Paying the Price

In the first chapter of his little book, How Do We Know, Leonard Read quotes the first-century Roman poet, Juvenal, who writes: “All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.” Read claims that Juvenal only got it half-right; that is, few indeed are willing to pay the price, but according to Read, “never… has everyone wished to possess knowledge.” This is a curious statement coming from someone wishing to interest others in the quest for Read more […]

Reading Read (Leonard, that is)

Like many others, I resolved that 2013 would be different. Chagrined as I was regarding the difference between the expected and actual trajectory of my habits in 2012, I made yet another January resolution. New Year’s Resolutions are awkward things. We welcome them one month and show them the door the next, like lingering houseguests. To be honest, I have made my share of resolutions, and also have a trampled path leading to the metaphorical exit. Resolutions come and resolutions go; praise the Read more […]

Is Racial Segregation Creeping Back into Government Schools?

The Florida Board of Education recently passed provisions outlining goals for students’ math and reading skills. They don’t treat all the students equally though. They’ve applied different goals based on a student’s race or ethnic background. They’ve segregated the students into groups including Asians, whites, Latinos, and blacks. More is expected from Asians than from all the groups. The Board wants only 74% of black students to be reading at or above their grade level by 2018 compared Read more […]