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The Cruel Irrelevance of Education Reform

Frederik deBoer points to a good piece by Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish education expert, on the difficulties of applying Finland’s education methodology to the United States.   454 more words

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Sponsored Content, Propaganda, & Public Behavior

Andrew Sullivan has been on a tirade recently against “sponsored content”.  His latest target – pro-Israel “advertorials” placed in Buzzfeed by ReThink Israel, an organization run by Sheldon Adelson. 316 more words

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Responsibility in Campaign Donations

There’s a great story in the Washington Post today about the Tea Party and their “political activism”.  The Tea Party, as it turns out, is a highly efficient mechanism for converting anger from senior citizens into… 158 more words

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SF's Unstable Housing Equilibrium

Much as I hate to say it, TechCrunch has a surprisingly thoughtful and insightful piece on the housing crisis in San Francisco.  I loved living in San Francisco, and what’s happening there makes me sad.   246 more words

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The Impossible Dream of Federalized Education

On pure policy terms, I like the idea of federalizing education spending, as Felix Salmon.  It will almost certainly result in more educational equity, a good thing in and of itself.   463 more words

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"Hashtag Activism" or Hashtag "Activism"?

I was vaguely aware of the little #CancelColbert Twitter tempest-in-a-teapot. Sorry, should I say #TwitterTeapotTempest?  Apparently while mocking Dan Snyder’s miserable efforts to make “Washington Redskins” socially acceptable, Colbert (in character) used some words that annoyed some people.   440 more words

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Should we ask Supreme Court Justices to Retire?

Seth Masket ably makes the case for lobbying elderly Supreme Court Justices to step down.  Ginsburg and Breyer are quite elderly, and to be frank about it, are unlikely to make it to the next Democratic President after Obama.   252 more words

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