Education for what ? Quoting William Easterly

William Easterly

Creating people with high skill in countries where the only profitable activity is lobbying the government for favors is not a formula for success. Creating skills where there exists no technology to use them is not going to foster economic growth.

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Daniel Little – L’éducation efficace contre les inégalités ?

Daniel Little, Education as a leveler:

The role of education in social inequalities is difficult to assess, because it seems to have contradictory tendencies. On the one hand, improving access to education at all levels — from elementary school to graduate school — levels the playing field because it enhances the ability of everyone affected to realize their human talents and to pursue their goals with a greater foundation of cognitive and mental skills.  Closing the literacy gap, the numeracy gap, or the technology gap across all of society gives the previously disadvantaged population a better chance to compete for success in seeking employment or creating other economic and social benefits for themselves and their families.  Traditional sources of social inequality — positions of privilege in social hierarchies, privileged access to political benefits, disproportionate ownership of land and other forms of productive property — are to some extent blunted by a greater degree of equality of access to good schooling and the knowledge and skills it provides.  So we might say that improving the quality and reach of a society’s educational system should be expected to reduce existing inequalities.

On the other hand, access to education amplifies everyone’s talents — elite and disadvantaged alike.  And more importantly, education proceeds through specific, concrete social institutions — schools and universities — and the quality and effectiveness of these educational institutions varies enormously across the face of a complex society.  It is possible — perhaps likely — that these variations in quality will correspond to populations and neighborhoods in ways that align with patterns of prior advantage and disadvantage.  So it is likely that we will have high-quality, effective schools providing education to advantaged groups; and low-quality drop-out factories providing education to the disadvantaged institutions.  In this case, the education system might actually have the effect of deepening and entrenching the social inequalities that exist across groups.


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Salman Khan of Khan Academy – TED Talk

Just watch it.
Shame on you if you don’t !

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La Théocratie Scientifique – The Scientific Theocracy

Quel est le pays qui a connu la plus forte progression en terme de publications scientifiques ? Iran.
What is the country that has the fastest growth in scientific publications ? Iran.

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Seth Godin – The Race to the top

Exclusive interview with Seth Godin from GiANT Impact on Vimeo.

Brilliant !

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Dear Coffee.. I love you

Un blog sur le café.

A blog about coffee.

via Shawn Blanc

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L’an 2000 imaginé en 1910 – The year 2000 seen from 1910

via Marginal Revolution.

D’autres images sont disponibles sur Paleo Future.
More images on Paleo Future.

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Israeli society and occupation – La société israelienne et l’occupation

Une conférence à la London School of Economics (LSE) par Gideon Levy, chroniqueur chez Haaretz.
Voici la description de la conférence – The description of the conference :

Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. In his lecture he will explore how Israeli society deals with the occupation and with the international criticism of this. He will also examine the role of the Israeli media in supporting the occupation.

Vous pouvez écouter la conférence en utilisant le lecteur – You can listen to the conference using the player.

Vous pouvez également télécharger le podcast sur sur iTunes ou sur la page officielle des conférences de la LSE.
You can download the podcast on iTunes or the official events page of the LSE.

Lien direct – Direct link.

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Le Triomphe de la ville – Ed Glaeser

Edward L. Glaeser est professeur d’économie à Harvard étudiant les problématiques d’urbanisation.

Il vient de sortir un livre sur le Triomphe de la ville,  Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.

Ed Glaeser vient de faire une conférence à la London School of Economics où il présente ses idées sur la ville et les possibilités qu’elle offre pour les problèmes actuels : changement climatique, pauvreté, inégalités ..

La conférence peut être téléchargeable en audio directement ici. Vous pouvez également la voir sur le site de la LSE sur ce lien ou sur Youtube ci dessous :

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Images satellites du Japon

Comparaison grâce à des images satellites : Le Japon avant et après la catastrophe.

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