More Education Matters

15-year old U.S. students ranked #24 for math in an OECD assessment program (PISA). For reading, they placed #15. In a Teaching Company lecture called “Underperforming Schools” Wake Forest…

Visiting the Labor Market

We might need to adjust how we think about the labor market. Yes, we know that the unemployment rate for February was 8.9% and that 13.7 million people are jobless.  However, to encourage thought…

The Right Stuff

Giving a grade of “One Pinocchio,” the Washington Post assessed the accuracy of President Obama’s February 7, 2011 speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Most interesting, though, w…

Education Matters

The NY Times tells us that students who graduate from “elite” colleges could be more likely than those at less elite schools to earn more and attend a prestigious graduate school. As a res…

Are You Middle Class?

What is the “middle class?” In a recent NPR interview, a painting contractor, an employee of Healthy Montana Kids, a man who runs a hi-tech robotic firm, and a hospice worker, all earning …

Kindergarten Matters

Several months ago, we asked if law school was a good investment. Now we can ask the same question about kindergarten. Saying that adult outcomes count while test scores do not, Harvard economist Raj …

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