Due to the coronavirus, I arrived in Taiwan 5 months later than originally planned. Fulbright scholarships typically last about a year, but mine was reduced to 7 months and now that Covid-19 has come to Taiwan, I left early so it only ended up being a 6-month experience. …


Here is an explainer about charter schools I wrote in 2019. I think it still mostly holds up. But if I was going to write something similar today I would probably find a place to talk about anti-poverty policies being a tool to increase education. But outside of anti-poverty programs…


Soon I will receive my National Health Insurance (NHI) card from the Taiwan government. I’m pretty excited about this because if you had to make a case for which country in the world has the best healthcare policy, it would be pretty easy to make a strong argument for Taiwan…


Jamarid Robinson, one of my former students, was murdered yesterday. He was just 15 years old.

I taught Jamarid for the 2019–2020 school year. While he had a tumultuous relationship with school he was a clever young kid who was incredibly loyal to his friends. I loved Jamarid like I…


“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”

― Miguel…


My 2021 New Years Resolution is to get 3 people to join me in signing the Giving What We Can Pledge. Below I explain the what, when, why, who, and how of the pledge. So give it a read, and see if you’re ready to sign.

What — The Giving…


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The median White family in America has 10 times the wealth of the median Black family. When you look at averages, the gap is even more startling, the average White family has a net worth $791,700 higher than the average Black family.

Education statistics are also sharply divided, America spends…


Our policy opinions are simply a mixture of our values and our interpretations of empirical research. If two people have different values they can be looking at the exact same research and draw wildly different conclusions. …


Alright, let’s get this out of the way, before any wild accusations start getting thrown my way by the 10 people that will actually read this. I voted for Joe Biden. But only because I believe in voting for the lesser of two evils.

Yes, I believe Joe Biden the…


There are only two possible reasons that humans live in poverty: either we are unable to eradicate it, or we collectively choose to allow it. Today it is clearly the latter, we have the means to abolish poverty, but we choose not to. The global GDP per capita is now…

Nate Golden

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