Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Can you teach a baby to read?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

It’s the latest obsession for pushy parents.

Given that this is the photo accompanying the article:

At least he's learned to avert his gaze.

I would probably have a little trouble concentrating.

School Lunches in Marin County

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

“We’re from the government, and we’re here to help”.

Fancy school district in Marin County. PTA runs the school lunch program. “Profits” from the school lunch program support other programs the PTA volunteers run at the school.

Some parents are disappointed in the quality of the food being served.

They complain to the government.

The result is not likely to be what they desire.

Via: Bookworm Room. HT: Bird Dog at Maggie’s.

There is too much truth here

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

This video is funny, but there is just enough truth in there to make it a little uncomfortable:


I really am struggling right now with recommending college to the Deuce. He just doesn’t enjoy school. Not that I blame him. He’s smart enough to know that school has very little to do with learning anything worth knowing.

HT: Gerard

This is Disheartening

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

And it should give pause to everyone that thinks college is the answer for their problems. I should especially give student debtors more than a pause; something more akin to a full stop.

From The Fiscal Times, check out this chart:

I see this stuff all the time. The Ace is a freshman in college and the deuce is a sophomore in high school. I wonder if I’m guilty of parental malpractice by pushing them to college degrees. They will graduate with no student debt. At least I’m going to help them out there.

Another Reminder of …

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Reynold’s Law. This time from WRM;

The student loan system’s biggest victims are exactly the people policy makers most want to help: marginal students whose chances of finishing are not great.

Don’t let your kids borrow money for crappy degrees from crappy schools!

Suckers, They are Everywhere

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Here is a photo of Denise Milani, a winner of some bikini beauty contest:

Here is a photo of former UNC professor Paul Frampton:

Professor Frampton flew from North Carolina to Bolivia to meet Ms. Milani. When he arrived in Bolivia, he was not met by Ms. Milani, but rather by some guy with a suitcase who sent him on to Argentina. The guy with the suit case told Prof. Frampton he would meet Ms. Milani in Argentina.

Prof. Frampton has just been sentenced to five years in prison for smuggling drugs.

I’ve read all of the article linked to above, and the other articles linked to within. It appears that Prof. Frampton never got the opportunity to meet Ms. Milani. The best part, is this is not the first time he’s been the sucker in some long distance internet relationship.

Update: A quote from another article I just found on the case.

But at the heart of it is the question: how could an unprepossessing 68-year-old believe that a busty hottie might want to have him dip his rusty old spoon in her honeypot?

Really, this is the question, isn’t it?


The Diamond Age, come to life.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction | DVICE.

Very cool article. A bunch of computers were left in an Ethiopian village. No instructions were given to the kids in that village. Within five months they had hacked the operating system.

If you are interested in education, I strongly suggest reading Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer. There is a lot within the book that will make you think about the future of education.