Last week I argued that part of treating teachers like professionals means breaking the rigid union-mandated tenure-track: The old liberal slogan always demanded that we "treat teachers like professionals." That entails some measure of accountability -- we can debate the metrics -- which allows both that very bad teachers be fired and that very good ones can obtain greater pay and recognition.
Do Candidates Matter At All? Yes.
April 11, 2011
Andrew Gelman is clearly not amused by my New York Times magazine column wondering why Republican elites are trying to draft such poor candidates into the presidential field. Gelman's item has a lot of problems, beginning with the fact that it's aimed at an argument I didn't make anywhere in my column.
Bayh Low, Sell High
February 02, 2011
Andrew Gelman rises, somewhat, to the defense of Evan Bayh: [T]hink of this from Bayh's point of view. After being one of 100 U.S. senators (and near the median, at that), it's natural to want to stay near the action and have some effect on policy. Lobbying is a natural way to do this. From this perspective, it's a direct extension of what he's been doing before. And if it pays well, so be it. As a Senator, Bayh's role was to influence policy on behalf of the citizens of Indiana and Americans as a whole, and if those policies conflicted with certain narrow interests, so be it.
August 11, 2010
-- Damon Linker wonders about Christopher Hitchens and the veracity of deathbed confessions. -- CBPP's Chuck Marr flags an "ominous warning" on the Bush tax cuts from the Senate last week. -- James Fallows, John Sides, Andrew Gelman, and Matt Yglesias discuss term limits for the Supreme Court. -- Ezra Klein finds a $500 million coin.
Democrats and Republicans By State
June 04, 2010
Andrew Gelman has a chart plotting the ideology of voters by party in every state along social and economic issues: The blue clusters in the bottom left are Democratic states, and the red clusters in the upper right Republican states. Among democrats, those in West Virginia are the most socially conservative, those in Vermont the least socially conservative. So what does this chart tell us? I think it tells us that the Democratic Party's voters are far more divided by social issues than by economics. Look at the plot of figures, centered very closely along a vertical axis.
December 16, 2009
Bernanke first Fed chair to be named Time's Person of the Year. Luigi Zingales wants targeted Tobin tax on short-term debt. Andrew Gelman rips into Steve Levitt's statistical thinking. Citigroup given huge tax break in deal to exit TARP. Does economics need peer-reviewed journals? Nearsightedness is 66 percent higher now than in the early 70's.