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The Council on Strategic Risks
"The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is a nonprofit, non-partisan security policy institute devoted to anticipating, analyzing and addressing core systemic risks to security in the 21st century, with special examination of the ways in which these risks intersect and exacerbate one another. "
public_policy  thinktank  strategy 
yesterday by loimprevisto
A Mathematician’s Lamentby - Paul Lockhart
"if I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently beingdone— I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soul-crushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.

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The trouble is that math, like painting or poetry, is hard creative work. That makes it very difficult to teach. Mathematics is a slow, contemplative process. It takes time to produce a work of art, and it takes a skilled teacher to recognize one. Of course it’s easier to post a set of rules than to guide aspiring young artists, and it’s easier to write a VCR manual than to write an actual book with a point of view.Mathematics is an art, and art should be taught by working artists, or if not, at least by people who appreciate the art form and can recognize it when they see it. It is not necessary that you learn music from a professional composer, but would you want yourself or your child to be taught by someone who doesn’t even play an instrument, and has never listened to a piece of music in their lives? Would you accept as an art teacher someone who has never picked up a pencil or stepped foot in a museum? Why is it that we accept math teachers who have never produced an original piece of mathematics, know nothing of the history and philosophy of the subject, nothing about recent developments, nothing in fact beyond what they are expected to present to their unfortunate students? What kind of a teacher is that? How can someone teach something that they themselves don’t do? I can’t dance, and consequently I would never presume to think that I could teach a dance class (I could try, but it wouldn’t be pretty). The difference is I know I can’t dance. I don’t have anyone telling me I’m good at dancing just because I know a bunch of dance words."
essay  education  public_policy  math 
2 days ago by loimprevisto
Examining the Role of Use of Force Policies in Ending Police Violence by Samuel Sinyangwe :: SSRN
We consulted legal experts, academics, and activists to identify a range of policies designed to impose common sense restrictions on how and when police use force against civilians. Then we reviewed the use of force guidelines of the nation’s largest police departments to determine where these policies were currently in place and whether they were associated with fewer police-involved killings. We found all of the policies to predict lower rates of police-involved killings, with substantially fewer police-involved killings among departments that have more of these policies in place. These results suggest specific changes to police department use of force policies can significantly reduce police violence in America.

-- the author seems to be a well known activist.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Sinyangwe

good to see activists taking efforts to do original research. I am not sure if this report has been reviewed by relevant subject matter experts.
policing  discrimination  race  black_lives_matter  public_policy 
february 2019 by rvenkat
He Committed Murder. Then He Graduated From an Elite Law School. Would You Hire Him as Your Attorney? - The New York Times
Last September, a group of academics and activists gathered at Princeton University to discuss the limits of artificial intelligence in public policy.

The longest debate concerned some of the most sensitive decisions in the justice system, like whether to release a person on bail or parole. Many in attendance were queasy about using algorithms to determine prison stays — not least because crime data tends to reflect racial bias. But one conference goer in particular stood out for his skepticism.
ee  AI  public_policy  police 
february 2019 by osi_info_program
Saez and Zucman on Warren tax plan
-- a favorable evaluation by Krugman here
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/opinion/elizabeth-warren-tax-plan.html

-- a more cautious evaluation by Noah Smith here
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-29/u-s-economy-populist-plans-to-soak-the-rich-could-backfire

-- a critical take by Mankiw here
http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2019/01/who-is-prototypical-rich-person.html

and the Saez-Zucman op-ed in the times
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/opinion/ocasio-cortez-taxes.html

and Zucman's paper on questions of tax evasion and avoidance here
http://gabriel-zucman.eu/files/AJZ2018b.pdf

-- Smith's caution is based on allusion to institutional economic thinking, lack of empirical support and overt populist dog-whistle rhetoric.
wealth  income  inequality  public_policy  united_states_of_america  us_politics  us_elections 
january 2019 by rvenkat

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