This Week in the News…

Posted: December 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Dec. 12, The Plain Dealer

Never Too Late to Help Reading, Alliance Says

“It’s not going to change, said [Susan] Frost, who was a senior education adviser in the Clinton administration. There’s no instruction there now. So, these youngsters drop out. Tuesday, Frost’s group released two reports that conclude it does not have to be that way. In the first, renowned literacy expert Michael Kamil documents that reading can successfully be taught to older students. The second report, by George Mason University professor Elizabeth Sturtevant, suggests that placing literacy coaches in middle and high schools can be a vital help to older students who are learning to read. Such coaches would operate as master teachers who would help develop the school’s curriculum and train other teachers.”

Friday, Dec. 12, New York Times

Shootings Upset Sniper Suspect, Jury Is Told

“Legal experts said it was rare for juries to acquit defendants based on insanity pleas, and even rarer in cases where the defense claims brainwashing. Patricia Hearst, the newspaper heiress, used the brainwashing defense in her trial nearly three decades ago, but a jury convicted her on charges that she had assisted the Symbionese Liberation Army in robbing a bank in 1975. Mr. Malvo may face similar hurdles, experts not associated with the case said, because he comes across as having been cogent during the crimes. ‘There was so much planning for these execution-type shootings that it seems hard to say he didn’t know what he was doing,’ said Michael O’Neill, an associate professor of law at George Mason University.”

Sunday, Dec. 14, New York Times

Futures Markets in Everything

“Still, meritocracy isn’t democracy. Like any market, a futures market is only as good as the information it processes. Robin Hanson, a professor of economics at George Mason University, likes to distinguish between naive investors (so-called sheep) and investors who base decisions on hard evidence (so-called wolves). Get too many sheep and not enough wolves, and it’s possible that you end up with bad predictions. Which, in the end, may have been the real flaw in the Pentagon’s PAM experiment.”

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