The Education Gadfly Daily

Liam Julian
Mike is right: financial literacy is important, but schools can't teach everything. In fact, we wrote as much several months ago in The Gadfly. To suppose that America's possession of more financially literate 12-year-olds would have somehow staved off or lessened the subprime mortgage crisis, as...
Liam Julian
This week's Economist contains a special report on "digital nomadism," the ability to work, and to connect to family or friends, from just about anywhere. When Coburn Ventures, a consulting firm, first started up, its to-do list was as follows: 1) get BlackBerries, 2) start contacting clients, and...
Liam Julian
" Carney releases education plan for Del. " Step right up and get??your new??education plan! Public schools, private schools--everyone's a winner!
Liam Julian
Check out this , from The Corner, on Mexico's corrupt teachers' union. Gadfly has not ignored Mexico's union venality: see here and here . And neither have we failed to note that if education south of the border was stronger, there would be far fewer reasons for Mexicans to attempt illegal entry...
Over at CATO, Andrew Coulson blogs about our Catholic schools report , and says: It's hard to compete when the other??guy (read:??state-run schools) spends about twice as much per pupil but gives his service away for "free." It's hard but not impossible. Andrew should check out our chapter on...
Mike has a fair point that schools can't do everything. He might have added that it's hard to picture most high school teachers being able to confidently explain variable interest rates or balloon payments, or any students bothering to listen. But Liam reaches from that to imply that Bernanke is...
I'm not quite sure I understand Liam's objection to my earlier post on the economics of poverty. He says KIPP and its ilk work for lots of reasons, but it's safe to say that they wouldn't be nearly so successful without committed parents and students and staffs--advantages that most urban schools...
Gadfly Studios
Mike and Christina discuss Fordham's latest report, Who Will Save America's Urban Catholic Schools? httpv:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAzVVeX34g8
Liam Julian
Why is it necessary to measure student behavior by race ? Test scores are in this way disaggregated to prevent schools from ignoring struggling low-income and minority students, who in the past were often written-off as beyond hope. (Monitoring test scores by race is still problematic, I think, for...
Liam Julian
Fordham's new Catholic schools report, released today, is here . USA Today covers it here .

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