Candy Land Is Hell. Plus Pension Stories, Financial Literacy, Gun Anxiety, Jeb On NAEP, More!

We could all do with more financial literacy – Max Marchitello with the teacher angle on that.

The 74’s Bev Weintraub on Tammie Jo Shults: Good pilots are calm under pressure, she’s a very good pilot.

Pew with some troubling data on how scared kids are about gun violence at school. Troubling in no small part because it’s a level of anxiety entirely disproportionate to the threat. You might be surprised at the many things, from the too common – cancer and car accidents – to the unusual – becoming a child bride – that are more likely to happen to young people than being shot in school. It’s terrifying when it happens, yes, and we should improve policy here, yes, but we shouldn’t let that cloud our judgement in how we present this to kids.

Here’s an interesting analysis of boundary patterns and enrollment in DC schools.

Jeb Bush on NAEP and Florida.

Mike Antonucci takes a dimmer view of the Oklahoma strike. He’s right in terms of the facts on the ground – which were not well reported in many media accounts. But I’d argue the unions were in a heads they win, tails their opponents lose situation. There may be some momentary frustration but they were playing a longer game here.

These kinds of pension stories about outliers and weird spikes are hard to lay off of, so they get headlines and illustrate that pension plans are a lot more arbitrary than people think. But they’re not the core problem – the core problem in education is that traditional pensions are just a poor fit for the labor market today and need some updating.

Candy Land is hell. How to cheat at games with your kids.

Here is a SEAL seal with a knife.

One Reply to “Candy Land Is Hell. Plus Pension Stories, Financial Literacy, Gun Anxiety, Jeb On NAEP, More!”

  1. Re: Jeb on NAEP and Florida: Governor Bush is right insofar as he claims advanced magnet scholarships work: financial incentives rewarding student study underlie engagement in advanced studies in states leading the world at the international level, such as Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, which all make university study free of tuition payments for qualified students — but those qualifications are at least a year beyond the flimsy proxies that even the most selective American colleges use, such as the SAT; and leading districts such as Singapore are similarly rigourous in their standards. America’s Ivy League rewards student marketing activities like football and cheerleading, but this self-serving behaviour has a disastrous backwash effect upon American high schools, which blunder on the path set by Charles Eliot over 100 years ago — excusable in his time, but not in ours.

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