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Underdogs in Education (Part 2): Why College Tuition is So High


Image Credit: New America Foundation

In Part 1, we discussed the battle between For-Profit schools and traditional colleges for education dollars and strategies underdogs can
employ to unseat incumbents.

Do employers have a dog in this fight? 

Since many, if not most, people rank “getting a job” higher than
”learning” on the list of reasons why they choose to attend college, this 
is an important consideration.

Many employers support the standard “Four Years on a College
 Campus” model for several reasons:

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Sep 9

Underdogs in Education (Part 1): For-Profit Schools as a Case Study in Game Theory


This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Post on Education in America.

David and Goliath, one of the most well-known stories in the bible, provides a good framework for evaluating competition between asymmetrical combatants.

When you’re an underdog, you don’t win by playing by the book. You have to take risks and embrace schemes that may increase the odds of devastating loss for a chance at victory. You have to exploit edges wherever you find them, take your opponents into deep waters and drown ‘em

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Mating Calls of The Irrational Sports Fan: NCAA Edition


Note: When I mention “college sports” in this article, I am talking about sports at major Division I programs. The Alabamas and Notre Dames of the world, not the Claremont Mckennas. The difference between the athletic-academic-financial atmosphere at major D1 schools and everywhere else is a chasm. To paraphrase Shannon Sharpe, it’s like comparing “Titanic” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”—-not in the same league (pun intended).

I will not waste time belaboring this distinction in the article, so don’t bother arguing how things at [insert your favorite college] are different—-I am well aware of this.

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Animal Cruelty: The Price of Cheap Meat


WarningThe following link is graphic (but still SFW). If you’re squeamish, you may not want to read it or watch the videos inside.

Discretion is advised.

Paul Solotaroff of Rolling Stone wrote a shocking piece on animal cruelty and big business:

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Guest Spotlight: Louis Ferrante


Flights from New York to Nigeria can be as long as 18 hours.

I grabbed a few books to read in the airports and on the planes.

Among those was Unlocked, the autobiography of former mobster Louis Ferrante. I bought Ferrante’s other book, Mob Rules: What The Mafia Can Teach The Legitimate Businessman, a couple years earlier; it was fantastic.

Unlocked did not disappoint, providing the backstory behind many of the anecdotes presented in Mob Rules.

I’ve invited Mr. Ferrante to the blog to share more of his story.

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