Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Surf's Up!!

Welcome to my new daily feature that I am going to call Surf's Up!  These are some links that I found interesting in my Reader feed today.

College students are not learning to think critically.  "An unprecedented study that followed several thousand undergraduates through four years of college found that large numbers didn't learn the critical thinking, complex reasoning and written communication skills that are widely assumed to be at the core of a college education."  Are these really the skills that we think of as core skills of a college education?  If so, why?

President Obama will sign an executive order to cut down on wasteful business regulation.  Well, gee thanks, that is about two years too late.  Now about that other branch of government cutting down on legislation that authorizes regulation.  Any hope on that front?

As our President wants to move to a more "European" style health care, Britain, said to be the preferred model, is looking to move away from a "second rate" health care system.  "In a speech outlining the government's plans to overhaul public services, Cameron promised to get rid of 'topdown, command-and-control bureaucracy and targets.' He said that with an aging population and growing demand for new medical treatments, 'pretending that there is some easy option of sticking with the status quo and hoping that a little bit of extra money will smooth over the challenges is a complete fiction.'"  Hmmmm.

USA Today:  States are looking at long term budget problems.  The opposing view:  It's Wall Street's fault.  Seriously guys, there's lots of blame to share.

From the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" department, a $1 billion dollar yacht.

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