Education

"There’s Something Rotten in Academia"

My conjecture is that this is a widespread condition:

There was a combination of reasons why I decided to leave teaching, but the one foremost in my mind was this — I came to the conclusion that about a fourth of the students in my classes were in the wrong place. They were wasting their time, my time, and theirs’ or their parents’ money.

The issue, as I saw it, was their lack of intellectual curiosity. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. We all have different interests. Some were there as a way of delaying adulthood for four more years. (Many of them managed to do that for five, six, or seven years.) There’s nothing essentially wrong with that either, but it ought not be subsidized with taxpayers’ money.


"Open Syllabus Explorer"

"The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) collects and analyzes millions of syllabi to support educational research and novel teaching and learning applications."

The most frequently assigned title across "6,059,459 syllabi" is Strunk's Elements of Style. The most frequently assigned title in economics is Mankiw's principles text. (Mankiw's books are also #2 and #3 in economics.)

For what economists should do about Marx's high ranking in economics, see this interesting post by Professor David Tufte.


"The Battle of Grace Church"

The vicious infighting over the leadership of a top Brooklyn preschool

It seems as though the new head was not a good fit with at least some of the parents and staff. The message to me is this is why interviewers spend a bunch of time trying to determine if new hires are "clubbable"--whether they are compatible with the existing corporate culture.

Here's an alternate takeaway: ".  . . the article was published was to stir up anger against a bunch of rich white women in Brooklyn".