There’s an argument tossed around by school reformers that what we need is more education: specifically, more school days. Death (or at least significant reduction) to summer vacation, they say. Maybe, maybe not. One of the things I’ve always wondered is: if more days of school are better, we have a pretty good natural experiment available—northern schools miss school days because of snow days; southern schools, not really. Has anyone studied this?
ESPN just showed the "Maxwell Award" for college football, which is an ultimately minor award given to the most excellent or most outstanding college football player every year. This sounds curiously like the Heisman's brief, and yet--as Dr. Saturday notes--the Maxwell started up before the Heisman. Why is the Heisman so much more celebrated?