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  • K-12 Tax & Spending Climate: Economic growth and tax base
    Ben Sixsmith: Britain has had minimal economic growth for years. Poland has long been enjoying some of the highest economic growth in Europe. It even emerged from the pandemic better off than other European nations with, as Paweł Bukowski and Wojtek Paczos wrote for the LSE, “a relatively lax approach to economic lockdown and... Read more »
  • “The Science” 1977 H1N1 edition
    It took 27 and 13 years, respectively, for the lab origins of the 1977 H1N1 pandemic & 1979 anthrax outbreak to be publicly acknowledged. One hopes that in today’s highly interconnected world it will not take that long for #OriginOfCovid to come to light. — Alina Chan... Read more »
  • Britain’s Undergraduates are Worryingly Innumerate
    The Economist: Shaking things up could involve more than academics. Pupils who do the International Baccalaureate (ib) must not only pass exams but also complete some kind of community service. For many of the ib’s boosters, this is a big part of its appeal. Some argue that a “British Baccalaureate”... Read more »
  • Tax Filing Websites Have Been Sending Users’ Financial Information to Facebook
    Simon Fondrie-Teitler, Angie Waller, and Colin Lecher Major tax filing services such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Facebook when Americans file their taxes online, The Markup has learned.  The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only... Read more »
  • Taxpayer supported Madison School District’s open records non responses
    Scott Girard: In May, Wisconsin Transparency Project president and founder Tom Kamenick wrote in an email to the Cap Times that he has “received more complaints about MMSD than any other government agency.” “I’m frequently seeing lengthy delays, exorbitant fees, and downright illegal denials from the district,” Kamenick wrote. “The... Read more »
  • Yet because school has been the dominant metaphor for learning, children who are not yet in school have often been considered little more than empty vessels waiting to be filled.
    Alex Blasdel: During the past two centuries, educators, psychologists, toy companies and parents like us have acted, implicitly or otherwise, as if the purpose of play is to optimise children for adulthood. The dominant model for how to do that has been the schoolhouse, with its reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic.... Read more »
  • China just announced a new social credit law. Here’s what it means.
    Zeyi Yang: It’s easier to talk about what China’s social credit system isn’t than what it is. Ever since 2014, when China announced a six-year plan to build a system to reward actions that build trust in society and penalize the opposite, it has been one of the most misunderstood things about China in Western... Read more »