Category Archives: Education

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

Posted in Education, Gratuitous Advertising, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 9 Comments

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

Posted in Economics and economy, Education | 20 Comments

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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Tyler Cowen spots some hypocrisy

Since Donald Trump has picked Betsy DeVos to be education secretary, many commentators have been pulling out their anti-school choice arguments from the closet, and for the most part it isn’t a pretty sight. To insist on a single government-run … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Hypocrisy of progressives | 25 Comments

What happened to climate science? The dots…

This is the first of a series of posts to “join the dots” to account for the state of climate science and the way that the mainstream views on climate change have been taken up in political circles. The first … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 8 Comments

Thinking outside the box

There was an oped in the AFR today by a university qualified individual working in the area of his technical qualification suggesting that: Business-related university degrees are failing graduates in the workplace. The world of accounting and finance has rapidly … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Uncategorized | 54 Comments