Category Archives: Education

Nisbett, Jensen and Rushton

Hunter High School is an extremely selective exam school in New York City, recently the subject of some attention because a student speaker at graduation, upset about the racial/ethnic mix of students there, said: “If you truly believe that the … Continue reading

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Misreading the Coleman report

 I am signed up to read the Direct Instruction list, which is both inspiring with its stories of success against great odds — DI is largely limited to special ed situations, although it works like a charm in regular classrooms … Continue reading

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Counterproductive advertising

I’d been hearing this ad for weeks, and it really bugged me; why would a university deliberately advertise itself in a bad light? Anyway, I finally sent a message to the head ( holden2@depaul.edu ) of the communications department (who … Continue reading

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Simplified spelling — don’t go there

Over at Kitchen Table Math, Catherine Johnson has recently written in favor of simplifying English spelling. She asks: Suppose you simplified spelling so that written English became a perfectly transparent writing system like Spanish. It would be obvious to one … Continue reading

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Fun with Click and Jane

Virginia Heffernan writes a media column for The New York Times, and last week’s, titled “Click and Jane,” asks “What are kids learning to read when they learn to read online?” The question was prompted, she tells us, by her … Continue reading

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Heterogeneous classes

Catherine Johnson at Kitchen Table Math posted a link to research about the long-term effects on children who are placed in mixed-ability classes far ahead of their level. Years later, they are more likely to be depressed. From Science News: … Continue reading

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Differentiated instruction

Joanne Jacobs recently posted a link to a news story about how much California teachers make. The comment thread drew predictable responses from teachers who don’t make that much, or who think it’s only reasonable for how hard they work, … Continue reading

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Goldin, Katz and fans

(Cross-posted at Kitchen Table Math, the Sequel) Goldin and Katz make two largely correct diagnostic points in The Race Between Education and Technology; that the United States got a significant head start on economic development because it expanded access to … Continue reading

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Free-speech award

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced earlier this week that Alan Charles Kors, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, would receive one of four 2008 Bradley awards for his work defending students’ right of free expression. … Continue reading

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Diversity miseducation

Hans Bader at openmarket.org, the staff blog for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, has a great post, Diversity Training Backfires, identifying a number of companies that found themselves being sued after they dragooned their unwilling employees into mandatory diversity training re-education … Continue reading

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