“Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs” (NYT) But Here is Why, and They Shouldn’t

Source: Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs - The New York Times I wrote why, at least in my opinion> The keyword is “SKILLS”, as in “If you worked in Detroit for 10 years, you don’t have the skills to go into health … [Continue reading]

“Why Singapore’s kids are so good at maths” – and the US Isn’t

Source: Why Singapore’s kids are so good at maths Here is a highlighted quote from the article. Mathematics in Singapore is not about knowing everything. It’s about thinking like a mathematician Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s education … [Continue reading]

NYT “Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass”Larger Questions? You Bet!

Source: Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass - The New York Times I wrote: Here is the "..Large Question.." and its Obvious Answer. (Even though I'm a professor, please don't sleep through this.) Larger Question: … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Opened Twitter Account @markhighered

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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, … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]