January 24, 2005

Education Trust Redeemed

While I criticized a methodologically awful Education Trust study here (scroll down), I've got to say that their new tool, College Results Online, is pretty nifty. It allows easy cross comparison of some of the critical numbers, including the six year graduation rate, which does not receive nearly the attention it deserves. Too many people wind up with too much debt and no degree to show for it.

Posted by jeffreyb at 04:29 AM | Comments (0)

January 17, 2005


I left this response to a comment on TalkLeft (scroll down), but since I'm not sure it went through, I thought I'd go ahead and post it here.

Wellston Smith writes: That's how the GOP operates: They permit nobody to break ranks and criticize any aspect of their thought-collective. Anybody who does is instantly McCarthy'd as a "sellout" and traitor to the cause.

Yeah, that's why pro-choice folks like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Condoleezza Rice, and Rudy Giuliani are kept far away from the levers of power, and pro-war leftists like Ed Koch and Ron Silver aren't invited to any Vast Right Wing Conspiracy events.

I'd offer more examples, but I'm going to the local Church of God with Signs Following potluck supper and law school textbook burning we're hosting for those vile libertarians Glenn Reynolds and Eugene Volokh, so I need to make this quick.

That's why they've been so remarkably silent on the Armstrong Williams issue.

Yeah, nobody [1] has [2] said [3] anything [4] at [5] all [6]. Probably because this is such common practice among conservative authors, that Republicans have already developed a comeback plan for him.

On second thought, he might have been engaging in satire. It's hard to tell sometimes.

Posted by jeffreyb at 06:18 PM | Comments (0)

January 02, 2005

.edu ?

Montgomery Blair, a magnet high school in Maryland, has its web address at www.mbhs.edu.

Something odd is going on. Montgomery Blair is a high school. It's not supposed to have the ability to acquire a domain in .edu, which is reserved for post-secondary institutions.

My guess is that they've been grandfathered in. Take a look at the activation date in their whois record:

Domain Name: MBHS.EDU

Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd. E
Silver Spring, MD 20901


Administrative Contact:
Peter Hammond
Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd E
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 649-2800

Technical Contact:
Same as above

Name Servers:

Domain record activated: 25-Jan-1990
Domain record last updated: 16-Nov-1999

Pretty amazing that a high school managed to get on the Internet that early. They even managed to beat the other local academic high school power house, Thomas Jefferson. TJ registered in 1992, but has also managed to get and keep its tjhsst.edu domain.

I wonder what other now-ineligible groups hold a .edu address?

Posted by jeffreyb at 03:51 PM | Comments (1)