Higher education (page 193)

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    Western Carolina economics lectures target Chicago fire, prison gangs

    If you’re in Western North Carolina this week, you might be interested in a pair of economics-related lectures from a husband-and-wife team from Duke University. Emily Skarbek will discuss “The Chicago Fire of 1871: The Economics of a Polycentric Disaster Relief Effort” 5 p.m. Thursday at Western Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, September 27, 2011
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    With the title ‘The Shame of College Sports’ …

    … you knew The Atlantic‘s latest cover story had to reference the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Educators are in thrall to their athletic departments because of these television riches and because they respect the political furies that can burst from a locker room.
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2011
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    The shocking — shocking! — persistence of Marxist thought

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek features an article in which Peter Coy notes the surprising resilience of the ideas of Karl Marx, despite the fact that “Marx’s most famous predictions failed.” Why the persistence of such a heinous thinker — whose “followers included some of the 20th…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2011
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    Does the rising rate of N.C. community college students needing remedial coursework suggest a decline in high school graduation standards?

    Terry Stoops’ latest research suggests the answer is yes. While state public education officials have been quick to trumpet growth in North Carolina’s public school graduation rate, they have said little to nothing about the even larger increase in the rate of new community college students requiring remedial coursework. Stoops…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2011
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    Western Carolina economist offers one reason why education is overrated

    Virtually every politician of every stripe agrees about the importance of education, and many push for the goal of boosting the number of students seeking ever-higher levels of education. But Stephen Miller, assistant professor of economics at Western Carolina University, has identified at least one reason why education might…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Duke Cheston reports for Carolina Journal Online about the left-leaning topics that dominate the university lecture circuit in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes the importance for state economic performance of simple tax codes and lower-than-average levels of Medicaid and public assistance spending.
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2011
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    Impressive new evidence that school choice works

    In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, a quartet of Ivy League professors examined an open enrollment public school choice program implemented by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in 2002.  They found, Among applicants with low-quality neighborhood schools, [program] lottery winners are more likely than lottery…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2011
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    The dumbest generation?

    Those who read Mark Bauerlein’s book with that title might appreciate historian Niall Ferguson’s latest Newsweek column, in which he laments the fact that teens tend to read only tweets and texts — not books. Why does this matter? For two reasons.
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011