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10/31/22: Two Topics

On Monday, October 31, we’re going to tackle two topics (assuming there’s time and continued interest):

Did Jack Welch “break” capitalism (or General Electric)?

Once revered by some as a “guru” amongst corporate CEOs, Welch’s legacy leaves something to be desired. Since his retirement, General Electric has fallen on relatively hard times. Are these problems the result of his management style? Were they caused by GE’s inability to find any replacement as effective as he was? Or just bad luck for GE?

Here are two articles from someone who seems to blame Welch:

What should we make of the decline in “the nation’s report card?”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress was released last Monday, and showed declines in student proficiency in both disciplines tested (math and reading) and student ages (fourth and eighth grades). But a close look at the results suggests that some of the partisan (both sides) explanations aren’t really supported by the data. So what’s going on?

There have been a lot of articles over the past week on this subject. Here are two (and article and an Editorial Board opinion) from the Washington Post to get us started:

See (some of) you tomorrow.

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  • If you’re interested, here a link to a NY Times article describing the NAEP results.

    It provides an interactive element that lets you see the results on a state-by-state basis, sortable by several metrics. (In case you’re interested in how Maine students did or want to test some hypotheses as to which states are “better” at educating–with lots of caveats we’ll discuss today.)


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