Education

"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.


"Sweeping lawsuit would create a general mess"

Sounds pretty bad to me.

The case will now return to district court, where plaintiffs will push for a sweeping plan to sort metro-area students — including those in suburban districts and charter schools — into schools on the basis of their skin color. Expect the plan to require massive public funding, essentially end local control and entangle our state’s public schools with the courts for years to come.

It may also compel major shifts in school district and/or school attendance boundaries and result in the race-based busing of tens of thousands of metro-area students.