Sorry for the silly title. That's a quote from one of the articles below, and I chuckle every time I read it.
A few classes ago I suggested that there are very few things that are either "all good" or "all bad". One of the first and most important lessons from economics is that just about everything in life has tradeoffs. Absolutes are rare. Opportunity costs are ever-present. Even the most well-intended policies will result in costs imposed on some sectors of society. Of course, for every rule there is an exception. The education of girls as a means to fight poverty is probably one of the true unequivocal "win-win" prescriptions that we know of.
Below are some recent stories from the popular press. We'll get into more academic analysis of the issues later in the term. Can anyone come up with a good gapminder graph to help us take a look at these issues?
Educating women to fight terrorism from the LA Times
Marked decrease in fertility rates in Afghanistan from the Asbury Park Press
Online education, MOOCs and empowerment of women from the LA Times