Monthly Archives: January 2013

Some unexplored effects of MOOCs in the long-term

There is currently lots of thinking going on about the implications of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)–courses that are free online and enroll tens of thousands of students at a time from all over the world:  How will these affect … Continue reading

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Adults can calculate with fractions

Diane Ravitch’s blog recently posted a piece by a math teacher named Stephanie Sawyer who complains about the new Common Core math standards. I certainly have my own concerns about the Common Core (probably a topic for a separate post), … Continue reading

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The economics of a gun buyback counter-protest

Gun buyback (and competing gun auction) http://www.seattlepi.com/news/texas/article/Church-and-gun-enthusiasts-compete-for-weapons-4209609.php Apparently, a church in Seattle organized a gun buy-back where they offered $50+ for people to turn in their guns. A pro-gun advocate staged a counter-initiative across the street. Apparently, he organized an … Continue reading

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Teacher effects on cognitive and non-cognitive skills

There is a very interesting new paper out from C. Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University: Non-Cognitive Ability, Test Scores, and Teacher Quality: Evidence from 9th Grade Teachers in North Carolina. He looked at LOTS of data and isolated two factors–which … Continue reading

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Annual Report

Overall, 2012 was a pretty good year! Here are some of the noteworthy things to report… Professional: I got a new job! City Year! I’m getting paid substantially less, but I am WAY less stressed out and I am actually … Continue reading

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