Category Archives: Education

UK Shrugs Off Chinese Coronavirus

At one stage whole intensive care units were full of Covid-19 patients, many of them on ventilators for several weeks. Again, thankfully, the numbers on ventilators have continued to fall, from 3,300 to 64. There are many ways of counting … Continue reading

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A Gem of a Physics Video

I have been enjoying the “Nuclear Physics Explained” video course lately. While scanning YouTube for some supplementary nuclear physics videos I ran across the one above, and was impressed with its visual explanatory power. We have barely scratched the surface … Continue reading

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An Ambitious and Diabolical Plan

UPDATE: True to form, YouTube has censored the video originally posted just below on multiple channels, for “hate speech.” The documentary is called ShadowGate. Trailer and more information here. The ShadowGate documentary should remain available online at this site The … Continue reading

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Kids, Coronavirus, and School

The Wuhan coronavirus will be around for a long time. Custom made to easily infect humans — and to have a deadly SARS effect on susceptible (older) people — in specific populations it is both highly communicable and potentially fatal. … Continue reading

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Are Humans Losing their Grip on Complex Thinking?

We are animals that specialize in thinking and knowing—in cognition—and our extraordinary cognitive powers have enabled us to do remarkable things. We have transformed our eating habits with agriculture and cooking, and transformed our habitats with buildings, bridges and roads. … Continue reading

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Snowflakes Without Minds, Are They Even Human?

Definition of Generation Snowflake: The group of young people today that have the INSANE belief they have the right to NOT be offended by any of the beliefs/viewpoints of the other 7.1 billion people of this planet. When these fragile/infantile … Continue reading

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Say Good-Bye: Universities are Diseased, and Dying

Say Good-Bye to Your College Dreams and Delusions College Isn’t College Anymore: … the coronavirus is forcing people to take a hard look at that $51,000 tuition they’re spending. Even wealthy people just can’t swallow the jagged pill of tuition … Continue reading

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Homeschool in the Age of Wuhan CoV-19: A New Dawn?

We Are All Homeschoolers Now When politicians decided to shut the schools, they inadvertently opened the eyes of parents and students to the brave new world of homeschooling. Kids go to school for six-plus hours a day, but a lot … Continue reading

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A Distant World: A Pandemic of Virtuality

Our closely packed cities are custom-made for spreading infectious diseases. Masses of people rubbing shoulders on sidewalks, packed like sardines in subways, clustered around conference tables sharing respiratory droplets, shaking dozens of hands a day, making those face to face … Continue reading

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Very Cute; But Can they Think?

Only 9% of OECD Youth Can Interpret What They Read They are cute. They have lots of self esteem. But they can’t read a complex narrative and interpret the ideas. They cannot “distinguish between fact and opinion.” In the US, … Continue reading

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Full Employment to Graduates from this Trade School

“With its old-timey rituals, rigorous scheduling, and immersive culture, Williamson has a military-school feel.” But according to the students she interviewed, the prospect of a good-paying career makes the strict rules more than worth it. __ Source “Full Employment” and … Continue reading

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Schools are Hell on Boys

Girls read more books. They outperform boys on tests for artistic and musical ability. More girls than boys study abroad. More join the Peace Corps. At the same time, more boys than girls are suspended from school. More are held … Continue reading

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Between 25% and 50% of Colleges Will Fail in Next 20 Years

Michael Horn is an expert on education who predicts that 25% of US colleges will fail within the next 20 years. Personally I think the number will be closer to 50%, if you include mergers as a failure of individual … Continue reading

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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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