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 the left, east-Asian, east-Indians and other high-achieving groups don’t count… Continue reading The Real Truth about NYC’s Elite High Schools
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 are chasing the same number of decent jobs, what you… Continue reading Fixing the Student Loan Debt Crisis and Reforming Edcuation
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 there is a push by the left to make these… Continue reading Improving Society and Policy
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 her taking the toughest classes in pursuit of her primary… Continue reading Education and the Blank Slate: Setting Realistic Expectations
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 a common trait among smart people, who tend to test… Continue reading The Daily View 3/8/2016
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 on campus, etc) as evidence of America’s alleged intellectual decline.… Continue reading Is America Really ‘Dumbing Down’?
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 there are Financial Advice Trading stocks Mental disorders Politics As… Continue reading What isn’t being taught in schools that should be?
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 price and only modestly exceeds the CPI. After taking into… Continue reading The Student Loan Charade
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, even most actors score higher than that, yet the author… Continue reading How a person with an SAT score of a 1000 writes
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 to make the essay informative yet galvanizing. So, is STEM… Continue reading STEM vs. Liberal Arts: Which is Harder?