Posts Tagged ‘education’

Rising Antipathy To “Education” As It Proves Both Useless And Dangerous

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

If you believe everyone is equal, your mind naturally grasps the thought that people can be made into perfect citizens through “education.” This is a typical human mental convenience moment, because education does nothing of the sort; it teaches kids to use what they have, so the results depend on what they have. Education cannot make a single person smarter.

However, in order to keep the fiction of our democracy going, we have to insist that everyone goes through twelve years of daycare-slash-indoctrination camp so that they have the “facts,” most of which they will forget by the time the school year is out. Even more, we like to think that those who get high grades are the good people, because they are most of all else, obedient.

But it turns out not to be the case.

The point made by this video is that education is contrary to life. In education, there is a narrow set of solutions and memorization, obedience, conscientiousness and diligence to those rules is the answer. In life, the set of solutions is much broader, and what matters is depth of analysis and sticking to a problem to find its end, not just the plausible end as defined by those before you.

In addition, Americans are about to find out the other downside of education: since most cannot be taught, and there is not much to teach anyway since the smart kids essentially self-educate, the schools have been padding the hours with garbage for decades. The easiest garbage to teach is that which is not controversial: help the poor, support diversity, favor human rights, etc.

Smarter kids instinctively know this is filler and dodge it, at least after a decade or so. But to those who are not exceptional in any way, this gives them a cause of action. They know what is rewarded, and it is easier than real life, so they carry forth these nonsense ideas into real life. It gives them power that they would otherwise — as baristas and food service workers — never had.

Education has been a farce since it moved from the frontier classroom to the state school. Back on the frontier, learning to to read and write and do basic sums — the three Rs — was a great boon for people who otherwise would not have had the time to figure it out themselves. But that was a few hours a day, and did not last very long. Most of the great leaders of this country were “poorly educated” by modern standards.

When the state schools came around, they had to figure out a way to fill all those hours and also, how to incorporate kids who were increasingly not that bright. Education beyond the three Rs benefits those over 120 IQ points, and only those have a chance in hell of making it work out for sane ends. The rest just tag along, believe themselves educated and thus “equal” to those smarter than them, and from that, class warfare is but a step…

As usual, humans outsmart themselves by being intelligent enough to take control of their environment, but not wise enough to make it turn out better than nature does. If we left education up to the parents to fund, and returned the exorbitant property taxes they pay, the kids who needed education would get it at low cost, and everyone else would do just fine with the three Rs.

The Trained Enstupidation of The Amerikan Cathedral

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Even Carl Sagan could occasionally make a good point. He wrote The Demon-Haunted World to argue that putting logically irrefutable evidence in people’s faces every day would make them more intelligent, informed and potentially more moral.

For The Cathedral, that would be lethal. So it has a cure for any sort of enlightenment, dark, grey, pink or otherwise. They send you to some form of mandatory enstupidation training. The preferred venue for your stupidity injection is the American College or University campus. The Amerikan Mind is closed because the Amerikan Cathedral prefers it hermetically sealed.

Where does this training take place? The university. It is the mind-fvck end of the Cathedral tentacle-porn apparatus. What happens to the average student’s mental ability during four years of undergraduate indoctrination? Nothing good. Business Insider tells us the sad, sad truth. The dirty low-down.

So, does college actually makes you smarter in the end? “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” is written by two professors at NYU and UVA who conclude a definitive, “No.” They followed 2,300+ undergraduates at 24 universities and found “45 percent of these students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills—including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing—during their first two years of college.” Their overall finding coincides with the National Survey of Student Engagement, which studied 2 million students across 1,000 universities and found most spent little time studying and writing.

So why the failure? In addition to the scientific fact that education cannot raise your general intelligence or g, I can think of two possible explanations.

1) You get what you tolerate. Let the place become an Animal House, and as Senator Hollins once famously remarked: “There’s too much consumin’ goin’ on!” When they hang from the chandeliers by their knees, it could cause them to have a drinking problem. Another problem caused by excess tolerance of sub-optimal behavior is takeover by radicals.

2) You get what you attract. The Law of Attraction tells us that we will get what we ask for. The Cathedral wants docile obedience. You get that by asking for stupid. Lot’s of stupid. It’s easy to lead the easily lead. Nobody is easier to lead against their interests than the man with his head ensconced up his butthole. So when colleges and universities train brain-washed idiots, they are doing so in accordance with the Law of Attraction. The idiots are their reward.

So the system gets its brainless cogs. What do we get out of this? The societal stupidity you see every night on CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets is a direct outcome of their professional training. The Cathedral Janissaries fight the way they train. So that’s how it goes in the US public square.

Women Are Driving The Education Bubble

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

It turns out that women carry two-thirds of the student loan debt that will eventually blow up in our faces like the other bubbles:

Women carry roughly two thirds of the country’s $1.3tn student debt load – altogether that’s about $833bn for women, compared to $477bn for men. The reasons for higher debt are varied, but the trends of financial hardship reveal how the new sexism problem on campus might not be so much outright discrimination but a slow-burning crisis of eroding economic opportunity once they enter the workforce.

…On paper, the gap may seem fairly small; the average cumulative debt owed by women with bachelor’s degrees was about $20,900 in 2012 versus nearly $19,500 for men. But across all degree levels, the year-to-year financial burden is crushing: women face an estimated 14% higher debt burden in a given year than comparably educated men. So within about four years of graduating, women generally lag farther behind men on their college debt repayments.

This one is easily decoded: women work, then have babies, and then come back to work and are behind. Even more, promoting women who are going to be leaving is a bad idea, as it creates power gaps. This is why traditional societies preferred that most women focus on the family instead. Like our other debt bubbles, this one has gotten so big that even government cannot bail it out.

Piper Harron Has a Point!

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Piper Harron has a PhD in Maffs! She writes for academic journals. Piper Harron has GrrlPower!

She tells us vile cis-gendered Caucasoids to quit our jobs. Give them to queer, racial minority females. Over time, I think we should. Make Piper Harron actually have to do math and run something. It shouldn’t go any worse than having the local special needs class play one of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. But anyway, here’s her idiot screed.

Not to alarm you, but I probably want you to quit your job, or at least take a demotion. Statistically speaking, you are probably taking up room that should go to someone else. If you are a white cis man (meaning you identify as male and you were assigned male at birth) you almost certainly should resign from your position of power. That’s right, please quit. Too difficult? Well, as a first step, at least get off your hiring committee, your curriculum committee, and make sure you’re replaced by a woman of color or trans person. Don’t have any in your department? HOW SHOCKING.

She is correct. You should step away from the system. Do not work for those who systemically seek to purge you. You are their platform and fuel to their parasitism. Now you just *know* that you didn’t build that! And guess what that paragon of original thought, Barack Obama would tell you? you didn’t build that.

Fair enough. Now let’s look at what Piper Harron didn’t build. Fred Reed has a long, but not all-inclusive list. Here, this will help Piper figure out what she now needs to reinvent when we down tools, walk off, and put her in charge of maintenance.

Euclidean geometry. Parabolic geometry. Hyperbolic geometry. Projective geometry. Differential geometry. Calculus: Limits, continuity, differentiation, integration. Physical chemistry. Organic chemistry. Biochemistry. Classical mechanics. The indeterminacy principle. The wave equation. The Parthenon. The Anabasis. Air conditioning. Number theory. Romanesque architecture. Gothic architecture. Information theory. Entropy. Enthalpy. Every symphony ever written. Pierre Auguste Renoir. The twelve-tone scale. The mathematics behind it, twelfth root of two and all that. S-p hybrid bonding orbitals. The Bohr-Sommerfeld atom. The purine-pyrimidine structure of the DNA ladder. Single-sideband radio. All other radio. Dentistry. The internal-combustion engine. Turbojets. Turbofans. Doppler beam-sharpening. Penicillin. Airplanes. Surgery. The mammogram. The Pill. The condom. Polio vaccine. The integrated circuit. The computer. Football. Computational fluid dynamics. Tensors. The Constitution. Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Homer, Hesiod. Glass. Rubber. Nylon. Skyscrapers. The piano. The harpsichord. Elvis. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. (OK, that’s nerve gas, and maybe we didn’t really need it.) Silicone. The automobile. Really weird stuff, like clathrates, Buckyballs, and rotaxanes. The Bible. Bug spray. Diffie-Hellman, public-key cryptography, and RSA. Et cetera at great length.

Now why would she reinvent all these things? They are just there. They are around us. Just push out the whitey-Huwhites, march through the institutions, and you can coast on all that stuff that they supposedly didn’t build. Well, Piper, why don’t you go explain that to all Soviet Conscripts who got made to harvest potatoes under Gorbachev to prevent a massive Russian famine throughout the CCCP? Why don’t you go tell that to the Venezuelans that are losing 10 lbs a year under Socialismo? The calories don’t don’t just get burned – they get Holodomored!

All of those things that you successfully steal by yelling “You didn’t build that!” They will crash around your stupid, SJW ears in ruin. You will maintain what you steal about as well as The Ostrogoths maintained the granduer that was Rome. They didn’t. You will not succeed either.

This is why Socialism is both malignant and evil. Socialism leads to one thing. One thing only. It leads to death. God hates Socialism. He forbabe it in the commandment that he gave to Moses below.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

So yes, White Man. Resign. Move away from Piper Harron. Force her to make as many hard, complicated decisions that she is thoroughly too stupid and arrogant to ever succeed at as you possibly can. She will do the gene pool a favor, make those decisions terribly, and with any decency or luck; eradicate herself and anyone else stupid and ingenuous to rely upon her judgement for anything. Then we can busy and rebuild all that stuff we didn’t build in the first place.

Millennials Face The Doom Of A Depleted Society

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Few things illustrate the failure of American capitalism more grotesquely than the state of the country’s millennial generation. This is woefully articulated in a recent Fortune article that shows the average salary for millennials on a state-by-state basis.  

While the numbers on their own are grim — millennials in five states have an average salary of less than $20,000 — when coupled with the average student loan debt per millennial and average credit card debt per millennial they illuminate the heinous reality that many in the demographic cohort are being impoverished. And just when you think this nightmare can’t get any worse, consider that their debt doesn’t qualify them for the advantages of federal aid or low-income housing and that their student loan lenders are protected by the federal government.   
To better understand the situation, let’s first take a look at some of the numbers.  In North Carolina, the average salary for millennials is $18,899.  The average student loan debt for graduates in 2016 is $37,172.  Let’s assume a student has the average 10 year repayment plan at a 7% interest rate (the new average for 2017).  This means the student will owe $3,717.20 per year with an additional $260.20 in interest, totaling $3,977.40 in student loan debt in the first year.  When subtracted from their salary, this reduces it to $14,921.60 between salary and student loan debt.  But then consider the average millennial credit card debt of $5,808, subtract it from the difference between salary and student loan debt, and you’ll end up with $9,113.60 in that year.  The federal poverty level for the contiguous 48 states in 2017 is $12,060 per year, so if you’re a millennial in North Carolina, you’re likely not only to be poor but to be poor by a lot.

Millennials have fully submitted to defeatism.  Instead of uniting against the forces that have literally impoverished them — Sallie Mae, the baby boomer generation, the credit system, the fake news media — they continue to drink the poisons of consumerism, vanity, materialism, and mindless distractions.  Despite being forgotten by the liberal media, which still claims that that college debt is worth it despite the aforementioned statistics, they continue to allow it to distract them with identity politics and misdirect their hatred towards the imaginary monsters of fascism and upward mobility.  And instead of taking steps to administer real change, they engage in the meaningless protest moments of Occupy Wall St. and its spiritual sequel the Resistance, both of which have to date done absolutely nothing to accomplish any goals whatsoever.

American capitalism is destined to die with the millennial generation unless they begin basing their ideologies on logic instead of emotion. Only by taking viciously inhumane action (such as defunding the Medicare and social security of their parents) will they have a chance at restoring American prosperity to their children. But since they are still letting the corrupt liberal media outlets such as The Washington Post and USA Today  tell them that college is still worth walking into poverty over, it seems far more likely that their children will be waging civil war to replace the democracy that failed them.  

Credentialism Dies As Industry Realizes Education Has Become A Proxy Game

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

What is a proxy game? A proxy is any intermediate measurement used to assess candidates for wealth, power or leadership. For example, schools originally were a two-way proxy: they tested for ability through difficult problems, and for conscientiousness through assigning work that required attention span and assiduous to succeed.

Over time, however, in order to support both diversity and class equality — the core goal of the Left — schools became dumbed down, or focused less on depth of perception and more on ability to recite and apply rules and facts. This made life really easy for teachers because all they had to do was blurt out information and students would memorize all of it.

Forty years later, the bubble has popped because no one trusts educational credentials anymore:

“We used to pride ourselves on recruiting from an incredibly short list of universities, and a lot of companies in the Valley did the same thing,” said Weiner. “We’re certainly not alone. We recently conducted a little bit of research leveraging LinkedIn profiles and looked at tech workers within the valley, and only 5 percent of them came from non-traditional backgrounds.”

But in recent years, a number of well-known companies have realized that an overwhelming amount of great talent remains hidden—and that a lot of smart, talented, and passionate people are spurning traditional higher education.

…Or, as Adam Markowitz, founder of tech startup Portfolium, put it: “Potential over pedigree. Talent, grit, and passion [are] everywhere—from Ivy Leagues to community colleges, dev boot camps, and everywhere in between.”

They go on to make some poorly-qualified observations about what talent is, and what they want, basically coming up with the idea that whoever can take an idea and pound away at it is good. They are still viewing this task through a managerial filter and not a biological one.

The next step will involve choosing people by their intelligence and ability to make quality decisions, and advancing those of the herd of those who bang out repetitive tasks. Unfortunately, business has driven those people away with its mania for make-work, internal politics and demands for obedience, but as incompetence emerges from under recent subsidies, people will look toward mental competence again instead of credentials or labor by the pound.

Lysenko Teaches Math For Amerika

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Teach For Amerika thinks Western Math is dehumanizing. They have a point. Knowledge and truth are not about humanization. But then again, once you “humanize” something, you generally restrict that item to people or cultures that you legitimately consider human. So how and why does math enslave the poor humans? Treacle For Amerika explains below:

“In western mathematics, our ways of knowing include formalized reasoning or proof, decontextualization, and algorithmic thinking, leaving little room for those having non-western mathematical skills and thinking processes,” the training course claims. It continues: “Mathematical ethics recognizes that, for centuries, mathematics has been used as a dehumanizing tool… mathematics formulae also differentiate between the classifications of a war or a genocide and have been used to trick indigenous peoples out of land and property.”

Purging “inhumane” aspects out of our scientific database has a sad and dishonorable tradition in Western Culture. Other nations who have adopted more “humanized” curriculums include Germany while it Hitlarped and The Late and Unlemented CCCP. The American Thinker describes why Axis rather than Allied nations got A-bombed in WWII.

You see, Germans refused to accept any Math, Chemistry or Physics that had too large a contribution from (((The Banksters))). That pretty much knocked German Physics back to the level of The Bohr-Summerfeld Atom. Meanwhile, work by guys like (((Oppenheimer))), (((Einstein)))*, (((Berkemeier))), and I could go on all day long with many others, was vital to making the A-Bomb go Boom!. The Manhattan Project was big. A lot of very smart Jewish scientists worked on it. They helped the US military get miles ahead of Heisenberg and his compatriots in Nazi Germany. The Germans didn’t necessarily have to say “Mazel Tov!” to the Jewish scientific community to at least make intelligent use of the numerous facts they had unearthed. They were too Politically Correct to win.

The Inernational Socialists were not any better at mathing or sciencing than were the National ones. If you ever wondered why the couragious Socialist Paladins who served in the Soviet Army under Gorbachev had to go on emergency deployment to harvest the Soviet potato crop, you need to read up on the scientific consensus that grew up around the charlatanism of Trofim Lysenko.

Between 1948 and 1953, when he was the total autocrat of Soviet biology, he claimed that wheat plants raised in the appropriate environment produce seeds of rye, which is equivalent to saying that dogs living in the wild give birth to foxes. His fundamental, continuing argument was that theoretical biology must be fused with Soviet agricultural practice. After Stalin’s death, this principle caused Lysenko some embarrassment, for efforts to improve Soviet agriculture brought the abandonment of measures to which his name and fame were tied. His “grassland” system of crop rotation was abandoned in favour of cultivation with mineral fertilizers, and a hybrid corn program based on the U.S. example was pursued (Lysenko halted the program in the mid-1930s, for he was opposed to the inbreeding with which it must begin).

In essence, modern Amerikan educrats are now proponents of the worst theories of how to educate people. Social Justice Warriors never want you to learn anything that doesn’t support their dogma. As the SJW grows more dogmatic, that resembles actual ground truth less and less frequently. SJWs always double down. They will always have to exclude more and more factual information. Reality evades them. They evade reality. They cannot educate anyone. I’m not sure what Teach For Amerika thinks its accomplishing with this course, but it certainly comes closer to Soviet or Nazi indoctrination than it does to actual teaching. That happens when you are teaching STEM subjects from The Nye Quadrant and care more about “humanizing” math than teaching it as a rigorous discipline.

* — 1914 to 1932 Directed the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Germany.

Education Fails To Produce Best Information Technology Workers

Friday, May 19th, 2017

This came up on our most recent and yet still unreleased podcast: many of, if not the majority of, the superstars in information technology are not people who went through the educational system to get STEM degrees.

In the UK, at least, 41% of IT pros did not go through the formal credentialing process:

A new report from Spiceworks, entitled A Portrait of IT Workers, says 41 per cent of IT pros in the UK consider themselves “accidental” — and that they ended up in their career via a “non-traditional” route. The report, which covers areas including the career plans and education levels of IT professionals, found that a third (33 per cent) of the UK’s IT job force don’t have a college or a university degree.

This follows what we know of modern education, which is that it rewards people who are good at school — memorization and reconfiguring that information in a test environment — and not those who are good at applying the knowledge, which consists of innate ability for logical analysis partnered with real-world wisdom.

Academic Political Correctness Dies At Mizzou

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

What happens to a Cathedral if nobody goes there to pray? The precipitous decline of The Episcopal Church, USA gives us an idea. It started as a healthy Upper Middle Class faith in much of the Middle Atlantic. Recently, I couldn’t even find it on one of the nosey EEOC forms that asks none-of-your-bidness questions about your race, language and religion. It was lumped in under “Other” with the snake-handlers and Scientologists. The process follows below.

1) At first, they get more radical and attempt to preach a “Social Gospel.” This turns off some of the regular church-goers who seek other options. Like Nietzche’s Preacher in the forrest, they drone on as if someone is still listening and express a willingness to be patient until these people understand their brilliance.

2) Then they double-down. As they see fewer people in the pews, they assume they just aren’t cool enough and hip enough. ECUSA went in for the gay bishops and progressive causes. It dialed back all the boring God stuff.

3) They then denounce the people who left for leaving and accuse them of disloyalty. The people denounced then formally break with the church and attempt to establish an alternative place of worship that perseves what the original members liked while filtering out the progressivism.

4) The church then denounces the schismists as heretics and moral cretins. While meanwhile, their coolness descends into ridiculous self-destruction.

5) The organization dies for all intents and purposes and is forgotten by almost all.

Could a similar five-step Doom-Cycle overtake the Moldbuggian Cathedral of Leftist control? Perhaps the Post-BLM fate of Missouri University gives us a possible test-case.

1) Missouri University catered to the #BLM student radicals. The University President resigned to appease the student demonstrators.

2) Mizzou saw its enrollment drop by 900 freshmen the next year and began to accelerate a plan to close old dormitories, since they wouldn’t have residents. The University has signed a temporary acting chancellor to replace the one who took an opportunity to go elsewhere and escape. They are quietly, very quietly, interviewing replacements. Meanwhile, their Freshman enrollment continues to decline.

For the Academic Cathedral to start following the dying religions down, they would have to lose their credentialization monopoly. We see that happening with online universities, code bootcamps and other sorts of alternative ways to professionally credentialize rising in popularity.

The step that would knock the Cathedral off its pedestal would be for major employers outside of the government to start prefering the alternate professional credentials to the university diploma. Once that occurs, people actually incur economic disadvantages* from kow-towing to the academic end of the cathedral.

Hence, the Academic bastions of political correctness are increasingly seeking remedies to this sort of thing. They want load debt forgiven and college to be free. They vituperate and demean for profit colleges and alternate certification routes. This is to preserve their monopoly on social acceptability and better renumerated employment. This is the cornerstone of their power. This is what keeps them from being obliterated for kow-towing to the whack-jobs. Blow this basis up, and declines in enrollment can occur at any university that goes full SJW. At that point, one of the three fundamental foundations of The Cathedral is eroded and destroyed.

* — Beyond ridiculous loan debts.

Why The Left Cheers When The Right Urges Removal Of The Humanities

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Any time the opposition is silent when the Right proposes something, beware: you are doing their work for them.

Recently it has been trendy to argue that the Humanities and Liberal Arts programs in our universities are infested with Leftist groupthink, so it is time to remove them and focus on STEM.

This is a terrible idea for two significant reasons: we need the Humanities, and the STEM boom is ending.

These are hard times. Students need jobs when they graduate. But a singular opportunity has been lost if they are denied the opportunity to study foreign languages, the classics, literature, philosophy, music, theater and art. When else in their busy lives will they get that chance?

Eloquent defenses of the humanities have appeared – essays explaining why we need these subjects, what their loss would mean. Those of us who teach and study are aware of what these areas of learning provide: the ability to think critically and independently; to tolerate ambiguity; to see both sides of an issue; to look beneath the surface of what we are being told; to appreciate the ways in which language can help us understand one another more clearly and profoundly – or, alternately, how language can conceal and misrepresent. They help us learn how to think, and they equip us to live in – to sustain – a democracy.

Studying the classics and philosophy teaches students where we come from, and how our modes of reasoning have evolved over time.

We want students reading Plato and Jane Austen; we want students who are aware of history, and who are competent with language. The Left infests things and then we destroy them, and so the Left wins because another vital institution that supports clear thinking is gone. The solution is far simpler: remove Leftists from the universities.

That can be done more easily than people think. Leftists gained control by positioning themselves in roles where they had the power to determine who was hired or fired, and they busily stacked the rolls with Leftists. To end that, make college more competitive. If we remove government loans and grants, and by doing so end the artificial inflation of college degrees, the Left will lose ground.

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