Assorted Links

by on June 11, 2007 at 4:33 pm in Economics | Permalink

1.    Roland Fryer’s plan to offer cash for learning is moving forward slowly but surely.

2.    The NetFlix prize is moving forward slowly but surely. 

3.    Greg Mankiw was almost a philosopher but decided the money was better in economics and almost a lawyer but decided the money wasn’t worth the boredom.  Clearly, Greg made good choices.

1 US June 11, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Link #1 and #2 are identical, both leading to the cash for learning article.

2 DK June 11, 2007 at 5:20 pm

I wonder if the quoted educators who think higher pay won’t affect student achievement also believe that higher pay won’t affect teachers’ achievements. i’m guessing not.

3 thehova June 11, 2007 at 5:43 pm

its nice to see greg mankiw and tyler stick up for Rorty. I can’t think of another philosopher who has Rorty’s influence outside of philosophy departments.

4 PrestoPundit June 11, 2007 at 10:49 pm

From the look of his economics Mankiw would have been a horrible philosopher.

5 patrick June 12, 2007 at 3:28 pm

I have to doubt that the incentives proposed ($25 or $50 dollars) are anything close to high enough to encourage any meaningful effort on doing enough learning to improve one’s performance on a standardized test.

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