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Bright College Days: Part III

If higher education is mostly a social loss, as Caplan persuasively argues, what is to be done? Caplan thinks that the government should stop subsidizing education. He favors full separation of school and state* That position sounds a little less … Continue reading

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Diversity of Thought on Campus

Don’t you think that we’d all be better off if history departments hired some proponents of Fomenko’s New Chronology, Astrophysicists assigned Worlds in Collision, geology professors lectured on Koreshanity, while half of new biology postdocs practice Lysenkoism. Oops, that last … Continue reading

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Bright College Days: Part II

According to Caplan, employers are looking for conformity, conscientiousness, and intelligence. They use completion of high school, or completion of college as a sign of conformity and conscientiousness. College certainly looks as if it’s mostly signaling, and it’s hugely expensive … Continue reading

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Bright College Days: Part I

I have a problem in thinking about education, since my preferences and personal educational experience are atypical, so I can’t just gut it out. On the other hand, knowing that puts me ahead of a lot of people that seem … Continue reading

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Poison Ivy Halls

I’m going to review Bryan Caplan’s new book, The Case Against Education. Will discuss it, and general educational issues, with James Miller [in an upcoming podcast]. This will eventually include a definitive prescription for fixing American education, not that anyone … Continue reading

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Some of my earlier thoughts on education

Here. With more to come.

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Generalized Homeopathy

Back in the early 1800s, some nut [ Samuel Hahnemann ] conceived the idea that all effective medicines, in large doses, produce symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the diseases they cure. He advocated treatment using extremely diluted … Continue reading

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