The Case Against Education: Economist Bryan Caplan Says Government Spending of $1 Trillion a Year on Schooling Is a Waste
"It's absolutely true that school makes people show up, sit down, shut up and that these are useful skills for people to have in adulthood, " says Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, who blogs at EconLog, and is the author of the new book The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. "So the real question is if all we're trying to do is prepare people for a job, why not prepare them with a job?"
Caplan argues that schools are...
West Rocks agreed that their neighborhood needs speed bumps. Bus service that actually gets people where they need to go. A shuttle bus to Hamden.
As for more cops and a substation? Opinions were divided.
A new BMJ study of patients who received opioid analgesics after surgery, touted as evidence of how risky such prescriptions are, actually shows how rarely people become addicted in the course of treatment for acute pain. Tracking 568,612 opioid-naive patients who took prescription pain medication following surgery, Boston surgeon Gabriel Brat and his colleagues found that 5,906, or 1 percent, showed signs of "opioid misuse" during the course of the study, which included data from 2008 through...
Trump's unfavorability rating is well-established and well-earned.
Live music for all ages is returning to Space and Outer Space, after a brief intermission.
Mark Nussbaum and Keith Mahler — the intergenerational team that promotes live music at most of New Haven’s top venues like College Street Music Hall — plan to announce Monday that they’re reopening the recently shuttered Outer Space and rechristening it the Space Ballroom, complete with beer, wine, and top acts.
And in the same former industrial complex, two New Haven high-school teachers named Karen...
Mat Crowley, vocalist and mandolinist for Goodnight Blue Moon, looked over the packed house at Cafe Nine from the stage. It was 11:50 on Friday night.
“Hey, did the government shut down yet?” he asked.
“No!” someone from the crowd yelled.
“We don’t need them anyway,” Crowley joked.
“This song is about a deadly state of confusion,” lead singer Sal Bova informed the audience before his band Xenosis launched into its third song, “Delirium,” from the band’s newest release, Devour and Birth. The New Haven-based band played the album in its entirety at Pacific Standard Tavern on Friday night.
“Delirious” was an appropriate way to describe Friday night, which saw three metal bands take the crowd with them into a heady state of wild being.
Last week, the World Economic Forum released its boilerplate list of what it believes are the top risks for 2018. As we reported, the most prominent theme this year was the shift in perceived risk factors: conflict and war, natural disasters, extreme weather and cyberattacks have supplanted social polarization and the rise of populism as the biggest global risk for 2018.
Furthermore, the survey of nearly 1,000 experts from government, business, academia and non-governmental organizations...
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Foreword to the book by Saifedean Ammous
Let us follow the logic of things from the beginning. Or, rather, from the end: modern times. We are, as I am writing these lines, witnessing a complete riot against some class of experts, in domains that are too difficult for us to understand, such as macroeconomic reality, and in which not only the expert is not an expert, but he doesn’t know it....
Germany’s main centre-left party has voted for more talks about going back into government with Angela Merkel. But the SPD’s acute divisions remain
Germany has now been without a government for more than three months, and it could be at least the end of February before Angela Merkel can start her fourth term as chancellor – if she ever can. It is surely significant that two successive elections have each been followed by record-breaking difficulties in forming a government. It is a reminder that...
Longtime former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, who fell from grace after he was duped by fake documents allegedly pertaining to former president George W. Bush’s…