Category Archives: Learning

The Education-Jobs Connection

June 5, 2018 Timothy Taylor of the consistently informative Conversable Economist blog provides a useful summary of and commentary on the connection — the not very healthy current connection — between our education system (K-16) and the labor market.¬† Mostly … Continue reading

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Ice Cream and Education

April 8, 2016 The good folks at the Economist have come up with a suggestion about how to boost scores of American students on standardized tests: eat more ice cream. ¬†They notice this pattern in scores on the international PISA … Continue reading

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How to Know What to Do

February 12, 2015 Our son, Robbie, is now a sixth grader at Mount Ararat Middle School in Topsham, Maine. He has the great good fortune to have Mrs. Latti as his principal teacher. She teaches the class science and math … Continue reading

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The Heart and Soul of a School

October 28, 2103 From the final report of visiting committee to Germantown Friends School with regard to its re-accreditation by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools: The classroom is the heart and soul of Germantown Friends School, a place where … Continue reading

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Liberal Arts Versus Technical/Career Education

June 29, 2013 A recent New York Times column by Verlyn Klinkenborg lamenting the decline of English majors has reignited a long smouldering disagreement about what students should study in college. The disagreement has various faces but is usually posed … Continue reading

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The Elusive Idea of Quality: A Tale of Two Titles

March 17, 2013 There is an important story given prominence in the today’s New York Times: talented, low-income high school students are not applying (and therefore not attending) highly selective colleges and universities, even though it wouldn’t cost them any … Continue reading

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Evaluating Teachers: The Current View from K-12

February 24, 2013 Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s chief policy wonk, has a fascinating, upbeat interview with Thomas Kane about the evaluation of teachers. Kane is professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty … Continue reading

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