Excellent WSJ Article on AP

Follow this to the article. Here was my comment. I am a retired math professor who, for years, taught gifted high school students that had completed AP calculus and who went on to attend elite schools.  I have a blog (See below.) where, by clicking on the category “AP”, you can read about AP courses, […]

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Making America Great Again Isn’t Just About Money and Power – The New York Times

No, it’s about education.  Here is my comment. Op-Eds like this are insightful, well thought out, and well argued, but – and it’s a gigantic “but”, with a gigantically hard solution – what proportion of today’s voters will ever hear this argument, or even understand it if they did? And why? Let’s skip the obvious […]

Wash. Post Columnist Asks “Is a college degree the new high school diploma?”

Here is the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/01/13/is-a-college-degree-the-new-high-school-diploma-heres-why-your-degrees-worth-is-stagnant/?utm_term=.de10fc02531b#comments I wrote, As a former math professor, I can assure the author that “a” college degree is not necessarily “just” a high school degree. That’s too optimistic. You have to start with college “courses”. Most are not your grandmother’s college course, maybe not even her her high school course. There are […]

Just Grade, Please.

Turning college into a zero-sum game hurts their chances of succeeding after graduation. Source: Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve Here’s my take. I’m a former math professor. From my experience, all of this fuss about grading is really a fuss about how students “feel”; that is, how they feel about their […]

The US productivity puzzle – This Financial Times’ Article Implies That Most Economists Miss a Critical Factor

The dramatic slide in US productivity will be one of the defining features of the next president’s economic inheritance. Yet when it comes to diagnosing the causes of the slowdown, or coming up with cures, there is little consensus among economists. Source: The US productivity puzzle: what policies are needed – FT.com This was my comment. […]

You Sure You Got That?

And now for a little humour. This is from a book by one of the most famous fly fishermen of all time. You don’t have to know anything about fishing; just pay attention to the math. “…to know what…size tippet to use, divide the size of the hook by three…” In case that is not […]

What Does the Graph Reveal?

In a novel experiment, the Education Department announced Tuesday up to $17 million in loans and grants for students to undergo training at eight entities that aren’t traditional colleges. Source: Obama Administration to Fund Nontraditional Training for Students – WSJ I wrote, After spending decades in one of the most corrupted businesses in America, it is obvious […]

Is a Ph.D. Holder a Qualified Ph.D.? Not Always

As the supply of doctorate holders grows and their academic job prospects dwindle, schools take steps to help graduates find work beyond the academy. Source: Job-Seeking Ph.D. Holders Look to Life Outside School My comment. Advice from a retired math professor:  Don’t be fooled by a doctoral degree- or the offer of one. Here is […]