It seems I’ve been channeling the Bursar this evening. Are you looking for a prestigious internship for your teenage child? Are you worried that, despite your best efforts to make Junior respectable in public, the interview skills aren’t quite where they need to be? Do you think s/he would benefit during a college admissions interview [...]
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One reaction some people had to my post on elite university admissions in a winner-take-all-society could be easily summarized: So what? Hundreds of thousands of families invest time, energy, hope and resources into attaining a child’s admission to Harvard, Princeton etc., most of them don’t make it, but life is tough, deal with it, nothing [...]
Megan McArdle is surely correct when she notes how much is expected today of young people who aspire to attend elite universities. Her own experience as a teenager was different: …the things that we achieved were basically within reach of a normal human being who was going about the business of growing up: playing a [...]
Edward Glaeser, an urban economist on the Harvard faculty widely and properly regarded as a smart guy, explains quality assurance for K-12 teaching in the Washington Monthly. Ed, don’t risk your day job. Glaeser’s article falls off at least two cliffs, a cautionary lesson not to opine outside the range of the data you actually [...]
Of course the Atlanta school miracle was faked. All school miracles are faked. Remember Dukenfield’s law!
How do you respond when a student, following a teacher’s instructions, sends you a question indicating absolutely no preparation?
Stanford University uses it wealth in the best way: To make high-quality education affordable
There’s an old joke about a man who asks a woman to sleep with him for $1 million. She agrees, whereupon he asks her to sleep with him for $1. “What kind of a girl do you think I am?” asks the woman indignantly. “We’ve settled that,” replies the man, “We’re just arguing about the [...]
Let’s reflect on the two real lessons of the Battle of Newtown. First, the Second Amendment is not about hunting animals and punching paper, it’s about winning a war against the government, and here we have a man who didn’t whine about tyranny, or run and hide: he took up arms like a Real American, [...]