Category Archives: Education

The Confession of a College Professor

George Mason University economics professor Brian Caplan, author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, confessed today that he teaches his students little that they can use in the Real World: I’ve been in school for the last 35 years … Continue reading

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How Google Sells to Schools

Mary and I attended a talk last week delivered by Jaime Casap, Education Evangelist at Google. Although most of audience probably enjoyed the presentation, I was disappointed because he spoke much more about the business culture at Google than about … Continue reading

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Should David Karp Have Dropped Out of School?

David Karp dropped out of school at age 15 and few years later became the founder and CEO of the microblogging site Tumblr. According to Wikipedia: A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller … Continue reading

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Why Tech Investors Enjoy Kitesurfing More Than Golf

If you are an entrepreneur seeking investors, you may have been given dated advice in business school to learn to golf, but CNet has another idea. Want a VC deal? Go fly a kiteboard: Valley VCs and entrepreneurs have long … Continue reading

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Why Students and Teachers are Striking in Chile

I wrote a few months ago about the success of voucher education in Chile, and thousands of students responded by staging a strike at the Presidential palace of La Moneda. I asked Chilean blogger Tomas Bradanovic to explain the strike. … Continue reading

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Bottom Up Strategies in Business, Part 1

Do exceptional leaders that plan new products grow faster than those using bottom up strategies, experimenting and failing often? Authors Peter Sims (Little Bets), Tim Harford (Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure), and Michael Shermer (The Mind of the … Continue reading

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Voucher Education in Chile

Childhood education in Chile is a good example of how a military dictatorship can be better than a democracy. The Pinochet government radically revamped education in Chile in 1981 and has become a successful laboratory studied by researchers around the world. Prior to that time, the national government was a democracy that operated most schools for children, enrolling 80% of students, using a national curriculum. Continue reading

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Software Publisher Proves College is Unnecessary

Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho, developer of applications such as word processors and spreadsheets that competes against Microsoft Office and Google Docs, recruits employees using a unique process that gives them an advantage over his wealthier competitors. Instead of hiring … Continue reading

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PayPal Founder Challenges Higher Education Bubble

PayPal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel challenges the higher education bubble in a recent interview. His 20 Under 20 Fellowship encourages young people to create technology rather than go to college, and is likely to prove that smart … Continue reading

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Poor Turbulent Families: Misfortune or Opportunity?

Is it possible for a child to overcome life with parents who act like children, too? Two memoirs of poor girls describe the pains and joys of surviving, and eventually prospering, by seizing opportunities despite difficult parents and poor surroundings. … Continue reading

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