Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Huemer on the Academy

Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Michael Huemer is worried about colleges: “The academic world may be undermining its own economic viability, by converting the college degree from a signal of intelligence and self-discipline, into a signal of hypersensitivity and intolerance.”

Kilpatrick’s Critique of Montessori

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

William Heard Kilpatrick wrote a 1914 critique of the educational methods of Maria Montessori, The Montessori System Examined. Google has the book, available in free ebook versions.

The Montessori Method also is available online at no cost.

Davies Introduces Statistics

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Antony Davies has out a book free to download, Understanding Statistics.

Reading Charts

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

The Pacific Science Center has some great exercises for learning how charts can display data in deceptive ways. See also “Misleading axes on graphs.” Hat tip Carl Bergstrom.

Wexler on Unschooling

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Natalie Wexler complains about unschooling. I think she creates a false choice between student-driven learning and adult instruction.

Cowen on Reading a Lot

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Tyler Cowen offers a lot of good advice on reading. He says read a lot, read the best works from diverse fields, and don’t finish bad books.