Category Archives: Education effects

Interesting rhetoric from Rising Academies (part of the private school movement in developing countries), on the WDR2018 report

From Paul Skidmore of Rising Academies: The report strikes a surprisingly cautious note on the potential contribution of private schools. Surprising in part because I had been reliably informed that the World Bank was secretly a vast conspiracy to push … Continue reading

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Should you read the 2018 World Development Report? Not if you care about libraries and reading books (fiction and picture books)

Public and school libraries and reading books (fiction and picture books) get not a single mention in the 200 page WDR report that proclaims it is “the first ever devoted entirely to education.” The report is full of analysis of … Continue reading

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New photos books for Burkina Faso libraries published in fastpencil

I am so proud of our team in Burkina Faso, especially Sanou Dounko, Guy Roland Hema and Alidou Boué, who have been creating photo books for printing and distribution to the Burkina Faso libraries.  Interns Beth Borowsky and Maria Haddad … Continue reading

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Are you joking here New York Times? So what if it is James Heckman… the sample size is 37!

When the boys reached age 30, they earned an average of $19,800 more a year than those in the control group and had half a year more education. (The small sample size — 37 boys in the programs who stayed … Continue reading

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Gelman and Loken nail it (for me)…. p-hacking and fishing need to be taken more seriously in Economics

I loved reading this article. The garden of forking paths: Why multiple comparisons can be a problem, even when there is no “fishing expedition” or “p-hacking” and the research hypothesis was posited ahead of time Andrew Gelman and Eric Loken … Continue reading

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Reading fiction and changes in preferences or attitudes

Over email I was having an exchange with someone… thought I would put down some of my thoughts here. I don’t really think it is very much established that reading fiction affects beliefs, at least in the social science sense … Continue reading

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Nice paper on effects of massive education philanthropy on education outcomes…

My only snarky comment: Good thing Jeanes and Rosenwald didn’t decide that the better  intervention was to use “technology” to improve education…. I can hear them… “the manual typewriter is the key to participation in today’s knowledge economy. We’ll provide … Continue reading

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Possibly the right effect of flipped classroom

As I see my kids transition to middle school and high school, and then deal with young people at my fairly elite liberal arts university, it is clear that absenteeism and “not doing homework” is a huge factor at the … Continue reading

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The future of Burkina Faso

A picture by Sanou Dounko of three youth enrolled in our “Les Jeunes du Tuy Lisent” program, where 270 youth are receiving a novel/BD every week.  The kids are still (after three months) very enthusiastic and appreciative.  The problems are … Continue reading

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100 pages of projects for South Sudan and no libraries, no books… sigh.

South Sudan, poorest place on earth, but with a LOT of aid and oil money… large swathes of public services are run by the United Nations.  Lee Crawford points to the newly issued Humanitarian Appeal for South Sudan and I … Continue reading

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Education and health and fertility in the United States

A quick glance at a paper by McCrary and Royer.  They find: 1. School entry policies have large effects on schooling at motherhood: one-fourth of young Texas mothers born after the school entry date have a year less education than … Continue reading

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