Category Archives: Education

6 Years to Get a 4 Year Degree in Leisure Studies

College Is a Joke A Brigham Young University economist was wondering why 6-year graduation rates at 4-year universities had been rising recently. He discovered in a roundabout way that colleges have been “dumbing down” their departments and their degrees. If … Continue reading

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Dirty Little Secret Revealed by US SAT Scores

Some Groups are Over-Represented in Higher Education Identity politics is making a mockery out of higher education. Many are admitted to elite colleges who cannot be taught, and others who should be admitted are being discriminated against because of their … Continue reading

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Every Day of Homeschooling is a Day Without a Utopian Socialist Indoctrination

The Overqualified Homeschooler A recent story making the rounds suggests that homeschoolers can be overqualified for many of the high-skilled, highly paid jobs which employers find it difficult to fill. My son, Spencer, decided to apply for the High Voltage … Continue reading

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Scholastic Aptitude: Can Blacks Ever Rise to Equal Others?

The Scholastic Aptitude Test has for decades shown a stark gap between scores by black students and scores of other ethnic and racial groups. No matter what is done, nothing seems to help to even the score. Will blacks ever … Continue reading

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Higher Education Cannot Go On Like This

Higher education needs to change, and falling enrollments are beginning to make that clearer to key players in the collegiate milieu. __ Richard Vedder Colleges are being forced into closure at increasingly rapid rates. The reasons are many, and vary … Continue reading

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Can Social Justice Build an Abundant and Expansive Future?

Here at Al Fin, we often describe “an abundant and expansive human future,” sometimes referred to as The Next Level. “The Next Level” is a prosperous and open-ended future which will be created by “next level humans.” “Next level humans” … Continue reading

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Universities: Destroying Lives for Ideology and Profit

Student loan debt has grown to overwhelm all other categories of non-housing consumer debt in this nation. __ Source The general public is slowly becoming aware that colleges and universities are destroying young lives. Corrupt university officials are raking in … Continue reading

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First Educate the Child to Thrive in the World

Then if He Wants More Schooling, He Can Pay for It An education into broad personal competence has nothing to do with a college education. College is “schooling,” and most modern degrees in the US are less valuable than a … Continue reading

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Forest Schools and The Dangerous Child

The following article is cross-posted in adapted form. It was originally published on The Dangerous Child blog. Liberating children from the tyranny of classroom indoctrination and institutional groupthink should begin early. The “forest school movement” and the “forest kindergarten movement” … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life is Making Waves

All children should be trained along the lines of Peterson’s 12 rules, but Dangerous Children in particular. This valuable book unlocks a treasure trove of deep learning and insight which required Peterson decades of study and struggle to uncover and … Continue reading

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What’s College Good For?

Barely more than half of all college students graduate within 6 years with a bachelor’s degree. Most of the rest never graduate. Imagine going to school for 6 + years and never graduating. Imagine the debt you can build up, … Continue reading

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Safe Spaces for Snowflakes are Melting

Fantasy Landscape of Higher Education Doomed The U.S. Department of Education and Moody’s Investors Service project that in the coming years, closure rates of small colleges and universities will triple, and mergers will double. __ Source And why not close … Continue reading

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What Kind of Pathetic Wimps are We Raising?

When we raise kids unaccustomed to facing anything on their own, including risk, failure, and hurt feelings, our society and even our economy are threatened. Yet modern child-rearing practices and laws seem all but designed to cultivate this lack of … Continue reading

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Can Millenials Be Saved from Themselves?

Message to Millenials University of Toronto professor and licensed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, wants to help the lost generation of millenials — and subsequent generations. Peterson wants to accomplish this by a two-pronged strategy: By starving the corrupt politically correct … Continue reading

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Arthur Robinson PhD: A Competent Man

A Portrait of Competence Art Robinson received a BS in Chemistry from Cal Tech — where he was a student of Linus Pauling — and a PhD in Chemistry from UCSD, where he taught chemistry for a few years before … Continue reading

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The Teacher’s Job is to Prevent Students from Learning

Schools today are based on the underlying assumption that students should learn answers. This commonsensical assumption is wrong. Students should instead learn how to ask questions and pursue their own answers. __ Roger Schank Children begin learning while in the … Continue reading

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Slay the Monsters, Save the Future: Part I

Modern societies are dying from within, being choked to death by monstrous institutional entities of their own making. The particular monster of today’s discussion is the university, a corrupt bastion of ideological indoctrination, massive misallocation of funds into the $trillions, … Continue reading

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How Reality is Like a Circle, and Not Politically Correct

Reality as it is incorporated into the brain is neither tame nor sequential. It is cyclical and wild. The sooner we learn to equip our young to deal with the evolving world as it is — rather than an idealised … Continue reading

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Why College Students & Recent Grads Can’t Think

Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging . From a report: At more than half of … Continue reading

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Is “Image” Really Everything?

Note: In an age when most of mainstream international media is united in prosecuting an “image war” against an unconventional but accomplished US president — using unnamed sources, innuendo, and all the weapons of propaganda — we must remember the … Continue reading

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The Great University Rip-Off

College is a place where young people go to binge, fornicate, receive an academic lobotomy, and become burdened by insurmountable debt — all in the quest for increasingly worthless diplomas. __ Al Fin Wage Advantage from College Diploma Shrinking Wages … Continue reading

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BASIS Charter Schools Outperform: A Standout Educational Alternative

BASIS.ed students consistently rank among the top in the world in critical thinking and problem solving in math, reading, and science. A BASIS.ed education is a blend of the rigorous standards seen around the world plus the ingenuity and creativity … Continue reading

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Alternative Approach to High School: The University Model

Note: Most of this posting is based on an earlier blog posting by Bruce Hall High Schools Too Often Are Used as Daycare Facilities for Overgrown Children The educational system in the US is geared to produce lifelong adolescents, possessing … Continue reading

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Good Science Has Nothing to Do With University Degrees

The Slowing of Scientific Discovery The “Science Establishment” is spitting out PhDs, journal articles, and scientific data at record levels. But something happened along the way to our sci-tech utopia. Has scientific progress actually slowed in recent decades, despite a … Continue reading

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College: Are You Just Wasting Your Time?

Not All Degrees are Created Equal Some degrees allow students to pay back their college loans rather quickly. But more than half of modern four year degrees leave graduates competent to do little more than flip burgers, wait tables, or … Continue reading

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