Tagged: education

Prelude to Real Education Ch. 3 0

Prelude to Real Education Ch. 3

Last night I was sitting down to (finally) pen my comments on chapter three of Charles Murray’s Real Education – “Too many people are going to college” – when i found out that President Obama had upped the ante. I heard patches of the speech on the radio, but I...

Information Literacy: Education for the Future 3

Information Literacy: Education for the Future

Well, it was 15 years ago. Last week I was reading an issue of a higher education journal from 1992 about “Information Literacy”. In the days leading up to the internet’s launch into mainstream life, these writers were discussing the future of the library and the librarian in post-secondary 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...

Misusing Binet 0

Misusing Binet

Alfred Binet, a self-taught psychologist, created the scale which is now one of the best known measures of intelligence. In 1904 a French child psychology society began looking into determining which students would qualify for special education, and Binet – who had “published more than 200 books, articles, and reviews...

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....