Category Archives: Formal Eductation

United Auto Workers Union Organizing Graduate Students who teach adjunct courses.

It is well known that survey courses in the freshman and sophomore years at major universities are taught by graduate students or what are variously called teaching assistants or adjuncts.  That they are paid less than half what full professors … Continue reading

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The Obama School Lunch Menu versus the Warren Buffett Menu

Warren Buffett will be 85 years old this year.  He is one of the wealthiest men in the world.  He was a big and early supporter of Barack Obama’s political career.  He is the  largest shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway.  He … Continue reading

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Bon Appétit, Boys and Girls

We can write and talk about falling test scores, and teacher misconduct, but nothing says educational failure like the above picture of lunch.  How can we expect the children to do better when you feed them this lunch:  a hamburger … Continue reading

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It’s been a long, long time

Another new start for this blog.  The last entry was in February; wow, time flies.  I am now proofreading my second novel.  I’ll have more to say about that in the coming weeks, except that I’ve been wallowing in the … Continue reading

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Why reforming the schools is a waste of time, part 2

As I wrote in my previous post, I’m not much interested in education reform or the political battles over it. The students, and to a degree, the teachers have become pawns in those battles. Most of the battles in the … Continue reading

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Why reforming the schools is a waste of time

As far back as I can remember, school reform has been a contentious issue. It may have been an issue before the USSR launched Sputnik in orbit aroound the earth, but the aftermath of that event was my first recollection … Continue reading

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Is Algebra Necessary?

Andrew Hacker wrote in the New York Times Sunday Review Opinion Pages an article July 29, 2012, entitled “Is Algebra Necessary?” Hacker claims that the drop out rate in both high school and college is directly linked to the Algebra … Continue reading

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