Category Archives: education

Educational Crossroads

Sarah Hoyt is moving house and going through boxes and she came across a report from her son’s sixth grade, and he failed math.  Her kid should not have failed math, so she was really puzzled.  Then they found the paper that explained why: Because that check list leading to an F in math read […]

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We’re Doing It Wrong

I am not surprised when public schooled kids are good kids and have a decent education (after all, most homeschooling parents are also graduates of public schools so have some first hand experience). But I am relieved, because statistically public schools have a dismal track record. They give diplomas to kids who are functionally illiterate […]

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Blast from the past, Isyerbit on our schools

It always baffles me when people imagine that stuff like this is somehow a departure from the norm: Seriously now, how hard is to write questions for third-graders that don’t (a) address creepy topics like cannibalism, (b) ask how many slaves it would take to pick an orchard clean, or (c) intrude on their and their family’s privacy […]

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Fixing the Attention

From: The Intelligence: A Semi-monthly Journal of Education, Volume 24, 1904 Share! Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend

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College Teaching, 1908 Part Two

Part one is here. Journalist Harold Bolce spent two years visiting the nations most prestigious colleges and universities. He sat in classrooms, read syllabuses, took notes, interviewed professors, and read textbooks.  He was deeply disturbed by his findings, and believed that most Americans would be, too.  He wrote a series of articles about it for […]

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1908: Colleges teaching that there are no absolute evils

1908: The editor of a publication called the Cosmopolitan (not that Cosmopolitan) introduces a series of articles about colleges thus: This is the first of a series of articles by Mr Bolce, who has now completed a study of American colleges extending over two years. What Mr Bolce sets down here is of the most […]

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Then and Now, the Democrat Platform on Education

“We are opposed to state interference with parental rights and rights of conscience in the education of children as an infringement of the fundamental Democratic doctrine that the largest individual liberty consistent with the rights of others insures the highest type of American citizenship and the best government.” — From the Democratic National Platform of […]

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College Questions

Texas is working on setting up a database for their residents and college grads so that entering college students can make wiser, more informed choices about their majors. It helps them not commit the folly of believing the hype that all college educations automatically result in a greater income than not having a college education. […]

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“Hitler was the leader of the country of Amsterdam,” and WWII was 300 years ago. -College Students at Penn State

Questioner: What was the Holocaust? American College Student: Um…I’m on the spot. Questioner: Which country was Adolf Hitler the leader of? American College Student: I think it’s Amsterdam? Questioner: What was Auschwitz? American College Student: I don’t know. Questioner: What were the Nuremburg Trials? American College Student: I don’t know. Questioner: How many Jews were […]

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Uneducated, Unproductive

From 2005, but interesting: lives for Americans below the poverty line continue to get better in terms of what they are able to put in their households and have to make use of everyday. And do note that theaverage American household in 2005 was doing much better than its 1971 counterpart.  MUCH better – and this […]

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