Cleaning out my queue…several articles of interest from the NYT over the past few days:
Friedman claims that the dismal job market can be blamed in part on the poor public education system in the US. While I agree that there are several serious problems with the US public-school system, I think Friedman’s arguments are silly. (In case you’re interested, I am commenter #284.)
Fish records some depressing observations about the negative public perception (in the US, at least) of academics and academia. (Is there some relation to the state of public education at the pre-university level?) Here, too, some of Fish’s arguments are a bit silly. Read in particular his comments justifying the “bait and switch tactics” of university course offerings. But my interest here is not in his counter-arguments (some of which are indeed valid) but with the prevalence of this negative attitude in the first place.
Finally, a lighter article (with no political ramifications) about Martin Gardner. How many of us read his books when we were younger? (Actually, I’m curious whether he is as well known outside the US…)