Socialization

Socialization

The first time I stumbled across the header pic, I immediately loved it, and loved the reaction of several friends I passed it onto who, being pro-homeschoolers, sometimes missed that critical second word just long enough to start out on how "socialization wasn't that important and... wait." - and then laugh.On a more serious note, though, Peter Grant points us to this article he wrote at the Mad Genius Club: As the Tennessee Department of Education prepares to roll out new academic standards in math, English, social studies and science, it’s turning attention to creating the state’s…

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The Wrong Kind of Meritocracy

Recently at Chicago Boyz, The Costs of Formalism and Credentialism: I’m reminded of an interchange that took place between Picasso and Monet as the German Army advanced through France in 1940. Monet was shocked to learn that the enemy had already reached Reims. “But what about our generals?” asked Monet. “What are they doing.” Picasso’s response: “Well, there you have it, my friend. It’s the Ecole des Beaux-Arts” …ie, formalists who had learned one set of rules and were not interested in considering deviations from same. It was an astute remark, and it fits very well with…

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Teaching - Who is to Blame?

Teaching - Who is to Blame?

John C Wright recently published a comment on teaching by a teacher and it certainly has a lot to pay attention to. I’m reproducing it in full, because otherwise I’d have to cop out and just tell you to go read the whole thing. Teachers having been bearing the brunt of criticism for educational policies that they did not want nor create. Yes there are bad teachers, just like in any profession, but as one I can testify that the majority really care about kids and want to teach them.There is a huge gap between the idealism…

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Have to hat tip +Foo Quuxman on this one. The article in question deals with a rise in apprenticeships – which even without reading the article immediately brought several things to mind, mostly tangental to the article. One – “skin in the game”. It’s brought up in the article, and is a fantastic point. Stepping back a bit, this applies to everyone involved in an apprenticeship. It’s also antifragile. I know people in several technical fields who love the high school students they get as interns, and wish they could take them on as apprentices instead of having to un-train…

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The Clamor For Student Debt Forgiveness

The Clamor For Student Debt Forgiveness

…is, as Stefan notes, a de-facto admission that college degrees are often not worth the investment. The relevant discussion starts at around 1:40, but, as usual, the whole damn show is well worth watching. It actually makes sense, and is a devastating argument. Sure, I’ve argued that college/university, outside of some technical fields, is no longer worth the investment – and of course been called anti-education for my pains despite said complainer knowing my wall full of books. As an aside, most of those are the ones I’ve kept through multiple military and other moves, and have…

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