Category: Education

Universal Pre-K is a Bad Idea, Part 2 1

Universal Pre-K is a Bad Idea, Part 2

Culture11.com tackled this issue recently, and brought in the voice of James Heckman, an economist who is often quoted in the discussion. a 2006 essay that Heckman wrote for the Wall Street Journal closes with the observation that there is “little basis for providing universal programs at zero cost,” and...

Universal Pre-K is a Bad Idea, Part 1 5

Universal Pre-K is a Bad Idea, Part 1

When my wife and I first heard then Senator Obama on the campaign trail talking about the wonder of universal pre-K we rolled our eyes simultaneously. As far as we’re concerned this may be the biggest waste of time, money, and manpower out of anything he’s suggested so far. Before...

Of Mice and Moms: Inheriting Intelligence 0

Of Mice and Moms: Inheriting Intelligence

The heritability of intelligence is one of the bigger questions in debates about education and IQ. Some, including those attempting to perpetuate the current educational system, swear that heritability is of negligible importance, and environment makes all the difference. Others swear that environment has almost nothing to do with outcomes....

Alan Jacobs: Internet in the Classroom 3

Alan Jacobs: Internet in the Classroom

I spend a good deal of time talking to my students about technological resources available to them, and trying to get them to use those resources well and wisely. I think it’s pretty clear from this blog that I am anything but a Luddite or techno-skeptic. But I do not...

Misplaced Priorities 0

Misplaced Priorities

I don’t know if it’s a symptom or part of the problem, but the priorities of parents are getting way out of whack. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A full federal appeals court won’t hear a lawsuit by three Tennessee students threatened with suspension if they wore Confederate flag T-shirts. I don’t...

The Attack of “Many” 0

The Attack of “Many”

When Larry Summers was still at Harvard, he made a comment during a lecture citing “innate differences” between men and women as a possible reason for the lack of gender parity in the sciences. As I’ve written before, it should be pretty obvious to everyone that men and women are...