Friday, February 29, 2008
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Monday, February 18, 2008
This is a discussion of normative economics sure to start a fight at your next dinner party. Be sure to cite me as the source of the irascible arguement.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
If Kyle feeds Flad and Flad feeds Kyle, they both eat 1000 calories. Since they both don't trust each other, they don't feed each other and receive zero calories. It's clear there are two equilibria here, but because it's Hell, they equate in a suboptimal equilibrium where they both starve. I think the correct term for this is a noncooperative equilibrium.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
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Sunday, February 03, 2008
Just think how little citizens in Iowa would have if we didn't trade goods and services with Illinois, Michigan, and New York. Yet, this is what leaders in African countries do directly and indirectly. The impose tarriffs and quotas on imports. Africa's problems are compounded by lack of a legal system, high child mortality, agricultual based economy, and political unrest.
For a photojournalist report on how political unrest in the Congo disrupts the economy, click here. Congo reports over 5.4 million deaths from a raging civil war in the last 19 years. A land-locked country makes international trade difficult. Like Kenya, many doubt the integrity of the election process.
It's not the Mitumba that enslaves Africa, but the economics of war, agriculture, and lack of a legal system.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Whenever my name is mispronounced, I want to buy a toy pistol, push my beret to an angle, comb my beard to a point, hijack a busload of republican tourists from Wisconsin, force them to chant anti-american slogans in Spanish, and wait for a bilingual SWAT team to helicopter overhead begging me to be responsible.
My index with relative weights is: Golden Rule (5), Solving conflicts nonviolently (3), Listening (3), Nonjudgmental in actions and appearance (2), Courtsey (1), No putdowns (1), Reprocity (1), Trading Up (1), Perceived Fairness (1).
I interpret the index components as follows: Treat others as you want to be treated. When dealing with problems refrain from win-lose arguements. You must listen. Listening is seeking to understand not to retort. Often times our children of color have different appearances. We need to judge our children on the content of their character and not my the clothes they wear. Always refrain from altering the balance of power in your interactions by refraining from put downs. During an interaction with a student, don't strive to teach them a lesson or get even by lowering their grade. A grade should never be influenced by your values. Always listen to what the student is saying and resist "trading up" by switching to a student who you want to help more or listen. You might be as fair as a Supreme Court justice, but if the student perceives you as unfair, the perception is the reality.
Use the index as follows: Suppose you are having difficulty with student X. Assign numbers to each category, then multiply by the relative weight. A high number shows respect. A low number shows deficiency. Zero in on the areas of the index that are low and build respect in that area.
In my classes, respect is given to the students but it seems I have to earn it. You earn respect by practicing the elements from the respect index. I believe that this index will be Pareto efficient as both you and your students will both gain. I like to say that I'm the adult in the classroom. I love all of my students no matter what grade, ability, or background. You treat people as you see them. You should neither look down--nor up--to any man. The best teacher seeks what is right not who is right. As Zig Ziglar said, the way to get what you want is to help someone else get what they want. Like the Revolutionary Spanish Lesson, most want respect.