Friday Links

  • Teach for America criticism worth reading, but as you do, keep two things in mind. 1) It’s almost as much of an indictment of the school district the author worked in; and 2) Research indicates that, for math at least, TFA teachers perform better than their (often more experienced) non-TFA peers – something the author mentions but casually tosses aside (Usual caveats about judging performance based on test scores alone apply!)
  • For a man held by much of the Tea Party in such high esteem, Ted Cruz sounds like a pretty elitist asshole: “As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale.”
  • Driverless cars are going to happen, and they’re going to be wonderful for all of the reasons outlined in this article, but I’m skeptical of Sergey Brin’s claim that in five years or less, “ordinary people” will have access to its car – there are just too many legal barriers and a giant first-mover problem of lidar construction. Hope I’m wrong!
  • For the first third of this profile, President Clinton’s former assistant Doug Band seems like a pretty good guy. Not for the other two thirds (the craziest non sequitiur quote is about Clinton, though: ““He doesn’t even have a credit card. When he wants to get something he says, ‘Wow, I love that,’ and whoever he’s with says, ‘Here it is!’ ”)

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