by Chris Bertram on September 15, 2009

Goldstone’s “report”: on Cast Lead is out. Google blog and news searches show that the people who were always going to say “It’s not trooo!” (and worse) have begun to do so in large numbers. So it goes.

40 Days and a Mule

by Henry Farrell on September 15, 2009

“This”: , via _Making Light_, is pretty awesome.

Book Titles, If They Were Written Today

  • Then: The Wealth of Nations
    Now: Invisible Hands: The Mysterious Market Forces That Control Our Lives and How to Profit from Them
  • Then: Walden
    Now: Camping with Myself: Two Years in American Tuscany
  • Then: The Theory of the Leisure Class
    Now: Buying Out Loud: The Unbelievable Truth About What We Consume and What It Says About Us
  • Then: The Gospel of Matthew
    Now: 40 Days and a Mule: How One Man Quit His Job and Became the Boss
  • Then: The Prince
    Now: The Prince (Foreword by Oprah Winfrey)

Further suggestions solicited in comments.

Crossing the Finish Line — Undermatching

by Harry on September 15, 2009

David Leonhardt has an interesting column prompted by Bowen, Chingos and McPherson’s Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities. [1] Leonhardt is impressed by the discussion of the phenomenon of undermatching:

[Undermatching] refers to students who choose not to attend the best college they can get into. They instead go to a less selective one, perhaps one that’s closer to home or, given the torturous financial aid process, less expensive. About half of low-income students with a high school grade-point average of at least 3.5 and an SAT score of at least 1,200 do not attend the best college they could have. Many don’t even apply. Some apply but don’t enroll. “I was really astonished by the degree to which presumptively well-qualified students from poor families under-matched,” Mr. Bowen told me.

This would matter less if the students went to schools at which they nevertheless thrive. But some well-qualified students do not go at all. And the advice is to go to at least one of the most demanding schools for which you are well qualified. Schools lower down the pecking order have much lower 4- and 6- year graduation rates:

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