Archive for June, 2012

Biases? Not me.

Susan David (HBR): Biases you don’t know you have. Oh, wait.


Higher Ed Bubble (cont.)

Appallingly plausible: A college degree is increasingly valuable as it is a reliable indicator that the graduate knows what they should have learned in High School. #What?!

This is appallingly plausible. I’m not certain, but I think the trend would also be a boon to third-party certification, a cheaper and more rigorous alternative


Insightful comment by Joshua Travino on an exceptionally vapid interview of Sandra Fluke. A tragic example of the emptiness of thoughtlessness. It was all snotty clichés meant to avoid honest engagement. Eww. If you follow the link try not to get any on you.

A single college course reversing your convictions isn’t a sign of a strong course, but a weak mind: — Joshua Treviño (@jstrevino)

Someone should write a book on this tyranny of clichés.

Public Schools: Parental Malpractice? (Cont.)

Losing faith.

With each passing year it becomes increasingly clear that the big- box school model that carried America through much of the 20th century is no longer working.

Daily Bummer: Dude, where’s my housing recovery?

It’s in the dumpster with unemployment & the Euro.

Public Education: Parental Malpractice? (Cont.)

Penelope Trunk via Ann Althouse: Looking down on parents who put their children in public school.

We all know that learning is best when it’s customized to the child and we all know that public schools are not able to do that effectively. And the truly game-changing private schools cost $40,000 a year.

It’s clear is that homeschooled kids will rule the world when Generation Z enters the workplace.

Read the whole thing.

Conor Friedersdorf: Review of Twilight of the Elites

A cautionary tale. of meritocracy failure.

The elites who run things, having advanced to the top of various hierarchies, are performing miserably, Hayes argues, citing failures as varied as Enron, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the Catholic Church molestation scandal, the financial crisis, and the steroid scandal in Major League Baseball. A striking quote from a man named Thomas Day is marshaled to dramatize the parade of failures that helped to inspire the book. “I’m 31, an Iraq War veteran, a Penn State graduate, a native of State College, acquaintance of Sandusky’s, and a product of his Second Mile Foundation,” Day wrote after Joe Paterno’s firing. “And I have fully lost faith in the leadership of my parents’ generation.”

Conclusion of the review:

 Solving the problem is harder than diagnosing it.

From a comment highlighted by Instapundit:

“It has much less to do with the identification and nurturing of native intelligence than it does with the perpetuation of status.”


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