Community Learning Centers - Cincinnati

Cincinnati is leading the way with a model for schools that takes a comprehensive approach to learning that includes school-based health centers, after-school programming, tutoring, and mental health counseling.

What is impressive about the model is how they are funded. Rather than relying on tax levies, the centers partner with non-profits to provide services without additional cost to the school district. 

More impressive, it has worked for 12 years and counting.

[Toledo Blade article: "Cincinnati learning centers becoming a model for New York, other cities"]

Stop thinking so much...

Wilson, Timothy D. & Schooler, Jonathan W. (1991). Thinking too much: Introspection can reduce the quality of preferences and decisions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 60(2), 181-192. [PDF link]

Nice little experiment that shows that giving a reason for your decision or prediction leads to judgments that are less congruent with expert decisions than controls.

Moral of the story: sometimes you gotta go with your gut.



Gauging Public Opinion on Climate Change Policy : NPR

FLATOW: Yeah. And you say that by a margin of 3-1, Americans say they would be more likely to vote for a political candidate who supports a, quote, "revenue neutral tax shift." What does that mean?

LEISEROWITZ: Yeah. Really interesting. So we all remember now that there was this big fight in this country over cap and trade, you know, this market mechanism that was put forward a couple of years ago which did not pass. At the same time, there's been a whole other community of scholars that have looked and then proposing a different approach, which is basically that you increase taxes on something that we think is, in this case, is a bad, fossil fuel use, and decrease an equivalent amount in taxes on something that we all think of is good, which is income, income taxes. And so this is often called a tax swap that, basically, we don't let the elected officials, we don't give Congress a cent more, but that we increase taxes on fossil fuels and decrease taxes on people's income tax by an equivalent amount.

And what's interesting about that is who supports that? We see everyone from Al Gore, on the one hand, to very conservative former Representative Bob Inglis, on the other, liberal institutions like Brookings Institute, to the very conservative American Enterprise Institute, support this exact same idea. And what we, again, find is that, as you just said, 3-1 American support that, including Republicans, 2-1, say that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports that kind of a policy.

"Revenue neutral tax shift" doesn't quite have a ring to it... can we ge some marketers on that?

[article] How Reliable Are the Social Sciences? -

Public policy debates often involve appeals to results of work in social sciences like economics and sociology.  For example, in his State of the Union address this year, President Obama cited a recent high-profile study to support his emphasis on evaluating teachers by their students’ test scores.  The study purportedly shows that students with teachers who raise their standardized test scores are “more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, live in better neighborhoods and save more for retirement.”

The perennial question about the value of social science research for policy decisions, revisited.