Education

"Conservative professor mulls defamation suit against Penn for saying she made up black student stats"

She also wants to "defund the Ivies". 

Wouldn't that be a fun fight?

More from Professor Wax: "Penn Law’s Amy Wax on Being Ousted from Her First-Year Class Over Comments on Race, Performance and Bourgeois Values, Attacks on Free Speech, Criticism of Affirmative Action and Diversity, Hard Truths, Anti-Western Colleges".


"Think Professors Are Liberal? Try School Administrators"

Another reason--not that another one is needed--to increase the teeth to tail ratio in academia.

Intrigued by this phenomenon, I recently surveyed a nationally representative sample of roughly 900 “student-facing” administrators — those whose work concerns the quality and character of a student’s experience on campus. I found that liberal staff members outnumber their conservative counterparts by the astonishing ratio of 12-to-one. Only 6 percent of campus administrators identified as conservative to some degree, while 71 percent classified themselves as liberal or very liberal.

Related: "Good luck, Professor Abrams".


"Econ 1 v. the roadblocks"

Professor Gordon agrees with, and expands on, the assertion that "Econ 1 (or Econ 101) is all you really need". (I agree, too.)

He recommends The Economic Way of Thinking, which I also like. And I'll plug Trade-Offs: An Introduction to Economic Reasoning and Social Issues, Second Edition. (It's narrower in scope, but the benefit is a tight focus on a really important idea in economics.

Related, by Paul Rubin: "We Must Teach College Students Basic Economics".


"Even a Billionaire Can’t Get the Public School Monopoly to Work"

Microsoft workers used to say that billg had five brains and each of them was smarter than yours. So this is probably unsurprising:

Bill Gates himself sees the potential of this approach. He has wisely increased funding for public charter schools and for research in other education innovations. If he is looking for learning reforms that are effective, sustainable, and scalable, this is it. The formula for success is: Trust parents; avoid politics.