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Archive of posts published in the category: Education

Higher Ed Anxiety

From The New Republic, Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League by William Deresiewicz  Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual…

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Best Graduation Speech of 2014

Dear Class of 2014: Thanks for Not Disinviting Me by Stephen Carter at Bloomberg. excerpt: In my day, the college campus was a place that celebrated the diversity of ideas. Pure argument was our guide. Staking out an unpopular position…

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Ignorance and Arrogance

From Victor Davis Hanson, The Death of the Humanities, at Defining Ideas. Excerpts: A final irony was that classical liberal education—despite the fashionable critique that it had never been disinterested—for a century was largely apolitical. Odysseus was critiqued as everyman,…

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Education is a Culture

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, The Miseducation of Education Reformers Selected excerpts ( please follow the link and read the entire piece) : It’s an article of faith that our schools are failing our children. But most educational reformers…

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Expert Problems

“Expert problems (in which the expert knows a lot but less than he thinks he does) often bring fragilities, and acceptance of ignorance the reverse.3 Expert problems put you on the wrong side of asymmetry. Let us examine the point…

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Education Market Correction

Is the MBA Going Away? by Megan McArdle But that doesn’t mean that the MBA is losing its value–when I returned to Chicago in October 2011 for my 10th business-school reunion, I saw no signs that Booth graduates were having…

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Devaluing College Education

from the Wall Street Journal, 4/6/13, Ben Casselman writes Number of the Week: Youth Unemployment at 22.9%? Excerpt: Perhaps no group has been hit harder by the recession and grinding recovery than the young. The official unemployment rate for those…

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The College Bubble

Jeff Jacoby writes The College Money Pit for the Boston Globe, 4/29/12. Excerpt: Year in, year out, Washington bestows tuition aid on students and their families. Year in, year out, the cost of tuition surges, galloping well ahead of inflation.…

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Smart Dropouts

While our students perform poorly on standardized tests relative to other countries, we have the most desirable institutions of higher education in the world and have a disproportionate share of Nobel Prize winners.  How is this so and do we…

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Housing and Education

“You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin education you coulda got for a dollah fifty in late chahges at the public library.” From the movie Good Will Hunting. Among the lessons we are still learning from the…

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A Broadened Concept of Wealth

If the concept of wealth is properly expanded to include human capital, not just homes and stocks, it is clear that total wealth has become far less concentrated and more widely dispersed than it used to be. Percentages of narrowly…

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Then… It’s not about the children?

from the ‘never waste time killing those who are busy committing suicide’ files…. NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin explains what is truly important to the teacher’s union:

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The Death of Judgment

After a long day of helping my daughter move into her apartment in Bloomington, Indiana, before classes start we went for a late bite at Applebee’s.  Apparently Indiana has a new law that EVERYONE gets carded if you order a…

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Victims of the Feminist Revolution

In 1940 55% of college educated female workers in their thirties were employed as teachers.  As opportunities  for women broadened the best and the brightest left teaching and went into other higher paying fields.  The school teaching profession experienced a…

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Understanding Success

I just finished Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. He has a knack for insights and thinking that most of us miss. The premise is that success is less a matter of IQ and talent and more a matter of culture, opportunity…

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Not Dead Yet

It is politically fashionable to predict the demise of America as a global power and I imagine it will happen some day but here are some of the reasons it may not be as soon as many wish or predict:…

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Informatics

One can now major in Informatics, the newest program at Indiana University. It is in repsonse to the need to understand, organize and utilize the vast information at our fingertips. Yes, I feel as outdated as when I view a…

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Writing Off An Education

In American Thinker Christopher Chantril writes May 25, 2008US Can’t Pass English 101Excerpt: Since we are worrying about “larger implications” let us escape from the bell jar of liberal thinking and wonder why it is that after a century and…

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The Purpose of an Education

“In our desire to make sure that our children learn to “adjust” to their environment, we have given them insufficient opportunity to acquire the knowledge that will enable them to master their environment.” “In our attempt to make education “fun”,…

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