Late links, September 2

By Felix Salmon
September 3, 2009
The behavioral economics of playing hard to get

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The behavioral economics of playing hard to get

OK, so being good at Task X is a good predictor of academic success. But that doesn’t mean that we should teach Task X.

Raising tuition rates increases the demand to attend liberal arts schools

Using satellite data on lights at night to improve GDP figures

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Video of politician’s SUV running a red light and hitting a cyclist

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re: OK, so being good at Task X is a good predictor of academic success. But that doesn’t mean that we should teach Task X.

while you’re right that the test is probably an indicator of some deeper intellectual action going on inside the kids’ heads, it’s certainly worth studying whether just teaching kids to touch their toes when i say ‘head’ makes them smarter. if anything, it will prepare these kindergartners for twelve more years of public education where they’re taught to succeed on standardized tests alone.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/educat ion/26education.html?scp=8&sq=%22self-re gulation%22%20children%20sit&st=cse
I think this is the article I remembered from teh Times on self-regulation. It seemed to suggest that letting kids organize themselves and solve problems on their own – without adults – was what instilled self-regulation. That would seem to counteract the ability to ‘teach’ self-regulation.

Having good self-regulation skills makes you good at X, and also makes you good at sitting down and reading, and good at following directions. Teaching X does not equate to teaching self-regulation. Someone who is good at logic is also good at crossword puzzles, so let’s teach logic through crosswords!

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Should look before crossing the road, roads are for motor vehicles not bicycles.

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