Vietnam’s Ministry of Health

In an animated music video from an unlikely source, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health may have unwittingly delivered the epidemic’s anthem — a catchy three-minute tune that sounds like it belongs on Top 40 rotation reminding citizens to wash their hands vigorously, avoid touching their faces and stay clear of crowded places.

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Online Learning Would Be Ideal–For a Few

Recently, conservatives have expressed hopes that the switch to remote learning during the time of crisis will lead to major school reform, to models that will decrease our dependence on federally funded schools. If online education approaches are improved and refined during this time of transition for schools, I wouldn’t argue against that. However, I don’t believe that this temporary switch should revolutionize the way we do education in the United States.

Students who are advanced and ready for this model will do well. However, our typical student who is struggling with literacy and other crucial academic skills will fall further behind. For example, many students have difficulty reading and/or understanding what they are reading, even in the upper grades. Their difficulties can be traced to either a lack of knowledge, lack of phonics instruction with decoding practice, or both. Technology can be a great tool to help with individualized skill practice and immediate feedback for these students; however, they will suffer from a lack of in-person instruction.... [Read More]

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They Couldn’t Have Done (Any) of It Without Us.

Here is an interesting story – about our good ole Harvard, the pinnacle of American education (if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you).

This is not a unique situation. I believe it is repeated all over “academia”, who basically hate this nation, while living off the fat of it so well. AND I’m betting the DOJ has something on Harvard but has used this as a bargaining chip to advance some other need they have. It is too incredible for Harvard not to have known that these hyjinks were going on. ?Who on this earth isn’t aware of Chinese infiltration and wouldn’t have been suspicious of this cur.

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Another One Bites the Dust

Bo Winegard, an academic in the field of psychology including human biodiversity (hbd), was recently fired from his tenure-track post at a small college in Ohio. He’s quite junior: only two years out of school. This article is the kind of thing that got him fired, though the proximate cause was probably a talk he gave at the University of Alabama that resulted in complaints and generally poor student behavior.

Poor Prof. Winegard details how he stepped on a rake in the modern, politically-correct academy in an article in the latest Quillette. He complains... [Read More]

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A Cultural Turning Point- Thanks Coronavirus

I am sitting here at home in southwest Washington State, run by a hack governor and silly politicians tempered by the need to keep actual industry working, and backed by a fairly efficient set of state bureaucracies. (It seems states without income taxes seem to run their state departments with a lot more efficiency than the ones with a large money flow).

It is my birthday and due to the fears of the virus, my grandchildren in Seattle are staying away as they fear infecting the old man. My other grandson in Eugene is home with a cold. I am quite content with video calls from all in the family, a leisurely lunch at a keto bakery, a nice Thai dinner out tonight and with better weather tomorrow a drive to the north Oregon coast to take the truck on a beach run.... [Read More]

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All this talk about the coronavirus but we are forgetting something…

All this talk about the coronavirus but we are forgetting something…

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Unlearn What You Have Learned

When you studied history in high school or college, you may have come across this quote, attributed to President Calvin Coolidge: “The business of America is business.”

Problem is, Silent Cal never said that. It is fake history, a misquotation from a speech that Coolidge gave to the American Society of Newspaper Editors on January 17, 1925. Here is the full quote, in context, from that speech:... [Read More]

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Ali at the P.O.

Ali is a damn good engineer. He is a Turkish immigrant. While he was raising a family he could only afford to go home every other year for a visit. He would send the wife and kids over for three or four weeks during summer vacation. He would go join them for the second half of the time, so he could fly back together with them. A few days after he returned from one of those trips, I got a chance to ask him about the trip. He told me a few interesting things. Then, about a month later, we had one of our delightful political discussions, and it prompted him to tell me a story.

I had asked if he would want to retire back to Turkey some day. He snorted. “No.”... [Read More]

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General Bovine Excrement.

OK, Ratties, this is just a post about General Bovine Excrement.

How was your day, Mine was pretty much OK, just a little while ago I returned from a reunion of sorts with four more of my grammar school buddies that are living in the area. We originally had nine males to eighteen females in our grammar school class. As far as I know there are only six males remaining, five in this area, as to the females, well there are about fourteen remaining and how many in the area, I dunno. We get together about every six weeks for pizza, (2 trays), and beer, (3 pitchers). It’s pretty much a good thing and I like it.... [Read More]

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Kindergarten Vignettes

I was scrolling through old posts and came across this one.  It offers a happy contrast to a recent re-post of mine describing a most chaotic day at the beginning of my stint as a substitute teacher.

We are lucky–blessed–when we can get paid to do the work we love. I am privileged to have two education-related jobs, to devote myself to tasks that give long-term satisfaction, and then to receive affirmation from colleagues and kids–like gravy on something already good.... [Read More]

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Oxyrhynchus

A huge trove of papyri were excavated in the Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus in the period from 1898 through 1914. From time to time new batches of these precious artifacts are presented by the team that is inspecting, cleaning, photographing, transcribing and translating this hoard. There is much work remaining to do, and unknown discoveries lie ahead.

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Absence of Intelligence

Homer Simpson's brainJared Z. Burton and Russell T. Warne just published (2020-01-23) a paper in the journal Teaching of Psychology, “The Neglected Intelligence Course: Needs and Suggested Solutions”.  (The paper is behind a forbidding paywall [US$37.50 for eleven pages!], but may be read for free on Sci-Hub.)  Here is the abstract.

Intelligence is a well-studied construct in psychology that has correlational relationships with many educational, employment, and health outcomes. However, prior research indicates that incorrect beliefs about intelligence are widespread. In an effort to discern the degree to which the psychology curriculum is responsible for these inaccuracies, we collected course descriptions and catalog information from 303 American colleges and universities. We found that college courses dedicated to mainstream intelligence science are rare. Because the lack of intelligence education within psychology is a plausible contributor to incorrect beliefs about intelligence, we present an outline for a college-level course on intelligence. We also provide advice for implementing a course, including course readings and advice for handling controversies.... [Read More]

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