Tue, 28 Jan 2003 10:10:16 -0800
If these are the questions:
> Were your parents married when they had you?
> Were they over 20?
> Are they still married?
> Did they complete High School?
> Do you see your father read at home? 
> Do they tell you that you live in a world where your own efforts make a
of which only the last has anything to
do with one's own efforts, then I guess
we'd be in a world where one's parents'
efforts make most of the difference. 
If we have been fortunate in our choice
of parents, we might support Bracknell:
to mischoose one parent may be regarded
as a misfortune, but to mischoose both
looks like carelessness.
> Educational performance doesn't
> track money spent on education or class size within very wide bands. It
> does track things like -- did the child have two parents who were
I'd be interested in the class size
argument. I used to wonder why money 
seemed to correlate well with school
success, when I couldn't think of any
reason why there wouldn't be severely
diminishing returns to spending; then
I ran across a study which indicated
that small class sizes were the key,
and certainly more money hires more
teachers. (The claim was the benefits
dropped off considerably past a dozen 
or so students, so if one grows up in
a situation like I did, post-prop 13
California, thinking that a 30 person
class is a small one, then it wouldn't
be a surprise to see no effect within
wide bands, say 20-40 students)
:: :: ::
 do I get to blame my vice of reading
during meals on Charles Ryder's father?
 if these were the questions, would
there be any point to public education
beyond state-provided daycare?
 here, the money of the people living
in the school district, not necessarily
the budget of the school itself.
 based on face time. Two tutees get
a lot. A dozen students get very little.
More than a dozen reaches the long, low,
flat part of the curve.
:: :: ::
> The problem
> has always been one of retention. How do you retain
> the best and brightest with as little as possible.
Anyone have an etymology for "best and brightest"? *
When I run into the phrase these days, people seem
to mean "and" to be an intersection, but it could
also be interpreted as a union. By following the
strategy of composing a portfolio as a mix of safe
and risky assets, admissions committees might seek
the efficient frontier with:
"we admit only the best [able to increase the
endowment] and [then take a few long shots on]
(think "commoners and scholars", or, closer to
home, the Pro-Am tournament format)
* aristou, phronimotatou, dikaiotatou?