[E2] In the US, there is this thing called “academic red-shirting” where we try to hold our kids back from entering school so that they’ll be among the oldest (and best-performing) in their class. In China, they have their kids early so that they go to school earlier.
[E3] What is to become of higher education? David Bromwich looks at right-wing complaints, left-wing complaints, rising costs, and technology.
[E4] Living away from home is a part of “the college experience” but it, too, is becoming less affordable. In a way that’s hard to blame on student loans or state subsidy.
[E5] I’ve seen a few people cite some California figures suggesting that the entire rise in student tuitions in California has been due to decreasing state support. It turns out that the numbers are flawed, and Andrew Gillen knocks them down.
[L1] We need to import more IT workers because firms in the US just can’t find good people. Unless you make any sort of small mistake, in which case your resume will be discarded because it’s a fiercely competitive market.
[L2] Corporate responsibility? An company that specializes in automation is looking to help those it is displacing.
[L3] Eric Siu makes the case that employee happiness matters.
[L4] Adam Ozimek questions the conventional wisdom about part-time jobs. Namely, that the increase in part-time work has coincided with more inflexible schedules on the part of the employer.
[L5] Robbie Waeschenfelder argues that employers should look for people with no experience.
[P1] From James Hanley: How the Elevator Transformed America.
[P2] Ecigarette use may lead to infection.
[P3] A third of all divorces in 2011 contain the word “Facebook.”
[P4] Google had the wacky idea of using solar-powered balloons to supply Internet service. It worked!
[P5] Proof that the surveillance state sees us as a bunch of monsters.
[P6] George Doe gave his parents the gift of divorce, by way of genetic testing. Meanwhile, a similar story with a happier ending, as a woman from Virginia found her uncle, cousins, and the identity of her father using DNA.
[M1] Onion for sale! Onion for sale! The Onion, that is. Maybe.
[M2] The source of Grubergate is apparently one of those people who lost their insurance plan on account of PPACA.
[M3] Nate Silver says we shouldn’t be worried about polls that are outliers, we should worry when there aren’t outliers.
[M4] Virginia Postrel wants to know who killed Wikipedia? Oddly, Wikipedia has not been updated to reflect the fact that it has died, which proves Postrel correct. (Actually, it’s an interesting story about open and insular cultures.)
America:[A1] From James Hanley: Reported to be a French soldier’s view of American soldiers.
[A2] The vigor and frailty of the California economy.
[A3] Slate has a collection of population-balanced maps of the United States. It’s interesting, though senate or no, and even though having less imbalance than we do now might be advantageous, having truly balanced state populations don’t really make a whole lot of sense and even if we were re-drawing the map (which I do for fun and fame!) it shouldn’t be the primary criterion.
[A4] With corporate mergers all the rage, should countries do the same? Greg Rosalsky looks at a USA-Mexico merger, and (kind of wistfully) finds it unlikely. The thing about corporate mergers is that they tend to benefit both parties. It’s hard to see a US-Mexico merger as doing that.
[A5] There are simultaneous happiness and suicide epidemics in Utah, and Perry Renshaw thinks he has figured out why.
[A6] Randal Olson looks at unique American baby names, and wonders what caused the upsurge in the 1970’s.