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The Conscious Creation of Culture as the Goal of Education

I live in a world that is so normal to me that I forget that even most educated people don’t live in this world.  I rarely watch television:  I don’t watch sports, news, political debates or campaigns, advertising, celebrity gossip, … Continue reading

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Aligning Value Creation with Profitability Across Society

Most students of economics understand that one can more deeply align entrepreneurial value creation with environmental sustainability by ensuring that the costs of environmental degradation are internalized into the prices of products.  To take a simple example, because in most … Continue reading

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School Choice as a Response to Robert Frank’s Case for the Rational Libertarian

While I’ve not read Robert Frank’s most recent book, The Darwin Economy:  Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good, based on reviews it seems to be an elaboration of an argument that Frank has been making for thirty years:  That competition … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Economists Understand Innovation in Education?

Chicago Booth School of Business hosts The Initiative on Global Markets which explores the extent to which economists agree or disagree on major policy initiatives.  In this poll, they are asked, “Public school students would receive a higher quality education … Continue reading

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In Praise of Seagram, Fighting, and Happiness

While creating a Socratic middle school program at an inner city Anchorage public school, one of the students I was working with was Seagram.  Already by 7th grade, 13 or so years old, he was six foot two or more, … Continue reading

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Educators as Entrepreneurs of Happiness and Well-Being

That “Educators should be entrepreneurs of happiness and well-being” is so obviously true to me that it is almost a self-evident axiom.  Yet almost one almost never hears even the tiniest inkling of such a notion in either public debates … Continue reading

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How to Make Learning Almost as Much Fun as Sex – So that Teenagers LOVE Doing It!

I’ve often said that leading Socratic discussions is my second most favorite activity (apparently some people enjoy exercising more than I do). I’ve had teenagers say, after spending a year in my Socratic classes rather than a regular English class, … Continue reading

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