Politics, Climate, Dishonor, Fraud, and a Bit on Education

Politics and Dishonor

Global Cooling/Global Warming/Climate Change/Globull Grifters

Japan’s ‘Cool Hand Luke’ moment for surface temperature

Some say scientists can’t agree on Earth’s temperature changes

Each year, four international science institutions compile temperature data from thousands of stations around the world and make independent judgments about whether the year was warmer or cooler than average. “The official records vary slightly because of subtle differences in the way we analyze the data,” said Reto Ruedy, climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “But they also agree extraordinarily well.”

All four records show peaks and valleys in sync with each other. All show rapid warming in the past few decades. All show the last decade has been the warmest on record.

In sync? Weellll, not quite. Japan apparently hasn’t ‘got their mind right‘ yet as the graph shows:

Surfacetemps_japan

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Education

I’m not going to talk as much today about education but, we will be coming back to it. For today a follow-up from yesterday, if you followed the links at the bottom, you’ve seen this, if not it’s probably new to you. This site was new to me, and I spent a couple of hours over there last night. It’s a quite wonderful site that Miss has built. Of course, you know what a sucker I am for anybody who believes in personal responsibility. I hope we see her over here quite a lot, and she is on my list already. Her article I referenced yesterday has to do with quality vs. cost in higher education, to call the conclusions she cites counterintuitive would be understating the case. Here’s a sample

Tuition and Quality Don’t Mix, but BA’s and Bartending Do

Right now we’re in a fallow period in the academic calendar: most students and faculty have arrived back on campus from their December-January vacation, and are busy putting on their critical thinking caps to figure out where best to decamp for Spring Break in a few weeks’ time. Cancun? Florida? Gstaad? It’s important to have that extra “me time” before the hectic dash to Commencement, that end-of term free-for-all when scheduled, spontaneous protests take place and the bleak reality that nobody will care about your race, class, or gender after graduation begins to set in.

Not planning a spring break for myself, I turned to two remarkable reports from the frontiers of higher ed research. It defies credulity to me that the release of these documents was not timed to coincide. One, from the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College, came in the form of a paper delivered at the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and dropped this bombshell:

there’s little correlation between how much colleges spend on education and how much their students will benefit. The amount institutions spend per student can range from $9,000 to $50,000, but there’s little difference between the teaching practices and experiences they provide that improve student learning.

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As near as I can tell so far, her whole site is of this quality, by all means pay her a visit, you be addicted.

Have a great Friday

 

 

 

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