A Little Ross Perot Story On His Death

Really not sure how accurate this is. It’s a story that has been rolling around the computing industry for decades so I pass it on with that caveat. I think I have indeed seen that the computer system in the tale was revised down to something a little more suitable but that’s just me recalling someone, not actual proof.

Perot became IBM’s top computer salesman, once, he claimed, fulfilling his annual sales quota in less than three weeks.

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But How Many Foreigners Are Doing Creative Arts And Grievance Studies?

Around and about half of student loans are never repaid, meaning that the taxpayer – you and me – picks up the bill. This isn’t a sensible manner of funding the universities but it is the one we’ve got. A justification is offered for this.

First though, some degrees have very much lower repayment rates than others:

Degrees in “creative arts” subjects – which includes Music, Drama, Fine Art and Design Studies – are the most costly to the taxpayer since so few alumni earn enough money to pay back their student loan in full.

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UCAS And Student Offers – Just How Efficient Do Ministers Think British Bureaucracy Is?

It would appear that education ministers are in the Dreamtime concerning the efficiency of British bureaucracy. For they’re trying to insist that all university place offers should be made only after A Level results are actually known. Rather than the current system whereby some studying for A Levels are granted unconditional places, others conditional upon their results and then the others left scrambling to fit into whatever empty places are left over.

The problem with this being that there is just no way that any British built system of bureaucratic selection is going to be able to cope with the flood of work a proposed move to post-results only selection is going to cause.…

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Augar Review – No, Don’t Slash Fees, Raise Them, Increase The Interest Rate

Philip Augar is running a review into university fees, student loans and all that sort of thing. It’s the usual Great and the Good type report, chair this review, deliver the right political answer, get admitted to that nice club in SW1. The right political answer rarely being the right economic one of course.

What should be happening is that fees rise, student loans be charged higher interest rates and, the point of all of this, fewer people go to university.…

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What Ails Cambridge University – A Lack Of Afro Caribbean Hairdressers

Among the things which leads to fewer – too few according to some measures – blacks applying to study at Cambridge University is a shocking lack of Afro Caribbean hairdressers in that Fenlands town. This does seem like an easy enough problem to solve if we’re honest about it. Colleges own vast chunks of the town after all, assigning a little bit of space and an ad or two in Brixton shops windows for an entrepreneur to staff the place would seem to suffice:

Black students are failing to apply to Cambridge ‘due to lack of Afro-Caribbean hairdressers’

Altho’ there is a distinct confusion here, no?…

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Teacher Pensions Aren’t A Stealth Tax Upon Universities

The basic point about pensions is that they are deferred wages. We go to work, we gain compensation for having to spend our time at work. Some of that compensation comes in having an interesting – or not – job, some comes in wages, some comes in our pension. The combination of it all – including that nice comfy chair – is the cost to our employer of getting us to turn up.

Insisting that an employer funds our pension is not a stealth tax.…

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CUCA’s Response To Cambridge U’s Revocation Of Jordan Peterson’s Fellowship Offer

I think we could have guessed that the Cambridge University Conservative Association weren’t going to be happy over this. The manner in which Cambridge University rescinded it’s offer of a Fellowship – a Visting one to be sure – to Jordan Peterson. They’re more than unhappy, they’re truly, in the American sense, pissed.

As, of course, they should be.

The malicious influence of the radical student-left on British campus life is once again exemplified by the University’s decision to undo its offer for Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson to occupy a visiting fellowship at the Faculty of Divinity.…

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Good News, Only Half Of Female Students Fugly

Now that we’ve got the obvious joke out of the way – yes, here all week, I suggest you try the veal – it’s possible to take seriously this finding that half of female students have been subjected to unwanted sexual touching. There being a serious and important point to take from this which is that no, we don’t degrade civil liberties for anyone, not even in the sex wars.

There is the obvious point that we’re going through a change in what is defined as sexual touching of course.…

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Angela Rayner Needs Schooling – Education Is Not A Public Good

It is entirely possible to say that education is good for the public, that it’s a good – perhaps service but still – desired by the public but it’s not true to say that education is a public good. That’s because “public good” is a technical term and we thus need to use it in that technical sense.

Yes, this is important, more than mere pendantry. For there are very good reasons indeed to say that government has a role in the production of public goods.…

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India’s Unemployment Crisis – The Post-Graduate Delivering Food

We’ve a cry that really, something must be done about employment in India. The government must get on with creating jobs for there’s this disturbing incident of a graduate delivering food as a side gig – or even his main gig. That not being quite the lesson that should be taken from this, rather, it’s the education system we need to sort out, producing people with the skills that people wish to employ.

There is absolutely no point in creating industries or firms which then employ people with the skills that the education system is churning out.…

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