Friday, November 2, 2007

New Stossel video: "Stupid in America"

[40 minutes long] John Stossel takes a look at America's public schools. Regardless of whether you agree with his libertarian sensibilities, these make good teaching tools. I show Stossel's "Microeconomics" and "Macroeconomics" videos to break up my classes. Good at generating discussion.

The management problem is how to measure school performance when so much depends on the student's background. Vouchers put parents in the role of evaluator, who vote with their feet if they think the school is not serving their children well. Vouchers would likely give rise to school "brands" or certification services to help parents evaluate school performance.

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