Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Quincy - Opportunities Unlimited?
Maybe they'll stop painting out the 'Un' in the Opportunities Unlimited sign in Quincy... Yahoo is coming to Wenatchee too. I think this is so interesting. They are like the new Alcoa (Alcoa came to Wenatchee a long time ago). It's got to be primarily for the power rates. There's plenty of cheap land elsewhere and a single fixed cost like that is a drop in the bucket for those companies anyway. Racks and racks of servers use a bunch of power.

Sorry about the lack of blogging lately. I've been too slammed to look for interesting things to blog about. Jack is doing great and sleeping through the night (till 5 or 6 anyway) which is great. He's fun to make laugh. Work is really really busy which is good, but tiring. And we're looking for a house which is very depressing. That's the 30 second summary. I'll try to do better in the future.

I'd like to blog about the economics of immigration. It is an interesting subject, but I don't have the time today.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Drive Around Seattle from the Comfort of Home
Check this out...

And this is pretty cool too for you Simpson fans.

And so is this.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Private Schooling in India
Private schooling in India is taking off. After listening to ads on the radio by the WEA about how Washington schools are underfunded I think this article is particularly appropriate. How about cutting down on some of the educational bureaucracy and actually getting more of the money we spend into the classroom? There's a novel thought.

Here's the key paragraph from the Newsweek article:

"These private schools are delivering results. Although teacher salaries tend to
be two-thirds lower on average, Prof. James Tooley of the University of
Newcastle found that even unrecognized schools in Hyderabad's slums delivered
mean scores in mathematics that were 22 percentage points higher than public
schools. A national study led by the education NGO Pratham confirmed that even
in villages 16 percent of the kids are now enrolled in private primary schools,
and their reading and math scores were 10 points higher."
I'm not sure how much of this difference is due to the fact that parents that invest more in their children's education tend to send their kids to private school. It would be interesting to do a more extensive regression analysis on this to see how much of the bump is actually due to the private school. However, I think introducing competition in education is a good idea. It obviously doesn't make sense in every district (I think most parents in the Bellevue school district are probably pretty happy with the education provide), but you can't tell me parents who send their kids to Rainier Beach High or Cleveland High wouldn't like another option.

Jack loves his new dinosaur towel-cape


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