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misspelling plague

Why did misspelling “HUGE” become popular? It is not like the word is difficult. Nor is HUGE among the thousands of English Language words where the spelling makes no sense. It isn’t even a big, complicated word. But I see these annoying headlines and comments in many diverse spaces. It just makes me cringe. So I’ll put it in one more place. Ick. Here’s a yuuuge wage gap Trump ought to close Source: Investors Business Daily I do with it the same as I do with other gross misspellings: Pronounce them as written. X mass – shoppeeee – yewdge. The feely-huggy marshmallows leading classrooms full of mold-able clay have decided that correctly writing the language of this country is too […]

news nibbles

I am putting together a handful of news stories that do not warrant their own page here. First is an interesting story of major predators becoming prey. Making it into the financial top 1% is typically a measure of one’s ruthlessness more than any other single attribute. Genius is rarely involved. The Theranos scheme clearly demonstrates that. Attending an institution like Stanford University is not an option for the lower classes like middle and below. The Elizabeth Holmes story starts with her dropping out of her second year there. While the one-percenters might otherwise respect and embrace her crafty immorality, it probably doesn’t go well that she preyed on them rather than the lower 99%-ers. But gol-dang she put on […]

Why Unschoolers Grow Up to Be Entrepreneurs

The fascinating link between unschooling and entrepreneurship by Kerry McDonald from Foundation for Economic Education Almost by definition, entrepreneurs are creative thinkers and experimental doers. They reject the status quo and devise new approaches and better inventions. They are risk-takers and dreamers, valuing ingenuity over convention. They get things done. It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that many unschoolers become entrepreneurs. Able to grow up free from a coercive classroom or traditional school-at-home environment, unschoolers nurture interests and passions that may sprout into full-fledged careers. Their creativity and curiosity remain intact, uncorrupted by a mass education system intent on order and conformity. Their energy and exuberance, while a liability in school, are supported with unschooling, fostering the stamina necessary to […]

quotations regarding education

Men had better be without education than be educated by their rulers; for their education is but the mere breaking in of the steer to the yoke; the mere discipline of the hunting dog, which, by dint of severity, is made to forego the strongest impulse of his nature, and instead of devouring his prey, to hasten with it to the feet of his master. — Thomas Hodgskin   “I don’t want my children fed or clothed by the state, but if I had to choose, I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.” – Max Victor Belz   “[Schools:] vast factories for the manufacture of robots.” – Robert Lindner (1914-1956)   “[T]he result desired by the state […]

elevating intellectual inferiors

Another Woodpile Report was published Tuesday. As usual, it is a good one… always worth reading top-to-bottom. I don’t know how to share his view of the crumbling university edifice other than reprint that whole section here. Increasingly, the best and brightest are shunning the vaunted college education that for nearly a century was purported to be “The Way To Get Ahead”. The only certainties in “secondary education” are huge expenditures of time and money – and in most cases a debt that holds the graduate in a very real modern slavery. While the upper tier jobs in parasitic bureaucratic organizations will require dumbed-down degrees, the real world of productivity and creativity will be looking elsewhere for talent. I will […]

news soup

I am cleaning up my collection of links to articles that merited further reading, research and/or sharing. My link list, and my ToDo list were both getting too long. Thus you get to see what has been in my peripheral vision for days, or weeks … all in the raw … and in no particular order. Aha. I am sharing my disorder that I may have more clarity. Why I Quit TeachingBy David Solway … For one thing, administration had come to deal less with academic issues and more with rules of conduct and punitive codes of behavior, as if it were a policing body rather than an arm of the teaching profession… … For another, colleagues were increasingly buying […]

school is out forever

A few days ago I published the video of my 2006 gubernatorial debate, primarily because in it I discussed my proposal to allow tax deductions for scholarships to schools chosen by parents and students. For me that plan would be a huge step in the right direction treating growing, exploring, individuals as that, rather than cogs to be forged by a government monolith. That article and debate video are here: 2006 Idaho governor candidate debate Today my FEE newsletter arived with two links to great articles on education. I share excerpts and links with you. ——————————-   What Happens When You Ask Unschoolers “What They Want to Be When They Grow Up” “Real life” isn’t something to be postponed. by […]

2006 Idaho governor candidate debate

Seeing Ron Paul championing my main 2006 campaign theme a decade later inspired me to look for this video. I couldn’t find it at the PBS website, so I uploaded a copy I had saved years ago. Debating in front of television cameras live to a state-wide audience was a terrifying to do, but probably the best performance of my political career. My biggest campaign theme was liberal tax credits for scholarships to private schools equal to a maximum of half what taxpayers spend on government schools. We would save money while liberating education. It was a good idea then. It still is.