Category Archives: Education

COVID, Closings, and Context

What the ongoing arguments about school closings ignore is context, in several ways. Yes, there were other ways to control the pandemic (though it’s worth noting that, at local scales, we’ve historically closed schools for short periods to control influenza … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Learn During A (Mismanaged) Pandemic

David Wallace-Wells gets at something important in all of the discussion about the decline (for certain grades and subjects, among certain demographics, in certain areas) in NAEP scores (boldface mine): But when I look at the data in detail, I … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Fired Orgo Professor

Last week, the NY Times, in its ongoing effort to cover every single academic controversy that might involve the Dreaded Wokeness, had an article about an NYU organic chemistry professor who was fired based on bad teaching reviews–it’s worth noting … Continue reading

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The Cost of Public Four-Year Colleges

I realize student debt is so last week, but here’s the cost of a public, four-year college education, including tuition, fees, room and board, adjusted to 2020 dollars (data from here): It’s increased three-fold since 1980–and, yes, despite the historical … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Biden’s Student Debt Policy

Yesterday, the White House released its student debt plan. Here are some thoughts, in no particular order, about it: It’s a good start. Like so many Democratic initiatives, it is better than nothing, but it doesn’t go far enough. That … Continue reading

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All Hail the Imaginary Compromise Pundit Scam: The Student Loans Edition

To follow up on last week’s post about student loans, one thing we’re now seeing is the deployment of the Imaginary Compromise Pundit Scam. In days of yore, when the left, construed broadly, had to fight both Republicans and too … Continue reading

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At Least the Maryland State Board of Education Understands What Data-Driven Means

Unlike its Republican Governor. The Maryland State Board of Education wrote to Maryland Republican governor Hogan about his desire to remove masking for schools (boldface mine; leaving out the obligatory ‘Yes governor, you do have a Huge Swinging Cock’ boilerplate): … Continue reading

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The Cost of College Is Too Damn High

Many moons ago, some asshole with a blog noted that the cost of college tuition, when compared to the minimum wage, has skyrocketed: The median household income in 1960 was $5620… Housing was cheaper, thanks to suburban settlement policies. Scholarships, … Continue reading

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“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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