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I think it is time

22 Mar

to reconsider education. My kids are past this stage, but if I were doing it now I would really consider home-schooling.

 
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Well,

20 Mar

yeah.

But I think it’s important here to note that the Teachers’ Union opposed these common-sense actions. The Teachers’ Unions do NOT have the best interests of the children in the forefront. They are just about money and security for the teachers.

After all, those snot-nosed kids don’t pay dues…

 
 

Look, Hillary got

12 Dec

her deal:

 
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Public schools are

27 Nov

a turd-basket. Back when I made the call, the problems were not so stark. And being in a rather Conservative area helps. Now, I might very well choose to homeschool. Teachers are often OK (it is variable), but administrators are almost always pretty hard Left. To be an administrator, in order to get along and get ahead, you have to be pretty Leftist. If you’re not, your job is seriously at risk. You certainly don’t want to be seen as Conservative. Not if you want to keep you job.

If your primary concern is your children’s education and overall well-being, homeschooling is probably the best choice. Each situation is different, but probably.

 
 

The new push by the Left

12 Sep

for Universal Preschool is nothing but stupid. True to form, it sounds on-so-noble on the surface but is in reality a steaming pile of crap. It is just another sop to another privilege group. It is pouring money down a rat hole. YOUR tax money, of course.

The research is clear: Preschool makes absolutely NO difference in terms of academic performance. And that should by no means surprise anyone who is even vaguely aware of  the scientific literature on the subject. Well, I know the scientific literature.

Hart and Risely found that children of highly-educated parents heard 30 million more words BY THE AGE OF 3 than children of poorly-educated parents. 30 million! By age 3. And kids closely matched both the syntax and vocabulary of their parents. There is just no way that a couple days of half-day preschool can make up that ground. Think about that for a moment. 30 million words. Wow.

You can really only get that with a traditional setting–a dad who is the breadwinner and a mom who stays home. Low SES parents just can’t do that. Gee, I guess there are some very good reasons for the traditional arrangement…

And the universal pre-K is not even envisioned to start until age 4. So 40 million. No wonder Head Start is so famously ineffective! So there is simply NO good reason to do this.

 
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Here’s the truth:

22 Aug

no one as a group benefits more as a group from home schooling than Black families. If we get an en masse defection of Black people from the public schools, it’s game over.

Yeah, if I were doing things over today, I would home school, for sure. My youngest is in High School and it is unfortunately too late to change anything, but it is clear to me that public school is terrible. He could do far better.

 
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Just some thoughts on student loans…

02 Jul

Hillary wants subsidies for students who go to elite universities so they can pay their student loans. That is not just a bad idea in economic terms, but it is a bad idea in theory, too.

Think about it. Let’s say you graduate from Harvard. You were bright and worked hard in high school so you got in in the first place. Then, with that degree, you got a decent job. Sure. you spent an outrageous amount of money, but you are at least in a position to eventually pay it off.

But let’s say that you were not a stellar student in high school. You got into, say, Boise State (the only requirement for admission is that you have demonstrated a pulse). BSU’s tuition is something like $17,000  or $20,000per year (even if you are an Idaho resident it is still about $7 grand a year–for undergraduate). So if you have to borrow for tuition only and you can graduate in four years and are a non-resident, that is still probably about $80 grand. In my world, that is a ton of money.

But what if you do 3 years and then drop out? Then you have $60 grand in debt and no degree. You can be a barista at Starbucks (if you are lucky). You just spent $60 grand and have nothing to show for it but student loan bills. You could have been an electrician or a plumber by now! Oh, and you would have no crushing college debt.

 
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I’m just really glad

29 May

that I didn’t continue on the University professor track I started on. I have taught at several universities, and thought I might go that direction. I didn’t and I’m very glad. I would not have easily kept my mouth shut and now even very minor infractions are leading to HUGE repercussions.

My last year I had an SJW-type complain a bit about a textbook I used. I have to admit I was a bit confused and even dumbfounded. But that was only the thin edge of the wedge. It is far worse, now. No, that is not the environment for me…

 

I am past

16 May

the point in life where I need to make a call about home-schooling for my kids. But if I were in that position now, I might well make a very different choice than I did 20 years ago.

I think the overriding issue is that you must agree with your spouse on this. Home schooling just won’t work unless both parents are on board. I think that is the main issue.

The current school system is abysmally bad. Let’s just tell the truth, here. Do you inflict that on your young kids? I think the answer is different for different people in different situations. But it is a question that now should be dealt with. It used to be that this was not really a question for mainstream people. Those days are gone.

 
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This is only

09 Mar

the thin edge of the wedge. There are a few places where there is good education for a halfway reasonable price, but that is the exception to the rule. For the most part, Bachelor’s programs are total B.S.

Now I’m NOT saying that sterling credentials get you nothing in every situation, but they are certainly no measure of competence. They may get you in the door, but that’s it. They really are a measure of your abilities in terms of admission. My oldest daughter just graduated. She had a 27 ACT and a 4.0 when she first applied. The Freshman class that year had an average ACT of 26 and a 3.75 GPA. She was featured in her high school paper as one of the top students in the school. When she left home, I told her, “Welcome to average–a place you have never yet known.” She was a bright kid, but at that level they are all bright kids.And they marry each other and have kids (though that is a post for another day).

This year a guy I know had a 26 ACT and a 3.7 GPA. He didn’t even get accepted…

Good credentials may well get you in the door, but then it is YOUR qualities and abilities that matter.  No one cares if you went to a top Ivy League school or what your degree is if you stink at the job. That’s why professional licensing is so bogus…

 
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