Category Archives: Education

Chile Increases Taxes to Fund More Government Education

Chile passed a huge tax increase to further socialize education but the National Bureau of Economic Research isn’t convinced that it will work well. We investigate whether the inclusion of social rights in political constitutions affects social performance. More specifically, … Continue reading

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Charles Darrow on Educating and Raising Children

One of my favorite free Kindle books is The Story of My Life by Clarence Darrow, the great criminal defense lawyer best known as the hero in the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. The book is available from Project Gutenberg … Continue reading

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What Can We Learn from a 103 Year Old Woman?

Someone asked asked Evelyn, a 103 year old woman, about important career memories, and she responded: I was a teacher at the age of 14, and I taught in a one room school house. I have a lot of memories … Continue reading

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Food so Tasty that it’s Unfair

Former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos recently asserted: A society that is built on neoliberal economic ideas will indeed foster GDP growth and innovation. But unless it is complemented with public policy aimed at promoting equality, a free-market society will … Continue reading

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Laptops for Children in Peru and Uruguay

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is targeting Peru and Uruguay. Peru’s distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers children across the country easily ranks as one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in … Continue reading

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Will Finland Bail Out Nokia?

The Wall Street Cheat Sheet asks, Does Nokia Need a Bailout? The company is as important to the Finnish economy as the big banks are to the economies of Europe and the USA, and the Finnish government participates in the … Continue reading

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Software Legal Angels of Creative Destruction

Kenneth Anderson of the Volokh Conspiracy discusses the automation of boring legal tasks, spurred by a judge allowing the “use of predictive coding, a computer-assisted document review that turns much of the legal grunt work currently done by underemployed attorneys … Continue reading

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What Professors Refuse to Teach in Engineering and Business Schools

Engineering and business schools are a waste not only because they squander the time and money of students on subjects with little or no value, but also because they refuse to allow students access to essential knowledge necessary. Venkatesh Rao … Continue reading

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Are Apprenticeships Better than College?

Tom Clement, Senior Development Manager at Serena Software, earned a math degree, completed law school, and quit his legal career to learn C programming and a new career. Was his 7 years of schooling wasted? He suspects so because there … Continue reading

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Learn Spanish with the Rolling Stones

Mary and I went to see and hear Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, at Casino Arizona. The band plays great songs in small theaters and we had a fun time. The Stones wrote their best music during the Mick … Continue reading

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