Cowards in the Academic Trenches

My Marxist colleagues are not true revolutionaries. They are cowards in a civil war of their own creation. And they are poisoning the academic climate with their toxic and highly contagious intellectual cowardice. Each one of them should be dishonorably discharged for the crime of academic malpractice.
– Mike Adams

https://townhall.com/columnists/mikeadams/2017/11/17/cowards-in-the-academic-trenches-n2410510

Unfree education

Creating government schools violates basic principles of economics. First, it violates the notion of consumer sovereignty. Parents are told where their children are to go to school, what the curriculum will be, how many days the child must attend school each year, and which holidays will be observed. The unit of society patronized by government is the school, not the consumers of education. Schooling may be “free” but parents are not free to choose.
– Randy Simmons, Beyond Politics

Rachel Carson, Mother of Death

On Jan. 24, 2017, PBS aired a two-hour special on Rachel Carson, the mother of the environmental movement. Although the program crossed the line from biography to hagiography, in Carson’s case, the unbridled praise was well deserved – with one exception.

Millions Died Thanks to the Mother of Environmentalism

Prepackaged opinions

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“The viewer of television, the listener to radio, the reader of magazines, is presented with a whole complex of elements— all the way from ingenious rhetoric to carefully selected data and statistics— to make it easy for him to “make up his own mind ” with the minimum of difficulty and effort. But the packaging is often done so effectively that the viewer, listener, or reader does not make up his own mind at all. Instead, he inserts a packaged opinion into his mind, somewhat like inserting a cassette into a cassette player. He then pushes a button and “plays back” the opinion whenever it seems appropriate to do so. He has performed acceptably without having had to think.”

“How to Read a Book” by Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler

Another thought on the Million students

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If my child was participating in the #MillionStudentMarch, my child would need to know that he had already chosen to be financially independent. I will not foot the bill for a child of mine to be a socialist fool in public.

PBS: Teacher’s union endorses Clinton

PBS: Teacher’s union endorses Clinton. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwu5OJlSA

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. It’s the first major labor union to make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The president of the union, Randi Weingarten, says in a statement Saturday that Clinton is the “champion working families need in the White House.”

Liars who endorse liars. Nice. Birds of a feather need to stick together.

Teachers unions are about power and money – never about education. Power like that can only come through state enforced monopoly. Monopoly is what teachers unions need Democratic Socialists like Hillary Clinton for.

Books Read

In 2008 I started keeping a list of books that I have read. I wish I had started sooner. I’m very happy that I did not wait longer. 2014 was my best reading year ever. I did “cheat” a little by recording every book of the Bible separately, but I have no regret on that score. I hope that 2015 is as good.

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James Tooley on Private Schools for the Poor and the Beautiful Tree – EconTalk

Podcast:
James Tooley on Private Schools for the Poor and the Beautiful Tree EconTalk

URL:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Tooleyschools.mp3

Description:
James Tooley, Professor of Education at Newcastle University, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about low-cost for-profit private schools in the slums and rural areas of poor countries. Tooley shows how surprisingly widespread private schools are for the poor and how effective they are relative to public schools where teacher attendance and performance can be very disappointing. The conversation closes with whether public schooling should remain the ideal in poor countries.

More on the Answers in Genesis 4th grade dinosaur quiz « The GeoChristian

The battle against bad apologetics never ends

Last week I wrote about A 4th grade quiz on dinosaurs that the teacher would have given me an “F” on. A Christian school in South Carolina had used an Answers in Genesis quiz entitled “Dinosaurs, Genesis and the Gospel,” and the atheist and skeptic blogs were abuzz about how goofy this quiz was in their eyes.

I posted my answers to the quiz in last week’s post, and tried to grade it as a young-Earth creationist would have graded it. My grade was an “F.” Continue reading

The Constructive Curmudgeon: Smart

How to get smarter:

1. Make and listen to distinctions such as “all,” “some,” “most,” “always,” “never,” and others. This keeps you from noetic nuttiness.

2. Realize that ideas have logical implications. They do not stand alone.

3. Know that a true statement must agree with every other true statement. Continue reading

15 Reasons We Should be Teaching Logic in Schools

[I just had to copy the post wholesale. It was too good to not share!]

Why We Need Logic in Schools, Ken Samples

Logic, the science of evaluating arguments, helps order the mind and enhances reasoning abilities. Thus, a logically oriented mind is better prepared to discern truth. The following 15 quotes are a sample of actual statements I’ve heard from students throughout my 20+ years of teaching at the college level. Many of the statements are funny but they also demonstrate the need we all have to order our thinking by studying logic rigorously. As a professor, I greatly enjoy helping my students grow in their understanding of logic, especially as it applies to the big questions of life. My hope is that when students leave my class, they’ll leave with better means of supporting their ideas and perspectives.

  1. “I hate to say it, but the truth is that there is no truth.”
  2. “All truths are half-truths.”
  3. “I’m certain you can never know anything for certain.” Continue reading