Archive for May 2012

Blog Haiku #34

Sound piercing silence. Echoes clarify the cry. Defining the edge. Related PostsBlog Haiku #35 Blog Haiku #33 Blog Haiku #32 Blog Haiku #31 Blog Haiku #30

Textbook Disruption

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the educational and trade publisher in Boston, has entered the process for filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In an e-mail to employees, Linda K. Zecher, the president and chief executive of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, promised that day-to-day business would continue as usual, calling the reorganization “positive news.” A shift from “desperate” to “grim” […]

Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences

Contaminated reusable grocery bag causes gastric illness outbreak A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls’ soccer team in October, Oregon researchers reported Wednesday. The outbreak also affected many family members after the team returned home. The […]

A Modest Proposal: 2.0

Earlier I proposed the idea of repossessing credentials for students who default on student loans. This past week, an improvement to this proposal has come to light. The idea is described by  Michael Simkovi in an excellent Social Science Research Network paper titled “Risk Based Student Loans.” Without risk-based pricing of student loans, there may […]