Linky Friday #46
[E1] Some history and present of South Korea’s education history. There’s a lot familiar in there.
[E2] There is apparently a movement to couple social justice and math. Which, to me, sounds like a great way to give some people another reason to tune out of math by associating it with something that can be disagreed with.
[E3] Charter schools not only show improvements in test scores, but have better outcomes that cannot so easily be gamed.
[E4] Mr. Feeny!
[P1] Alex Payne takes a tough look at operating systems and their makers, both of the computer and phone variety.
[P2] UPS’s security questions are creepy.
[P3] China’s smog crisis is reaching titanic proportions.
[H1] Joel Kotkin argues that the burbs are back!
[H1] A charity is working on putting homeless people in shipping containers. To live, not to be shipped.
[H1] San Fransisco is overflowing. Given the geographic constraints, this may be the only way.
[H1] As bad as our housing issues are, at least we’re not Britain.
[J1] From Christopher Carr: I’m not sure I agree that people with a criminal record not having the same job success as people who have never been convicted of a crime is a bad thing. Obviously people can change, but if you’ve dug that kind of hole for yourself, it is not unreasonable that society expects you to climb out.
[J2] Go Central, young man! To Omaha! Okay, it’s not for everyone, but there are some serious opportunities in the middle even away from the oil fields and outside of Texas.
[J3] Adam Ozimek and Megan McArdle make some good points about those complaining about the “corporate welfare” of food-stamps to low-wage employees. These are benefits we want some folks to have, which doesn’t necessitate an obligation on their part (low-wage employers) to obviate their necessity.
[J4] I can’t say that I draw much in the way of conclusions from it, but this look at slave management and modern management technique is quite interesting.
[J5] PolicyMic has an interesting map on where the disconnected youth are.
[A1] Aaron David passes along The American Nations. The El Norte bit is particularly interesting. Yankeedom is weird (Fargo?!). As luck will have it, the next Trumanverse map (3.11… I’m making the finishing touches, I think) will include a New Netherland.
[A2] Hell on Earth! Or, well, Hell in America.
[A3] Anthony Esolen argues that we learned the wrong lessons from Prohibition.
[A4] I love how we can’t raise gas taxes because the people will never stand for it, so we must instead find new ways to tax people for driving.
[A5] Texas A&M and Baylor have found evidence suggesting that America was populated in a way differently than previously supposed. The article is more interesting than my description. (via Mr. Blue)
[D1] A cool look at Salt Lake City’s unconventionally force-avoidant police chief.
[D2] Salt Lake City is a hub of economic mobility.
[D3] Mormons are reaching out to the Amerindian tribes, through gardening.
[D4] Utah may be taking advantage of labor relation discord and getting a new Boeing plant.