Archive for ◊ April, 2008 ◊

The Value (or Lack Thereof) of a College Education
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 | Author:

I’ve written previously about my disappointment with the value of a college education.  Now I found this very well written article entitled, “America’s Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor’s Degree”.  A few excerpts:

Among high-school students who graduated in the bottom 40 percent of their classes, and whose first institutions were four-year colleges, two-thirds had not earned diplomas eight and a half years later…

Only 23 percent of the 1.3 million high-school graduates of 2007 who took the ACT examination were ready for college-level work in the core subjects of English, math, reading, and science…

Research suggests that more than 40 percent of freshmen at four-year institutions do not graduate in six years…

44.6 percent said they were not satisfied with the quality of instruction they received. Imagine if that many people were dissatisfied with a brand of car: It would quickly go off the market…

It’s often wise to choose the college that requires you to pay the least cash and take out the smallest loan. College is among the few products that don’t necessarily give you what you pay for — price does not indicate quality.

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Jimmy Carter and Realism
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 | Author:

Our favorite senile jackass: Jimmy Carter.  Some people just don’t know when it’s time to head out to pasture…


Hat tip to Todd Imwalle

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Noonan’s Views
Sunday, April 27th, 2008 | Author:

Walt Wood forwarded this article from Peggy Noonan to me…

Why do we do this when you know I am not a terrorist, and you know I know you know I am not a terrorist? …  Our politicians congratulate themselves on this as we stand in line.

America is Mr. Obama’s problem… the candidate who loves America because of the great progress it has made in terms of racial fairness

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Saturday, April 26th, 2008 | Author:

A guy goes into confession and says to the priest, “Father, I’m 80 years old, widower, with 11 grandchildren. Last night I met two beautiful flight attendants. They took me home and I made love to both of them. Twice.”

The priest says, “Well, my son, when was the last time you were in confession?”

“Never Father, I’m Jewish.”

“So then, why are you telling me?”

“I’m telling everybody!”

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The Focus of University Leadership
Friday, April 25th, 2008 | Author:

Update –  A provocative article from Thomas Sowell entitled the “Economics of College“.    Sowell makes some fascinating observations for the reason that college costs so much:

There are two basic reasons. The first is that people will pay what the colleges charge. The second is that there is little incentive for colleges to reduce the tuition they charge…

Today, a teaching load of more than 6 semester hours is considered sweatshop labor on many campuses. Incidentally, since academic class hours are 50 minutes long, 6 semester hours mean actually 5 hours a week in the classroom.

Feb 11, 2008 – If you’re a reader of my blog, you probably recall my previous postings that blast the high-cost/low-value of a college education.  You may have also read my comments about organizations that focus on topics such as “diversity”.  Well, it appears that someone has actually taken the time to quantify the misdirected focus of American universities.

There was an interesting study documented at City Journal, where they rated universities by comparing the quantity of course titles and descriptions that contained the words “multiculturalism,” “diversity,” “inclusion,” versus those that used variants of the word “math.”:

The average ed school, we found, has a multiculturalism-to-math ratio of 1.82, meaning that it offers 82 percent more courses featuring social goals than featuring math. At Harvard and Stanford, the ratio is about 2: almost twice as many courses are social as mathematical. At the University of Minnesota, the ratio is higher than 12. And at UCLA, a whopping 47 course titles and descriptions contain the word “multiculturalism” or “diversity,” while only three contain the word “math,” giving it a ratio of almost 16…

The Programme for International Student Assessment’s latest results paint a bleak picture: U.S. 15-year-olds ranked 24th out of 30 industrial countries in math literacy…

The issue isn’t whether we should be teaching cultural awareness in education colleges or in public schools; it’s about priorities. Besides, our students probably have great appreciation already for students from other cultures—who’re cleaning their clocks in math skills, and will do so economically, too, if we don’t wise up.

Little Old Lady at the Sex Shop
Thursday, April 24th, 2008 | Author:

A little old lady, well into her eighties, slowly enters the front door of a sex shop. Obviously very unstable on her feet, she wobbles the few feet across the store to the counter. Finally arriving at the counter and grabbing it for support, she asks the sales clerk: ‘Dddooo youuuu hhhave dddddiilllldosss?’

The clerk, politely trying not to burst out laughing, replies: ‘Yes we do have dildos. Actually we carry many different models.’

The old woman then asks, ‘Dddddoooo yyyouuuu ccaarrryy aaa pppinkk onnee, tttenn inchessss lllong aaandd aabboutt ttwoo nchesss ththiickk aand rrunns on bbaatteries?

The clerk responds: ‘Yes we do.’

‘Ddddooo yyoooouuuu kknnnoooww hhhowww tttooo ttturrrnnn ttthe ssunoooffabbitch offffff?’

Hat tip to Walt Wood

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Free Kittens
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 | Author:

Little Suzy had a box of very small kittens that she was trying to give away, so she had them out on the street corner with a sign ‘FREE KITTENS’ next to them.  Suddenly a big line of big black cars came up with a policeman on a motorcycle in front. The cars all stopped and a tall man stepped out from the biggest car. ‘Hi, little girl, what do you have there in the box?’ he asked.

‘Kittens’, Little Suzy says. ‘They’re so small, their eyes are not even open yet.’

‘What kind of kittens are they?’ he asked.

‘Democrats’ says Little Suzy.

The tall man smiled, returned to his car and they drove away. Sensing a good photo opportunity, Sen. Obama called his campaign manager and told him about the little girl and the kittens. It was planned that they would return the next day, have all the media there and tell everyone about these great kittens.

The next day, Little Suzy is again standing out on the corner with her box of kittens with the ‘FREE KITTENS’ sign, and the big motorcade of black cars pulled up with all the vans and trucks from ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

Everyone had their cameras ready and then, Sen. Obama got out of his limo and walked up to Little Suzy. ‘Now, don’t be frightened,’ he said, ‘I just want you to tell all these nice news people exactly what kind of kittens you’re giving away today.’

‘Yes sir, ‘Suzy said, ‘they’re REPUBLICAN kittens.’

Taken by surprise, Sen. Obama said, ‘But yesterday, you told me that they were DEMOCRATS.’

Little Suzy says, ‘Yes, I know. But today, they have their eyes open.’

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Comparison of Presidential Positions
Monday, April 21st, 2008 | Author:

All three of the leading candidates have answered ten questions on issues ranging from international affairs to domestic issues in this 2008 Presidential Questionnaire at the The Simon Wiesenthal Center:

Click this link to download the 17-page PDF document.

Hat tip to Eric Friedland

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One-Way Trip to Mars
Sunday, April 20th, 2008 | Author:

NASA was interviewing professionals they were considering to send to Mars. The touchy part was that only one guy could go and it would be a one way trip, the guy never returning to Earth.

The interviewer asked the first applicant, a lawyer, how much he wanted to be paid for going. “One million dollars,” the lawyer answered. “And I want to donate it all to my alma mater — Columbia University.”

The next applicant was a doctor, and the interviewer asked him the same question. “Two millions dollars,” the doctor said. “I want to give a million to my family and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research at the University of Texas.”

The last applicant was an engineer from the Ohio State University. When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewer’s ear, “Three million dollars.” “Why so much more than the others?” the interviewer asked. The engineer replied, “You give me three million, I’ll give you one million, I’ll keep a million, and we’ll send the lawyer.”

Hat tip to Kon Berkovich (with literary license by me)

Crimes and Race
Saturday, April 19th, 2008 | Author:

An interesting posting at Volokh Conspiracy about the distribution of crimes among major races in the United States:

In 2007, about 72,000 persons were convicted of federal crimes. Here’s the breakdown of the defendants by race in the 95% or so of those cases in which the defendant’s race was recorded:

White — 28.8%
Black — 24.4%
Hispanic — 43%
Other — 4.1%

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