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Today: Mon, April 20 2015  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
20 April 2015
Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces: The Campus Counter-Revolution
by Thomas L. Knapp
 sub-topic» General

If there’s a defining difference in this creeping (and creepy) new campus conservatism with its trigger warnings, safe spaces, and demands that scary, challenging speakers be un-invited to address students, it’s not the speed with which new social norms (particularly those relating to sexual mores, sexual orientation and gender identification) are adopted, but the speed with which the new norms are deemed sacred, no longer up for debate or discussion.

This is the conservatism of China’s Cultural Revolution; western college activists are its Red Guards. They are not the crowd storming the Bastille. They are the crowd cheering around the guillotine. Their demand that society accept the social changes of the last few decades as set in stone and immune to challenge is fundamentally reactionary.

08 February 2015
Wanted: Uber-ized Education
by Jason Bedrick and Lindsey Burke
 sub-topic» General

Public education currently operates far more like a monopoly than a market. In response to Uber, wise government officials like those in Portsmouth, New Hampshire are eliminating outdated regulations like taxi medallions and price controls. If we want to see more innovative educational options that benefit both consumers and providers, such as teacher-led schools, then we must also liberate learning.

01 February 2015
3 Myths About Homeschooling
by Anne Butcher
 sub-topic» General

I have no doubt that a homeschooled student can be just as successful, if not more successful, than the average public school student. I like to think I’m one of them. This isn’t to say that I’m the living embodiment of what every homeschooled student is or should be, but it is to say that I’m an individual and this way of life did wonderful things for me. I know it’s doing wonderful things for others too. Increased regulation could potentially take this option away, and while it may be an overgeneralization to say it should be completely unregulated, we need to at least make sure our regulations based on fact, not fiction.

31 January 2015
"School Choice" is a Stopgap Measure for the Ruling Class
by Thomas L. Knapp
 sub-topic» General

At the end of the day, “school choice” isn’t the solution. It’s yet another way of avoiding the solution. Homeschooling and non-government cooperative community schools are a start; if the goal is real, meaningful education for a free people, the solution is eventual complete separation of school (and everything else!) and state. Anything less is a dodge and a scam.

30 December 2014
Gruber Thinking in Climate Science: Disconnect Between Academia and the Real World - Part 2
by Tim Ball
 sub-topic» General

It is time to close most universities, or better still convert them to trade training. If society really wants more equity and an education that meets its needs, then society must consider a tradesperson of more value than an economist or most other university graduates. Most societies, that the academics would call “primitive”, prepare their children for the real world. For the most part, we don’t.

29 December 2014
Gruber Thinking in Climate Science: Disconnect Between Academia and the Real World - Part 1
by Tim Ball
 sub-topic» General

Universities abhor the demand for relevance and accountability. Look at the cover-ups they participated in with regard to information exposed by the leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU). What they fear is exposure to the real world of how little is actually going on. Most of what they do is perpetuate the secrecy and thus maintain their unique and bizarre world.

24 October 2014
Hands Off Our History
by Lucas Lostoski
 sub-topic» General

Never mind that all the things Carson criticizes about the course are true. We did enslave an entire section of our population for nearly 100 years. Then after slavery’s demise, we withheld the vote from that same section of the population for another century, and still today, place this same group in prison at an exorbitant and disproportional rate. I suppose Ben Carson feels like the plight of African-Americans isn’t worth mentioning.

We also did place citizens in overcrowded concentration camps reinforced by barbed wire and military personnel. That is objectively true. Their only crime was that their skin resembled that of our non-white enemy. I guess Carson feels like children shouldn’t learn about this because if they did, they might not trust their benevolent government.

06 August 2014
A Word on Teachers
by Keir Martland
 sub-topic» General

We, the students of Britain, must find our own way. Perhaps we could adopt the technique of the American ‘New Left’ and suddenly, in the middle of a lesson, shout “Jailbreak!” and run outside. That would help to illustrate at least one side of the issue: the prison-like nature of modern state schools. But what do we do to show the good sirs and misses that their services are no longer required and that, so far as work ethic is concerned, they are bottom of the class? I suggest a Dunce hat for every prison officer in your establishment. If not as sensible, the other methods may be more fun.

05 May 2014
Education and Equality
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

So long as the structural distribution of political and economic power in the outside society remains unequal, the belief that educational attainment is a great equalizer reflects a fallacy of composition. Given a society based on centralized institutions with managerial hierarchies, the total need for people in managerial positions will always amount to a small minority of society. There can be only a limited number of pharaohs; giving everyone a first-class education just increases the number of college-educated people treading straw and mud into bricks or dragging granite blocks.

01 May 2014
On Academia
by Scottish Sceptic
 sub-topic» General

For years, academics have been able to portray themselves as “the highest of standards” and “the best experts” … because no INSTITUTIONAL newspaper was going to criticise another INSTITUTIONAL university based on the say so of some individuals like us skeptics.

However, now their dirty laundry can be openly discussed by us here … and no journalist, no university and certainly no government can stop us revealing the appalling standards which are endemic in some areas of academia.

27 February 2014
A Way to Prove We're All Born Libertarian
by Paul Rosenberg
 sub-topic» General

My hypothesis is that most of us are born as natural libertarians – having a built-in bias toward liberty.

And I have a clean way of testing this idea: Go to pre-teens, in a neutral setting, and ask them a very simple question:

Shouldn’t you be allowed to do anything you want, as long as you don’t hurt anyone?

01 September 2013
Prison, Plantation and Indoctrination Center
by Skyler J. Collins
 sub-topic» General

When you consider how we were programmed by hundreds of thousands of years of evolution to learn and gain knowledge about the world, ie. education, it's rather asinine to put children in school. Everything about school is antithetical to human nature. Like prison, school keeps children locked up and their activities regimented. Like a slave-worked plantation, school makes children labor away at tasks assigned by others. Like an indoctrination center, schools tell children what they must think, the knowledge that they must have and memorize in order to regurgitate later so that they can be evaluated, or in other words have their worth as a human being determined, and that they shouldn't think too critically about the facts or processes that are being poured into their minds.

07 April 2013
No Matter What You Hear About It, Unschooling is Not All Unicorns and Rainbows
by Breezy V. Stephens
 sub-topic» General

We have, as a species, mostly strayed quite a distance from human evolutionary needs when it comes to childrearing, often with some very troubling results. Some of us, having watched our infants become toddlers and our toddlers become young children, and witnessing the amazing power of small people to explore and learn about our world, find that as 'school age' approaches, we have very grave doubts about the necessity of packing kids off to an institution to spend their days being told what to learn, when, and how. Some of those, who just can't quite comprehend what magic occurs at the age of five and turns kids from high adventurers, apparently quite suddenly, into apathetic layabouts who must be forced continue their explorations, decide that we will try to find a more suitable way for our children to grow to adulthood.

27 February 2013
Let's Get Excited about Learning Again
by Gregory V. Diehl
 sub-topic» General

So let’s forget arbitrary normality. “Normal” changes with each passing generation. When people stop learning, they work only to preserve the way they were once trained to do things and see the world. Read new books. Watch a documentary on something totally outside your awareness. Explore different tastes in media. Listen to a unique podcast. Play a video game. Listen to a new piece or new style of music. Travel! Associate with interesting strangers. Start using your body and moving in different ways. The body has to be taught through repetition and motion, and it has been amply shown that brain health is directly linked to precision use of the hands and overall bodily exertion.

05 February 2013
Schools as Black-Holes
by Butler Shaffer
 sub-topic» General

In the course of this institution-serving system of training, young minds must be inoculated against exposure to ideas that engender the kinds of inquiries, speculations, and discoveries that tend to a more individualized sense of being and purpose in life. Therein lies the breeding ground for understanding, and it is such existential awareness that must be kept out of the human psyche. Like black holes – whose gravitational forces prevent the emergence of any light – most schools work to suck understanding out of the minds of their students, a function whose successes are reflected in the confusions, conflicts, and contradictions of our world.

01 August 2012
A vision of the liberal ideal in edication
by James Stansfield
 sub-topic» General

A campaign for freedom in education would be based on the principle that it is parents and not politicians who are ultimately responsible for their children’s education - a responsibility which can only be carried out if parents are free to choose the nature, form and content of education which their children receive. Parental choice or freedom in education therefore is not desirable simply because it may help to improve the efficiency of failing government schools. Nor is parental choice in education simply the latest policy reform that will go out of fashion in a few years’ time. Instead, it is important for the same reasons that religious freedom or freedom of the press are important - because they are both recognised as basic human rights or fundamental freedoms, which deserve to be respected and protected at all costs.

23 June 2012
Political Science as an Academic Death Cult
by Bill Buppert
 sub-topic» General

Political Science is no more a science than sociology or psychology and the other “social[ist] science” disciplines mired in hard science envy for certitude and empiricism. Every university should have an altar and evening entrails reading at government erected Trofim Lysenko Memorials to add some magic and mystery to their undertakings. Political science is the military wing of Lysenkoism. It is a vast raft of intellectual rationalization for initiated force and violence against individuals and huge swaths of humans to make them obey the fever-dreams of collectivism that fire the minds of political scientists everywhere. As Professor Rummel, one of the few anti-violence political science practitioners on earth has pointed out, democide or death by government has murdered hundreds of millions of humans outside warfare in the twentieth century alone.