Education Policy Organizations Appear to Have a Bias Toward Private College Credentials

I have noticed when looking at nonprofits and think tanks that specialize in education policy, as well as other policies for that matter, that there seems to be a bias toward hiring people with degrees from private colleges.  Without knowing

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Metrification & Language Changes

Metrification would make learning math and science easier in the US.  Of course, in the short term there would be an awkward period of adjustment for people and some costly retrofitting and phasing out of machinery.  There was a failed

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The Value of High School Internships

Even in an educational system in which there is parity, underprivileged students may still undermine their own potential by wrongly assuming that their family and neighbors reluctantly hold jobs classified as “blue collar” because their potential limits them to this

Posted in Education Reform

Opening Doors for the Self-Taught

As a society we overemphasize college degrees and undervalue personal initiative.  There are heaps of people who out of a thirst for knowledge have educated themselves in various fields.  However, what are the chances that these self-made experts will be

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Dissolution of Class Ranks Until High School

Imagine a situation where young kids who aspire to be cartoonists or guitar players are placed in classes where they are regularly graded and ranked on their prowess.  If students scored near the bottom consistently, how more likely would it

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Increasing the Role of Federal Funding in Public Education

Among the reasons for the regional disparities in educational quality in the public system has to do with the source of funding.  Currently, public schools are primarily funded by state and local taxes.  Federal funding accounts for less than 10%

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A Few Points on Why the Gold Standard is a Bad Idea

I recently listened to the latest Intelligence Squared debate where the two sides essentially argued for and against returning to the gold standard (debate link).  While the side arguing against returning to the gold standard did a decent job of

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