UV Letters

Human Capital Wreckage

Apr 6, 2018
Millions of workers requiring reskilling are ill-served by our current one-size-fits-all approach to higher education.
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Planned Obsolescence

Mar 23, 2018
My first real job was a triumphant lesson in unplanned obsolescence. I landed a paid internship at a New York PR firm called Creamer Dickson Basford and was assigned to the Pizza Hut account. It was an auspicious summer for Pizza Hut public relations. Not only was Pizza Hut launching...
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Stonehenge

Mar 9, 2018
Of the dozens of brilliant moments in Christopher Guest and Rob Reiner's masterful rock parody Spinal Tap, my favorite is an ambitious plan gone awry. Faced with a case of the drabs on their U.S. tour, lead guitar Nigel Tufnel suggests reviving a number...
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Back On The Chain Gang

Feb 23, 2018
Perhaps because college was so consumed with pranks, it wasn't until the relatively mirthless years of law school that I was able to achieve my dream of playing in a rock and roll band. My brother Aaron had always been a drummer...
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President Trump Uses The Wrong Word (As Usual)

Feb 9, 2018
By now, most Americans are used to President Trump using words that, if not inappropriate, are quite wrong. It's clear he's a far cry from his idol, the Great Communicator, what with speeches that are varyingly at a 4th grade vocabulary level or read off the teleprompter at a protracted pace.
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Making Apprenticeships Work

Feb 4, 2018
It seems like everyone's talking about apprenticeships. Apprenticeships were the Trump Administration's first postsecondary education initiative; in June 2017, President Trump signed an executive order aiming to use apprenticeships to train five million Americans...
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Unsafe At Any Speed? Seatbelts For Online Learning

Jan 26, 2018
In early January I received the sad news that a college friend had passed away at the untimely age of 46. Although I've never mentioned him in this Letter, I've been tempted on many occasions.
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Education Dogs

Jan 12, 2018
The most surprising thing over Christmas break wasn't that 10 in-laws came to stay at our house, nor even that they stayed for an entire week. Instead, it was something I read...
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Debt-Free in '18

Dec 29, 2017
This song from 1989 always comes to mind during the holidays. First, because I have a strong memory of listening to this album - Blind Man's Zoo - one Christmas break while doing primary research for my college senior thesis in economics (an econometric comparison of the American and Canadian university systems). But more important...
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A Better Lecture

Dec 15, 2017
Despite what I sometimes hear in the Bay Area, the set of things that technology makes more useful is not equal to the set of all things. In other words, there are things that don't become more useful simply from digitization.
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