Sunday, May 06, 2007

Book: Freakonomics

I picked up this book through a friend's recommendation. He told me this book, written by economist Levitt and New York Times reporter Dubner, has a unique way to explain the world by using data. When I got the book, I was totally surprised to find out there are two chapters devoted to parenting. The first one analyzed data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study done by US Department of Education in the late 1990s and the second one analyzed children's names from California since 1961. The conclusion challenges a lot of conventional thinkings on the subject. I enjoyed reading both chapters very much and I highly recommend the book to any parents who are in a quest of perfect parenting.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

College Admission III: MIT Dean Resigned

MIT's admission officer, Marilee Jones, just resigned, see New York Time article. The new admission officer may change how MIT evaluates new students. To make matters more complicated, Harvard and Princeton just ended early admissions. We might see a lot of changes in next year's college application process.