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The driveway test

This is when you spend a couple of extra minutes in your car, parked in the driveway, because you want to finish that truly engaging episode of a podcast. I just made it up, but I’m sure it’s been used before.

This interview with Roland Fryer by Russ Roberts easily passed it. Roberts is a sharp interviewer who does not throw out easy questions, and more than once he asked one milliseconds before it crystalized in my own mind. The truly engaging part is that Fryer had well thought-out answers to each.

It helps that the topic was close to my heart, of course. Some of the experiments in education — paying students per book read, etc. — were done in Washington DC, and I am a DCPS parent myself. Lucky that we won’t need to implement the scheme in our own household, since we would have to file for bankruptcy faster than a crypto billionaire.

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