The Real Truth about NYC’s Elite High Schools

Excellent article by Outook Zen: The Real Truth about NYC’s Elite High Schools A many have already noted, the left cares more about equality of outcomes than equality of opportunities. The left cares more about equality than helping the gifted and talented poor. According to…

Fixing the Student Loan Debt Crisis and Reforming Edcuation

From Demos: Why Education Does Not Fix Poverty The author lists some reasons why poverty has not fallen in spite of the US population becoming more educated: First, handing out more high school and college diplomas doesn’t magically create more good-paying jobs. When more credentials…

Improving Society and Policy

From Jim: Fixing housing, health, and education. The fundamental problem is the misallocation of public resources. Replace costly, time-consuming diplomas with SATs, Wondericks, and other IQ-like proxies, to signal competence. Employers realize that GPAs are becoming diluted due to grade inflation. This also explains why…

Education and the Blank Slate: Setting Realistic Expectations

Excellent article from a surprising source: Helicopter Parenting Has Given Birth To A Generation of Entitled Victims Another similar patient I saw was a 14-year old female presenting with depression and anxiety. Though she was of moderate intelligence, she and her highly-educated parents insisted on…

The Daily View 3/8/2016

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework And the Reddit discussion, which is more valuable than the article. A common thread among commenters, growing up, is that homework was tedious and useless, yet scored high on tests, which is…

Is America Really ‘Dumbing Down’?

It has become a common refrain among pundits on both the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ to lament that America is in a state of ‘dumbing down’, with examples of pop culture (Keeping up With the Kardashians, MTV, etc) and education (political correctness in curriculum, SJWs…

What isn’t being taught in schools that should be?

This ‘Ask Reddit’ question What isn’t being taught in schools that should be? is going viral. This was the most upvoted answer, getting over 3,000 upvotes: HOW TO Pay taxes Vote Find a job Buy a house Buy a car LESSONS Current Events What laws…

The Student Loan Charade

From Bloomberg: Who’s Profiting from $1.2 Trillion of Federal Student Loans? For-profit colleges profit, so does the higher-ed bureaucracy. The issue is while student loan debt and tuition is high, the amount paid out of pocket by the student is low relative to the sticker…

How a person with an SAT score of a 1000 writes

An SAT score of 1000 on the post-1995 test is unimpressive, corresponding to an IQ of around 100. Most people who score that low (either on an IQ test or on the SAT) keep it private. According to those celebrity SAT lists you see everywhere,…

STEM vs. Liberal Arts: Which is Harder?

The essay Who’s the alpha male now, bitches? got me thinking – not about the subject matter of angst-ridden young adults and mass shootings, but the inimitable eloquence of the writing style itself. The precision and skill of how the words were chosen and arranged…