I’ve been accumulating these links, and then I kinda forgot about them, so here goes!
The LA Times just did a big investigation on teacher performance. I fully support using data like this (they use a “value-added” approach, where they compare students performance at the beginning and end of the year) as part of teach evaluations. Surely people can study what the good teachers are doing right and use that to help all teachers.
Comparing the tax plans – the graphic is a little confusing. What surprised me is that Obama’s plan (which is to keep the Bush tax cuts for incomes < $250K and index the AMT to inflation) costs $3 trillion over 10 years, while just keeping all of the Bush tax cuts only costs $.7 trillion more.
In last week’s Futurama episode, one of the writers (who has a PhD in math) proved a theorem that was instrumental to the plot – they even showed the proof briefly!
Did you know: the Blue Power Ranger quit the show because he was harassed for being gay by the producers, etc. In other news, Ken Mehlman (who ran Bush’s campaign in 2004 and was head of the RNC) came out and is now supporting the legal challenge to California’s Prop 8.
The evolutionary case against monogamy – I’m in the middle of reviewing their book. It is very interesting.