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“Schools that Work”

June 30, 2018

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A few different readers (and friends and family members) have sent me this David Leonhardt essay about the efficacy of Boston charter schools, based on yet another Josh Angrist study demonstrating this efficacy, and asking what I think about it.

I think the Boston charters are good for three reasons:

  • Lots and lots of smart people in Boston to staff them
  • Competition from a relatively high-functioning urban district.
  • Liberal/union politics that constrain them from growing and expanding too fast.
This is more-or-less what I tried to argue here. Freddie DeBoer, whom I don’t exactly always agree with, made a similar argument about Success Academies.
The question, then, is whether Angrist’s findings generalize to the rest of the country apart from Boston, and to charter schools’ ability to ameliorate inequality in different settings or in places where the students and parents haven’t deliberately selected into an extra-intensive schooling system.

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“Schools that Work”

June 30, 2018

spottedtoad

A few different readers (and friends and family members) have sent me this David Leonhardt essay about the efficacy of Boston charter schools, based on yet another Josh Angrist study demonstrating this efficacy, and asking what I think about it.

I think the Boston charters are good for three reasons:

  • Lots and lots of smart people in Boston to staff them
  • Competition from a relatively high-functioning urban district.
  • Liberal/union politics that constrain them from growing and expanding too fast.
This is more-or-less what I tried to argue here. Freddie DeBoer, whom I don’t exactly always agree with, made a similar argument about Success Academies.
The question, then, is whether Angrist’s findings generalize to the rest of the country apart from Boston, and to charter schools’ ability to ameliorate inequality in different settings or in places where the students and parents haven’t deliberately selected into an extra-intensive schooling system.

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“The Case Against Education”

June 30, 2018


spottedtoad

Bryan Caplan, the libertarian George Mason University economist, has written an important but flawed book, The Case Against Education, arguing that the problem with education is that it teaches you little but effectively separates high and low, sheep from goats.  Education is a race, which effectively and accurately sticks winner and loser labels on kids and adults. Because employers will pay for the distinctions education elucidates between dumb and smart, lazy and hard-working, “one of the crowd “and a free spirit, parents and kids will pay in blood and treasure and time to get a diploma or a degree or a doctorate. But school doesn’t actually teach kids much, and school isn’t much good for the society or the world. A sensible government will discourage this pointless rat race by subsidizing education little or not at all: no public schools or government-supported financial aid. A sensible government will encourage kids…

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No, Ontario has a plan for you: it’s called ‘political history’. ? One modern myth is that political annihilation awaits any government devoted to reliable and affordable power. The meme has it that 100% of voters are 100% in favour of 100% renewable energy. They just might be. But,…

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Three King Charles cavaliers and two ruby cavoodle puppies stolen from the family-run dog breeder establishment Banskia Park Puppies in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia on June 23rd have been found by police in poor health and unsanitary conditions. According to The Weekly Times, the puppies were not well and had to…

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Truth on the Market Judge Posner offers his thoughts on financial reform, mostly negative, at Bloomberg.   The thrust of the essay is that the financial regulation produced by the political process has, at best, a poor nexus to the actual causes of the economic crisis, and that what we are left with is primary reorganization …

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Truth on the Market Much has been made about the importance of Jones v. Harris as a battle in the ongoing war between behavioral economics  and rational choice/neoclassical framework (see, e.g. the NYT).   If the case if to be about the appropriate economic methodology or model for assessing legal questions, it is definitely an interesting …

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