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If the executives running
the ports at Maputo,
Libreville and
Bandar-Abbas have
hours or days of warning
they can get ships moved
to deep water. A tsunami
is harmless then, but in
shallow water a tsunami
striking a loaded
Ultra-Large Crude
Carrier or a massive
container ship or a bulk
carrier hauling ore or
grain will not be pretty.
Large ships sinking in
the Straits of Hormuz
would make already
difficult navigation
impossible.
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In the United States a law that attempted to rectify a number
of serious problems in education was known as No Child Left
Behind. It mandated annual testing on more or less
standardized tests. Unfortunately, the results are aggregated,
and the evaluation is done at the level of schools, which is
without any statistical justification. We've nothing against
evaluating teachers, but prefer to emphasize improvement of
individual students with progress evaluated weekly. That
means everyone needs an Individual Education Plan - one
student in six already has one. In addition, we see no (zero)
value in NCLB's goal of a high school  diploma. We assert a job
after college needs to be the objective. While the United States
searches for an answer, quantitative types have always
wanted to compare national educational infrastructures.
Currently, there is no universal test. When we analyze
American high schools we use geometry scores as a simple
factor. There are problems with this as one must equate
scores in Alaska with those in Alabama. Internationally, an
interesting measure of tertiary education is the production of
FIDE chess grandmasters in particular and chess players in
general. There's a reasonable archaeological argument to be
made that chess was invented or at least formalized in Iran.
Weighing intrinsic worth against mobility; optimizing finite
resources; calculating the future consequences of complex
scenarios - what's not to use? To illustrate such strategic
thinking, we give some lightweight analysis of a recent game
from the Iranian national championships.
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