Read — 2013/02/26
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “Head Start for All“, by the editors (Wall Street Journal). A call to carefully examine the research supporting universal preschool education, as well as the education’s costs versus benefits. Given that childhood environment plays a crucial role in shaping a child’s values, dreams, and expectations, perhaps the answer to “failing” early-education programs is not to abandon them, but rather to focus the money on educational aspects that research suggests are more useful (home visits [such as occur in Japan; apparently such visits are a part of the Head Start program], nutrition, etc.), on making personal connections and encouraging fostering communities, in school and at home. In short, fostering a society that values education, a community that enhances it, and individuals that not only believe but illustrate its power to improve.
- “How Not to Fight Discrimination“, by Roger Clegg (Wall Street Journal). An argument against the disparate-impact benchmark.
- “Male Nurses Earn More“, by Ben Casselman (Wall Street Journal). And kindly enough, the WSJ provides us with an opportunity to judge the usefulness of the disparate-impact approach.
- “New Push for Early Testing, Treatment for Dementia“, by Laura Landro (Wall Street Journal).
- “More on Those Punks and Slobs“, by Cathy Horyn (NY Times). Horyn pens some brief reflections on Versace and Prada.
- “We Paid for the Research, So Let’s See It“, by the editors (NY Times). Are scholarly research articles private or public goods?
- “The Owl Comes into Its Own“, by Natalie Angier (NY Times). Interesting facts about owl altruism, communication, flight, and hearing. And kudos to Ms Angier for her shout-out to Edward Lear.