Archive for April, 2012

Education: Fix is easier said than done.

Mike Feinberg: Let Teachers Teach

 

The co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program explains how charter schools may solve bureaucratic red tape in the American school system.

More like he explains *that* it must be done rather than how. KIPP is a great program, but the challenge is overcoming the fierce resistance of entrenched unions & administrators & politicians. Overcome that & teachers will teach.

Freeing teachers and principals to do what they do best is a big step. It takes enormous dedication to students and a clear commitment to accountability in order to work. But when all these elements are combined — a clear goal and achievable standards, authority at the school level, and flexibility in the classroom — the results are powerful and transformative.

More, please.

Mmmmmmmm. Science!

Dave Mosher: Fading Star Shoots Searchlight Beams

The Hubble space telescope has taken the most detailed photograph yet of a fading star that’s beaming twin searchlights through its dusty grave.

Win The Future

Michael Walsh: About That New Obama Slogan:

“Forward,” that is. I knew that sounded awfully familiar. From Wikipedia:

Vorwärts (“Forward”) was the central organ of the Social Democratic Party of Germany published daily in Berlin from 1891 to 1933 by decision of the party’s Halle Congress, as the successor of Berliner Volksblatt, founded in 1884.

Friedrich Engels and Kurt Tucholsky both wrote for Vorwärts. It backed the Russian Marxist economists and then, after the split in the Party, the Mensheviks. It published articles by Leon Trotsky, but would not publish any by Vladimir Lenin. . .

Vorwaerts lives on today as the house organ of Germany’s leftist SPD; you can read all about its illustrious history here (in German).

And if you don’t think David Axelrod doesn’t know this, you really ought to think again.

Stagflation

Tim Price: What Is The Consequence Of Printing Money That Nobody Wants?

Stagflation– the utterly painful combination of stagnating growth and steep inflation that marked the 1970s– and will be the natural side effect of extended central bank quantitative easing during a period of widespread deleveraging.

Oh, goody.

By definition, we cannot shrink our way back to the sort of growth required to service the West’s accumulated debts. Something has to give.

That something will ultimately be social and political disorder on a continent-wide basis, particularly as the taxpayer becomes increasingly frustrated in his obligations to fund the rapidly growing and untenable costs of Big Government.

At least this is America, not Europe! It couldn’t happen here.

Insight on Afghanistan via Brit Hume

Lucas Tomlinson: What I learned in Afghanistan

We can no longer expect elements of big government to create security and prosperity and eliminate injustice and corruption in Afghanistan any more than we can expect big government to accomplish that in America.

Read the whole thing. (h/t Brit Hume)

Higher education bubble

Jerry Pournell: Higher Education whirlwind. And check your DNS virus

What everyone seems to overlook is that the cost of college tuition will always rise to exceed the amount of money seeking tuition. The more money the government puts into the market, the higher the price of college, and it will trickle down from Harvard to the meanest community college. When more money chases goods, the price of the goods goes up; and if government then acts to increase the money supply, the price will rise without limit

You can live on Monkey Chow? Monkey Chow exists?!

So now it is becoming manifest that not only is the public school system nearly worthless, but half the graduates of the higher education system are unemployable.

Credentialed not educated & burdened with debt.

Meanwhile, make sure your kids can read. By read, I mean that by the end of second grade they can read any word in the English language including “big words” like Constantinople and Timbuktu but also polyethylbichloridetoluene. If they can’t read that word – slowly and with difficulty and of course without understanding because there ain’t no such thing – they can’t read. “Reading at grade level” means illiterate. Make sure you understand that if you have children or grandchildren ‘reading at grade level.’ Go towww.readingtlc.com for more information.

Read the whole thing.

Domino Project

Fascinating:

At the end of 2010, Seth Godin (that’s me) set out to poke the box and engage in a year’s worth of publishing experiments. The plan was to build a publishing imprint, powered by Amazon and filled with thoughtful books by inspired authors.

This page will review what we published, how it worked and what we learned. My announcement is here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/11/the-last-hardcover.html

Check it out.


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