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by on July 27, 2012 at 10:04 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. A decentralist defense of the minimum wage?

2. MIE: restaurants that will serve your dog (as customer).

3. Progress in athletic performance.

4. Can poor teachers learn to become good ones?

5. New Fuchsia Dunlop cookbook due February 2013, pre-order here.

6. A real copy of Austria in China.

Andrew' July 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

1. Why on earth would you link to and endorse a view which the author himself does not endorse and cites yourself as opposition!?!

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Adrian Ratnapala July 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

It gets weirder though when you actually read the link to TC’s post. The theory there is exactly the same one as in the Forbes piece.

Zachary July 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Indeed! WAAAY too many ‘if’s!

Cliff July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

It’s a very Tyler-esque piece

Sean P. July 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

Does it really take an entire year to prepare an American edition of a cookbook? The UK Every Grain of Rice came out months ago, and my local cookbook store is already selling grey-market imports.

dan1111 July 28, 2012 at 6:33 am

Having lived in both the U.S. and U.K., I don’t find this surprising. There’s more to it than just changing the measurements and spellings. A lot of staple ingredients differ between the two countries. Even something as basic as flour is different; recipes we routinely made in the U.S. did not work properly using the same amount of U.K. flour. They likely have to reformulate and test all of the recipes in the book.

freethinker July 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

#4: What if the teachers are a dedicated lot but are unlucky enough to be in a school with rampant indiscipline among students , and no help from either parents or administration to quell this indiscipline? A British school teacher told to me that her American counterparts used to complain that while they were expected to ensure good examination results, they were not allowed to enforce class discipline needed for this , unlike in Britain ( at least till the 1980s.) And why not penalize the administration for not being able to motivate teachers to excel in the classroom? Why are only teachers always blamed when the administrators too may be responsible?

allen July 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

What if they are? Capable people end up in bad situations for which they bear no responsibility all the time. Life’s like that. Should lousy teachers get a pass because good teachers have a tough time of it?

It seems to me that your comment places too much emphasis on the teacher and not nearly enough emphasis on what the teacher’s hired and paid to do. Your comment also delicately sidesteps the issue of the degree to which teaching skill is valued by the institution for whom the teacher works. After all, administrators who neither insist on an environment conducive to learning nor back up teachers who are trying to maintain such an environment don’t do so accidently. Administrators have no particular incentive to maintain an orderly environment, conducive to learning, so they don’t. Perhaps the reason administrators are so often unconcerned with a disorderly school bears some examination? Without, of course, overlooking the important task of chucking lousy teachers into the street.

I don’t envy you the task of trying to excuse teachers from their professional responsibilities while not calling to attention the reason teachers need to be shielded from a failure to perform their job.

The public education system does rely to a great extent on the largely unvoiced assumption that education is the purpose of the organization and too close an examination of the public education system’s liable to puncture that perception. So you have to walk the tightrope between defending teacher’s failure to teach and the reason why that failure has so little in the way of professional consequences.

Floccina July 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

1. A decentralist defense of the minimum wage?

I have thought that it might be good for me if the minimum wage were higher. The quality of restaurant workers would be higher the service better and the worst workers unemployed and out of sight. Prices would be a little higher but I can afford that. Never the less I do not support a minimum wage.

dan1111 July 28, 2012 at 6:37 am

The tipping system better achieves this goal, without the negatives that come with a minimum wage.

Dismalist July 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

#1. A decentralist defense of the minimum wage?

Fallacy of composition!

My father worked in a bread factory into the 1960′s. The place was unionized and delivered a real wage increase each year. Upon being granted the wage increase, the machines were simply turned faster. The only people who could keep up had high physical stamina and lots of learning by doing. Newly hired workers, including physically strong young men, typically walked off the job after a day or two.

My father survived this process. Can everyone?

jorod July 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Higher minimum wage means higher prices. That means more sales tax revenue. It’s really a backdoor way to get more tax revenue.

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