I received an interesting email from "James in Arizona" today. James offers this comment on online education.
Greetings from Arizona, Mish,
I ran across this website while exploring various online options for my daughter (in high school, but she’s very computer savvy, so I’m looking for options to expand her interests/basis). It is EdX, an online education group started by Harvard and MIT, but other universities are joining.
With great wealth comes great responsibility. That's how we judge the tycoons of tech. While many of them spend their money on expensive luxuries, like cars, houses, planes — even islands — they are also expected to use their prosperity to do good works. That's the implicit demand of the tech industry.
Reader Bran who lives in Spain sent some interesting charts of population, expected population growth, the world's largest cites, and what people do for a living. I don't have links for the charts, but most show the origin.Seven Billion People Breakdown
This summer Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup, but all its citizens are not happy with the way the country is preparing for this massive, global event. They're sharing a gorgeous song to express their discontent. Lets not forget that last summer protesters took to the streets of Brazil for days, demonstrating against crime, corruption, inflation and inequality (to name a few things). The World Cup has sparked its own protests as well.
A NUMBER of critics of pro-labour leftists have pointed out the ways in which labour unions have impeded important reforms in recent years. Perhaps, responds Kevin Drum, but if you look at the language used by anti-labour Republicans, you see that crushing labour isn't about clearing a path to reform. It's about something more like defeating a spiritual enemy. So maybe we shouldn't cheer their fight against unions as a step toward a better run state.
Two of the hottest stories on Forbes.com in the past week or so have been about SOPA (226,810 views!) and MITx (539,810 views!!). So following the premise that anything that can get mashed up will, I decided a little searching was in order. And, in fact, there has been some very intelligent writing on how ...
A story on NPR Morning Edition yesterday about What Vietnam Taught Us About Breaking Bad Habits raised an interesting thought in relation to the MITx initiative. Instead of the normal 90% relapse rate for rehabbed heroin addicts, those returning from the Vietnam War had only a 5% relapse rate. The explanation turned out to be ...