Archive for December, 2011

Creative, Talkative Students

December 13, 2011 2 comments

I actually hate telling students they can’t talk in class…especially if they are trying to clarify something they don’t understand with another student.

This post reminds me that disruptive behavior isn’t always related to bad qualities, but may also be a sign of creative impulse!

In my classes, sinceĀ  most students don’t speak English natively, many of them need complete silence from their fellow students to be able to concentrate and understand.

But I wish that wasn’t the case. I’d prefer to let them multitask, listening to the lecture while also engaging with their classmates. It doesn’t bother me when they talk, as much as I think it bothers the other students.

Categories: Education

Answers to the Last 5 Questions

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

For those students who worked the scenario problem at the end of the quiz: $6, 120, $360, 120 gallons, and $4.

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How Immigrant Networks Help Economies

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s not just the simplistic “they bring cheap labor” (in the case of rich countries) or “they bring needed skills” (in the case of poor countries).

The fact is that immigrant communities solve information asymmetries and make economies work better by facilitating trade and information flows.

…a Chinese trader in Indonesia who spots a gap in the market for cheap umbrellas will alert his cousin in Shenzhen who knows someone who runs an umbrella factory. Kinship ties foster trust, so they can seal the deal and get the umbrellas to Jakarta before the rainy season ends. Trust matters, especially in emerging markets where the rule of law is weak. So does a knowledge of the local culture. That is why so much foreign direct investment in China still passes through the Chinese diaspora….

Diasporas also help spread ideas.

Nations can improve their economies’ efficiency simply by making it easier for immigrant communities to form within their borders. Cities and regions could compete with each other to attract them, too.

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