"Surprised by CTU’s Venezuela visit? Then you haven’t been paying attention."

One reason why K-12 education doesn't function as well as it should:

Four representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union, including a member of its executive board, visited Venezuela in July and returned with high praise for the socialist polices of President Nicolás Maduro, whose corrupt and dictatorial regime has sparked rebuke from some 50 nations around the world.


"End Student Evaluations of Professors"

Two excellent paragraphs:

Getting good teaching evaluations is not difficult. Teaching well is a complicated enterprise involving professorial expertise (students cannot measure this), articulation (students cannot measure this), judgment (students cannot measure this), the ability to measure what students apprehend (students cannot measure this), and fairness (only a minority of students can measure this).

Students can assess how much they enjoy classes in the near term; they cannot assess how much a class will mean to them in five, 10, or more years. How often I have heard university alumni declaim on how much a professor they had in years past meant to them without their realizing it at the time.


"The Way Not to Fix Education, Housing, and Health Care"

A point that's obvious but still underappreciated:

If so — if the rising costs of education, housing, and health care are causing ordinary Americans to tread water economically despite the falling work-time costs of most other goods and services — why would anyone suppose that the “solution” to this problem is more government intervention? No three sectors of the American economy are as heavily and as consistently distorted by taxes, subsidies, and regulations as are these three sectors. 

Related: "What Student Loans and Health Care Have in Common".