Category Archives: Education

“Vaxxed and Done”, “Vaxxed and Cautious”, but No Mention of Vaxxed and Sick?

Derek Thompson, in The Atlantic, with little data, argues that there are two types of vaccinated people. One is “vaxxed and done”: they’ve been vaccinated and are ‘returning to normal’ as a result. The other is “vaxxed and cautious”, who, … Continue reading

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As We’ve Prevented Inflation by Slashing Biden’s BBB, We Can Cancel Student Debt

Right? Among the many desperate rhetorical attempts by Senator Co-President Joe Manchin to massively slash President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) program, he has mentioned how the increased spending would lead to inflation (and a couple of points of inflation … Continue reading

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It’s Still About the Prevalence: The Schools Edition

In a really good article about how the U.S. screwed up school re-opening, Melody Schreiber makes a very important point (boldface mine): No one’s advocating another year of remote learning. But there are a number of things we could be … Continue reading

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Anti-‘CRT’ and Not Taking Personal Responsibility

From Traverse City, Michigan, we find this wonderful example of ‘heartland values’ (boldface mine): Nevaeh Wharton was busy with homework one evening in late April when her phone pinged with a warning. A friend had texted to say something disgusting … Continue reading

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Effects of Schools on COVID-19, Pre- and Post-B.1.1.7

There’s an interesting non-peer reviewed study that made the rounds earlier this week about the effect of school reopening on the spread of COVID-19. Here’s the abstract: This paper examines the effect of fall 2020 school reopenings in Texas on … Continue reading

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Most Schools Still Should Not Be Open Based on the CDC Criteria

Then again, we’ve never seriously used COVID-19 prevalence statistics to tighten restrictions, so why would we start now? As of yesterday, using the CDC criteria of 50 new cases per week per 100,000 people and a percent positive rate less … Continue reading

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Higher Education Downsizing and ‘Real’ Majors

There’s an entire outrage industry built on attacking various university departments that don’t teach ‘anything useful.’ Various state governors have jumped on board, and attempt to defund departments, the ones that they find politically incorrect. That’s how the discourse is … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the CDC’s New School Guidance

I realize last week much of the nation was watching jury nullification happen in real time (aka ‘the impeachment trial’), but last week, the CDC released an “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation.” For the first time in … Continue reading

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When Campbell’s Law Collides with COVID-19

For those who aren’t familiar with Campbell’s Law: “The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the … Continue reading

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What Normal-ish Means, Especially for D.C. Schools

One point some asshole with a blog Twitter feed routinely makes is that, if we could lower the prevalence of COVID-19 in D.C. to lower levels, we could return to normal-ish activities. So what does that mean? What we want … Continue reading

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