Archive for the ‘Schools & Colleges’ Category

January 31st, 2019 - 9:58 am § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges


“Medicare for All” is a slogan, not a policy. If there is any real lesson to come from the Trump Presidency, the lesson may be the dangers of trying to base policy on a campaign slogan.  In 20 years, politicians will use the slogan “Remember the Wall” to accuse their competi[...]

November 23rd, 2018 - 12:31 am § in Schools & Colleges

45 injured in UW Marching Band bus rollover on icy I-90

A bus carrying members of the University of Washington Marching Band to the Apple Cup in Pullman crashed on I-90 Thursday night, injuring at least 40 of the passengers, none seriously. The bus was traveling on I-90 near the town of George when it hit ice and rolled over. George is about 15 miles eas[...]

November 2nd, 2018 - 6:03 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Idaho teachers’ Halloween costumes mock Hispanic students

Read story here.    [...]

October 3rd, 2018 - 1:38 am § in Schools & Colleges, UW

How Unions Destroyed Public Education

The WAPOST has an excellent OPED saying that we are training far too many elementary school teachers.  The article also argues that the real need is for teachers with expertise in specific content area, from English to Special Ed and STEM.   The article places the blame on teachers unions that re[...]

September 22nd, 2018 - 4:31 pm § in America, Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges

Poltical Correctness Undermines the Kavanaugh Hearings

How another Professor Was Punished for HIS act of Citizenship Amidst the drama of the Senate Judiciary’s abysmal behavior toward Professor Blasely Ford, another story of sex abuse and political correctness is getting too little attention. Michael Fischler is an award-winning professor of educ[...]

August 27th, 2018 - 1:28 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Schools & Colleges

Trump’s consumer agency suppressed report that banks are ripping off student borrowers

The student loan ombudsman at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal agency created by Elizabeth Warren and now run by Trump officials, resigned in protest today, saying the Trump administration “has turned its back on young people and their financial futures.” In a scathing l[...]

August 24th, 2018 - 10:34 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Running A University Like A Farm

Farms are good, right? So why shouldn’t we model university governance on farm management?   This is the farm, E-I-E-I-O. (Click to enlarge)   In theory, the farm is to be managed by a system of shared governance, under which all the animals are supposed to be equal, but in reality s[...]

July 23rd, 2018 - 8:25 am § in Schools & Colleges

Don’t they know any Latin in South Carolina?

“Summa Cum Laude” is censored. Read story here.  [...]

June 28th, 2018 - 11:48 am § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges

What if Girls Are Not so Good At Programming?

A UW instructor in comp sci recently got flamed on for raising the possibility that women are less good at math and comp sci.  Stuart Reges’own Chair lashed out saying that such an idea violated the Dept’s commitment to training women. As a scientist and, hopefully as a rational human, [...]

June 28th, 2018 - 8:25 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

In the midst of Trump’s war on Obamacare, there is another huge disruptive force, Amazon.  

Amazon buys online pharmacy PillPack I predicted this several months ago.  When Amazon bought Whole Foods it seemed to me that the best part of that deal was real estate.   Having parking and a presence in better-off neighborhoods was perfect. The rest of the puzzle was  the absolute mess of dru[...]