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Category Archives: Education

A University Markets Itself

  CAROLYN, who commented on the University of California’s new logo at her blog, writes: The University of California and the culture it represents aren’t quite meaningless, as you suggested. They now have a derived meaning. For example, remember Kentucky Fried Chicken? Each of those three words had an actual and specific meaning. Now the company is simply […]

Power through Symbol

  I WAS mostly away from the computer this weekend and was able only to post quickly the entry about the changed University of California logo. When I returned, I found a half a dozen or so comments that captured the significance of this symbol. The comments so perfectly demonstrated the good sense and insight typical […]

The Meaningless University

  INEZ writes: I thought you and your readers might find this news from my alma mater both interesting and disturbing: The University of California is changing its seal from its traditional one (bearing the motto, “Let There Be Light”) to a modern monstrosity that looks like a toddler’s drawing on the old Window’s program […]

Who Shall Pay this Debt?

  INTERESTING comments have been added to the discussion about an Alaska woman who is too impoverished by student loans to join a cloistered convent. In that entry, David C. tells the story of a female friend who recently graduated from a top university with a degree in Latin American studies. Leaving aside the issue of […]

One Woman Who Never Went to College

  HISTORY is filled with bright and cultured women who never went to college. Jane Austen, to cite one example, had no formal schooling after the age of eleven. Austen was born in December of 1775. According to the Wikipedia entry on her life: In 1783, according to family tradition, Jane and Cassandra were sent to […]

The Education Con Game

ALAN writes: If American parents had any sense, they would laugh at the pretentious nonsense “education experts” routinely write and speak. The purpose of school jargon is not to convey information but to create illusions, to make simple, ordinary things appear mysterious, complicated, and expensive. In 1976, Edwin Newman wrote: “In the field of education, […]

The Sickening Pace of Early Childhood Education

   KATHLENE M. writes: This article explores how kindergarten has become worse in recent years. This excerpt interested me for the reason I explain below: How and why has kindergarten changed? In a word: testing. According to a 2009 report from the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Childhood, kindergartners are being taught to comply with state […]

Did Kindergarten Save the World?

  IN 1893, on her death bed, Elizabeth Mardewel, an education reformer who was pioneer of the kindergarten in California, uttered these words: “I believe in the power of the kindergarten to reform the world.” As recounted in Rousas John Rushdoony’s The Messianic Character of American Education, Mardewel also said, kindergarten would “regenerate the human […]

A High School Girl Wins

     KAREN I. writes: I am sending a picture of Cassie Herkelman, the girl who won the Iowa state wrestling match by forfeit. From what I read, another girl wrestled a boy in the same tournament and lost the first match after being pinned in 52 seconds. I also read that Joel Northrup, who refused on principle to […]

A Wrestling Champion Seizes the Day

    HERE IS a news story that will make your day. This really happened in America. An Iowa high school wrestling champ bowed out of a state competition today because he refused to wrestle with a girl. Joel Northrup, who is homeschooled, forfeited the match with Cassie Herkelman. He stated: I have a tremendous amount of respect […]

A Tiger Mother and Parental Hysteria

  FEW RECENT STORIES in the mainstream news are less compelling to me than the uproar over Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua’s article in the Wall Street Journal “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.” The article is based on Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which is about raising her two daughters to be the sort of hyper-engineered […]

The New Dumbness

  JOHN TAYLOR GATTO, the former New York City school teacher turned writer, is an engaging critic of modern schooling, effectively skewering that Utopian, dangerously small-minded religion we know of as “education.” In his book Weapons of Mass Instruction, Gatto writes: Ordinary people send their children to school to get smart, but what modern schooling teaches is […]

Welcome to Barack Obama Elementary, Comrades

  DALE F. writes:  The other day, a friend sent me a link to a piece by Will Hutton, a writer for the UK Guardian, contemplating mostly with satisfaction the civilizational accomplishments of his (and my) “baby boom” generation.  This morning I saw this article: The first school in the D.C. area named after the […]

College Girls on the Path to Success

  FROM THE SMOKING GUN: For the second time in recent weeks, a chapter of the Pi Beta Phi sorority is being accused of drunkenly trashing a facility during a formal dance. At a March 6 party sponsored by the group’s Ohio University chapter, attendees engaged in sex acts, used plates as “missiles” during food […]

The Decline in Male Achievement, cont.

  JOHN P. WRITES: I’d like to offer a contrarian view of your post on graduation levels of men and women. If I understand correctly Jesse Powell’s statistics are aggregate graduation rates for all undergraduate degrees. However, most undergraduate degrees are awarded for liberal arts courses, history, psychology, sociology, English, etc. I don’t have the […]