, a company founded eight years ago by two mothers devoted to improving cafeteria food at their childrens' school.

Co-founder and CEO Kristin Groos tells TechCrunch that she and partner Kirsten Saenz Tobey saw that "there was a large scale business opportunity to address the intersection of healthy, affordable, kid-designed, and loved meals."

June 10, 2014

"Business School, Disrupted"

Can HBS successfully practice what it preaches?

If any institution is equipped to handle questions of strategy, it is Harvard Business School, whose professors have coined so much of the strategic lexicon used in classrooms and boardrooms that it’s hard to discuss the topic without recourse to their concepts: Competitive advantage. Disruptive innovation. The value chain.

June 09, 2014

Screamingly funny or tragic: you decide

In the last three days, Rashad McCants, star of the 2005 UNC-CH NCAA men's basketball champions and latest to accuse Chapel Hill of grave academic malpractice, has been accused of being a borderline psychotic, a thief, broke and trying to write a book, and possessing a deep, longtime grudge against his Chapel Hill coach, Roy Williams. (Go to the comments here for some of the allegations, especially the comment by "postreader118".)

All of which may be true.

But amid the charges, countercharges, screaming, and shouting, the best article I've seen--not coincidentally one I agree with 100%--is Dan Wetzel's "Rashad McCants' academic fraud claims put UNC's Roy Williams under scrutiny".

Wetzel argues that McCants's transcript--which though "unofficial" no one at Chapel Hill currently seems to dispute--and Chapel Hill's apparently utter lack of interest in then, and now, is sufficient to damn. Key paragraphs (but read the whole thing):

Rashad McCants – the Tar Heel player who demanded the most attention to remain on the straight and narrow, the Carolina star who was least likely to become a straight-A student – pulled off an all-timer of an academic comeback. Yet when the grades came through the system, apparently no one in the athletic department in general and basketball office in particular said, "wait, what?" . . . 

If Roy didn't know something was potentially problematic here, then maybe someone should look into his old UNC academic work because there is no way someone that clueless could have possibly earned a degree from such a fine university.

I mean, dadgummit. Rashad McCants? Four A's? Ha.

But wait, you say, where's the "funny"? Go to the (NC State) Wolfpack fans' site or to the Chapel Hill fans' site. At those places there is an enormous amount of humor, both intentional and unintentional. 

Good for a laugh--or several--is the NCAA's vaunted enforcement

And, of course, Hitler has learned about Rashad McCants.

June 06, 2014

Rashad McCants speaks out . . .

. . . on the dirty goings-on with UNC-CH's basketball team

He made a 3.4 in courses in the African-American Studies department and a 1.3 in courses outside it.

I suspect UNC-CH is heading for a huge fall.

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