Take on the 800-lb Gorilla

Source: US workforce: paying young Americans to learn the right skills I made the following comment. Someone has to take on the 800 lb gorilla.  I have seen it in action up close and Bill Gross has pointed out that it really is an 800 lb gorilla.  Here’s Bill Gross. “…To radically change the system…would […]

“America’s Broken Democracy” by Jeffrey D. Sachs Misses the Main Point: Money Can’t Trick Education, at Least Not So Easily

Source: America’s Broken Democracy by Jeffrey D. Sachs – Project Syndicate Here is the comment that I posted. Thomas Jefferson saw clearly how to prevent the system being overcome by what he called “kings, priests and nobles”. Here is what he wrote. “…Preach…a crusade against ignorance…improve the law for educating the common people. Let our […]

“Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs” (NYT) But Here is Why, and They Shouldn’t

Source: Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs – The New York Times I wrote why, at least in my opinion> The keyword is “SKILLS”, as in “If you worked in Detroit for 10 years, you don’t have the skills to go into health care..” (quoting Prof. Acemoglu) I don’t believe that […]

Very Important Elucidating New Data

At some expensive colleges, the salaries of students 10 years after enrollment are bleak, and there is an earnings gender gap at every top university. Source: Gaps in Alumni Earnings Stand Out in Release of College Data – The New York Times I commented on the article, but I will be posting more comments about […]

“How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge – The New York Times” Sure, But Who Can Teach It?

High-stakes testing isn’t the only problem, and it’s time for schools to change their approach. Source: How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge – The New York Times My view: This cannot be stated enough: The reason K-12 is so bad is because college is so bad. I know this. […]

‘Opt Out’? (Part II) It’s Going to Cost Them

A small, if vocal, movement urging parents to have their children sit out standardized exams took off this year, maturing from scattered displays of disobedience into a widespread rebuke. Source: ‘Opt Out’ Becomes Anti-Test Rallying Cry in New York State – NYTimes.com I commented further. Don’t test? Then, according to Harvard professor, and MacArthur Fellow, […]

“‘Opt Out’ Becomes Anti-Test Rallying Cry in New York State” – I Don’t Agree But OK If They Opt-In for Colleges

A small, if vocal, movement urging parents to have their children sit out standardized exams took off this year, maturing from scattered displays of disobedience into a widespread rebuke. Source: ‘Opt Out’ Becomes Anti-Test Rallying Cry in New York State – NYTimes.com I commented. Though, as a former math professor, I don’t agree with the […]

Teacher recruitment: High-fliers in the classroom | The Economist

Teacher recruitment: High-fliers in the classroom | The Economist.   My comment: I’m a former math professor and have seen how the corrupted American system of higher education has caused so much of high school education to be a sham. That’s right, higher ed dumbs down lower ed. Here is one important way. For decades, […]

If We Don’t Test Students, How Will We Know Which Colleges Don’t Teach?

Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evals – The Washington Post. I commented. I’m a former math professor. I have seen firsthand why so many high school students don’t have a chance to learn. It all starts in college. Here is how it happens, what to do about it, why […]