It seems to me that one thing all of us can agree about is the value of education/training. The future of our country, and the world depends, at least in part in having the highest educated (trained) individuals and we should try to reduce the barriers and increase the motivation of all our citizens to being educated.

On the other hand, I ran across the following discussion Is Public Education Working? How Would We Know? that suggests that, much as it goes against what we have read, our education is getting better despite a number of major social factors that should have lead to worse education.

Not that I think we are doing enough, but if this is true, it suggests that the money and programs that we have enacted in the last decades have been effective and have achieved some of the improvements that they were designed for.

Some other articles that I think are interesting are:

  • The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom -- Thought I may not agree with all the components and the value of Economic Freedom vs Quality of life, this study does at least quantizes the Free enterprise factors of a large number of countries.

  • Interview: Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project in 1984, -- After 20 years Stallman is still a controversial person, but he also has important things to say about the past and current state of "open source" software.



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