Kids are Expensive

KIDS ARE EXPENSIVE: American families will shell out an average of $233,610 from birth through age 17 — or about $13,000 a year. The ballooning price tag, a 3% increase, comes at a time when day-care costs can exceed university tuitions and homes prices have skyrocketed to record highs. (Washington Post)

  • Families in urban areas in the Northeast, such as New York and Boston, were likely to pay even more — an average of $253,770, or roughly $14,000 a year — because of higher housing and child-care costs.
  • Lower-income families are likely to spend $212,300 per child through age 17, while higher-income families will spend more than double that, or about $454,770.
  • Families in rural areas, meanwhile, are likely to spend 24% less than their counterparts in urban areas in the Northeast.

Credit: Washington Post

PERSONALIZED LEARNING FOR 6-12 GRADES: A nationwide pilot program, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom. Indeed, despite the buzz around personalized learning, there’s no simple recipe for success, and the common ingredients — such as adaptive-learning technology and student control over learning — can backfire if poorly implemented. (Wired)

  • One early November afternoon in an hour’s drive south of San Francisco, a class of ninth-graders sat at computers for a 45-minute session of personalized learning time. Many watched instructional videos or worked with adaptive-learning software that adjusted lessons based on each student’s proficiency. Other than a few murmured conversations and the clicking of keyboards, the only sound was mellow acoustic guitar music played on their teacher’s laptop.
  • By offloading some rote learning to a computer—such as memorizing the steps of cell division or the formulas for sine, cosine and tangent—we can make the most of the connections between teachers and kids. We want more of those interactions to be about big ideas, deeper learning and the sort of feedback that you can only get from a real, live adult.

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Pretentious Cocktails & Cheeses

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PROFIT OF a $22 COCKTAIL: With profit between 15% and 25%, it turns out cocktails are not highway robbery (maybe).

  • The cost of the pour should ring up at no more than 25% of the price of the cocktail.
  • 50% to 60% of what you’re paying goes toward labor, keeping the lights on and the rent paid, and spillage — a term that encompasses testing as well as, yes, actual sloppiness, inevitable on busy nights.
The Charted Cheese Wheel (Pop Chart Lab)

The Charted Cheese Wheel (Pop Chart Lab)

Charted Cheese Wheel: A charting of 65 cheeses, broken down by the animal and texture, ranging from the mild to the stinky and from the rock hard to the silky smooth.

Living on 2.0: Uber Price-Gouging, Vaper Shops, and Face Memory

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UBER TAXI: Technological convenient, but high surge pricing. The same service. Compared to a regular tax – the same amount of time. The same trip. And a price differential of three and a half times ($13 v. $47). (NYTIMES)

Road at Miraflores in Lima, Peru

Road at Miraflores in Lima, Peru (Credits: Christine Lai)

VAPERS: 6 e-cigarette shops have opened in New York City, and serve the “vapers” providing supplies, guidance and a social scene. Despite some bans, the hope in the growing industry is that vaping will eventually oust smoking, just as the DVD displaced videocassettes. (NYTIMES)

MEMORABLE FACES: What makes a face more memorable? Familiarity, kindness, trustworthiness, uniqueness. (NPR)