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]


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]


Segregation Now

You’re white, in your early 30s and you have a 6-year-old child. For ten years you and your wife (you got married four years ago) have been living in a “rehabbing” neighborhood close to the downtown of a large American city. You pioneered this area (along with other couples, singles and homosexuals) when it was heavily inner-city poor and have been a part of the revitalization — bars, boutiques, coffee houses, museums, new residential construction — that turned it into an attractive venue for new migrants and visitors.

But your child is now school age and therein lies a problem. The local elementary school is three blocks away. It is an old building staffed by the typical collection of unionized, mediocre teachers. The school has no academic distinction at all. Test scores are pitiful. It has been labeled a failing school by the State Board of Ed. There have been some “incidents” that your wife has heard about, not in the local newspaper, but at the organic food store and at the farm-to-table restaurant where she sometimes meets friends for lunch. The elementary school student body is overwhelmingly black. ... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-01-16: Higher education as an older adult

I started my bachelor’s right out of high school, but dropped out in my second year (I’ve written about why over at R and won’t go into the details now).

For decades, the fact that I didn’t finish always lingered in the back of my mind.  It bothered me a lot, and try as I could, I just couldn’t let it go. So in 2010, I began working on it again, and worked on it off and on until finishing it in 2016. I have a BSBA from Edison State University (with a concentration in accounting).... [Read More]