Category Archives: Education

Reaping where they have not sown

This piece caught my eye in the AFR: Bruce [Chapman] and I [John Dawkins] have often shaiacked about the true father of HECS – was it Bruce who developed the scheme or me who had it supported by a divided Labor Party … Continue reading

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You Reap What You Sow

I came across this from Andrew Bolt’s blog, citing Janet Albrechtson’s highly interesting article in The Australian yesterday: It’s compelling viewing and shows very clearly what happens when you let the tail wag the dog. It also reminds me of … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and the administrative state

During the just concluded meeting of the North American society of historians of economic thought I made a major effort to find at least one other attendee among the other 200 who would be willing to make a single positive … Continue reading

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“I agree with everything you say”

Which is a direct quote from Deirdre McCloskey at the end of my presentation this morning. So let me return the compliment. In her presentation to the plenary which came immediately after my parallel session, I agreed with everything she … Continue reading

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Disruptive kids in the classroom

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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

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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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