Category Archives: Education

For nerds. William W Bartley on the universities

From a review of W.W. Bartley. Unfathomed Knowledge, Unmeasured Wealth: On Universities and the Wealth of Nations. Open Court. 1990. Bartley was one of the most original and productive of the students inspired by Karl Popper. He died in 1990 … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post. Means testing education support

When I proposed that child care subsidies be reduced where household income exceeds $250,000, and eliminated where it exceeds $350,000, the major parties wet their pants. I had the Government over a barrel so it said nothing, but Labor and … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on education

The Turnbull government have been out and about doing education policy this week. Two things – they will be throwing more money at primary and secondary education and throwing less money at universities. In general that’s probably not a bad … Continue reading

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What do you want from the university system?

Adam Creighton has an op-ed in the Australian this morning with a whole bunch of good and bad arguments. Let’s start with the bad: Australia’s universities soak up billions of dollars in public funds — $9.5 billion a year from … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Education | 64 Comments

Activists encourage ignorance

One of the more useful skills students could ever learn is an understanding of statistics. Nanny staters, however, are working to prevent this under the guise of “concern” about gambling: STUDENTS as young as 15 are being taught gambling in maths … Continue reading

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… and in other news.

My former PhD student Chris Berg is joining RMIT University as a post-doctoral fellow where he will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as he is slowly digested over a thousand years be working on turning his excellent … Continue reading

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Useful family advice for students

From Behavioural Economics Saved My Dog by Dan Ariely Dear Dan, As a university professor who has been teaching for a long time, what advice would you give to students who are starting their academic year? —PETER Simple: cut all … Continue reading

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An education bubble?

From the WSJ: Today’s colleges give students no idea of the structure of knowledge: the topics they should learn, the books and skills they should master. Educators refuse them the guidance and stiff requirements they need and often want. Colleges … Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

Teachers in Victoria and NSW are planning to wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Close the camps – bring them here” in classrooms on Monday, according to the Teachers for Refugees Facebook page. ++++++ The release of the latest ­Program … Continue reading

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A bit of price gouging

The Grattan Institute is proposing charging students a fee to cover the government’s cost of borrowing on the student loan scheme. At face value that seems sensible. But … All university and college students should be required to pay a … Continue reading

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