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Federal Common Core Is Product of History-Free Special Interests

February 11, 2014
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Federal Common Core Is Product of History-Free Special Interests

Education has been around for millennia–time enough for civilization to know what’s good and bad in teaching and learning.   If there’s a problem today, then studying the past will yield insights.  Otherwise, money will be spent blindly on one trendy solution or another, while results will remain elusive.        Historical blindness is…

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Catcher in the Rye, Hikikomori, Students as Low Information Voters

February 4, 2014
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Catcher in the Rye, Hikikomori, Students as Low Information Voters

The complaint is often heard that teens should get more involved politically, as their peers supposedly did during the 1960s.  Even high school and college students are accused of drifting into low information lifestyles, and faculty are forced to accommodate or lose their jobs.  Reading and writing are out, entertainment is in–at least as a…

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Do College Athletics Signal a Resurgence of Eugenics?

January 31, 2014
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Do College Athletics Signal a Resurgence of Eugenics?

It wasn’t long ago that universities just assumed that becoming an intellectual was what higher education was all about.  Students read lots of books, even in their leisure hours, and people could tell that their knowledge had a broad foundation.   Faculty were scholars in their fields, and college presidents came from the best and…

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Did Lawyers Stop Professors from Standing Up against Student Plagiarism?

January 28, 2014
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Did Lawyers Stop Professors from Standing Up against Student Plagiarism?

Everyone saw how computers ushered in the age of cut-and-paste for students during the 1980s.       Before then, most universities required that sources for student papers had to come from the campus library, where indexes and abstracts were prominently housed right inside the main entrance doors (not up in the rafters).    …

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Get the Money Changers Out of the Educational Temple

January 24, 2014
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Get the Money Changers Out of the Educational Temple

When Jesus violently chased the money changers from the Temple, he was making a stand against the intrusion of commerce into the religious realm of life.  The time may be right around the corner that Coca-Cola or Ford or Apple Computer advertising will appear on church altars.  As the fiscal progressives remind us daily, it’s…

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Common Core Press Coverage Is Mechanical and Empty

January 23, 2014
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Common Core Press Coverage Is Mechanical and Empty

The media in America seems to speak with one voice, as if lawyers and fiscal progressives control all discussion.  Television and print coverage is the same–committee maneuvering, names of politicians, and bogus issues which substitute for the real ones.  Such reporting is designed to keep people away from the text, as if fine-print proceedings from…

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Intramural Sports, Stanford Graduates, Varsity Teams

January 21, 2014
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Intramural Sports, Stanford Graduates, Varsity Teams

It’s getting harder to distinguish the upcoming Superbowl from the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Republican and Democrat Conventions, Summer and Winter Olympics and other mega media spectacles that trace their roots back to the Roman Coliseum.  Yes, the Flavian Amphitheater was once the crowning achievement of Roman engineering and technology.        …

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Oral Tradition Is the Present and Future, Not Just the Past

January 20, 2014
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Oral Tradition Is the Present and Future, Not Just the Past

Einstein once quipped that “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”  Truth be told, humans might not be on a progressive path, one which gets better and better each year.       Perhaps history folds back onto its…

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Elementary Schooling More Important Than Ever

January 13, 2014
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Elementary Schooling More Important Than Ever

Past generations knew that a K-8 education had to be durable.  Monkey business was at a minimum and lessons in basic skills would have to last a lifetime.       Now it seems that the same academic package has been doubled, with college graduates not much farther along than their 8th grade peers long…

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Don’t “Engineer” Education through Government Policy

January 9, 2014
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Don’t “Engineer” Education through Government Policy

Putting substance back into public education isn’t about government management or higher pay for faculty.  It should be more about empowering faculty to research more and become intellectuals, especially in their own fields.  Rather, faculty are weaker than ever these days, under the management screws of federal and state education bureaucrats.        In…

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