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Teacher “diversity” and learning

Because the NY Times denies science, there will be no mention of the scientific truth that, on average, blacks are less intelligent than whites, and that also, on average, during the high school years boys do better in math than girls.

That said, I do suspect that blacks kids are often an unruly lot, and that black teachers are better at disciplining them (whereas white teachers may even be afraid to discipline them because they are afraid of it being perceived as racist), and as the kids get older, only an alpha-male black man can get teenage black boys to behave well.

So overall, I agree that we’d be better off having black teachers teaching black students. Of course, if we went too far in that direction, putting black kids into classes with black teachers, the same people complaining that there aren’t enough black teachers would be complaining that we’ve reinstituted the racist policy of racial segregation. However, the intentional pairing of black students with black teachers is the only way to accomplish the good of having blacks kids taught by black teachers, which the article says is a good thing. Merely hiring a few more black teachers through affirmative action, but doing nothing else beside that, will only make a very minor difference.

We can’t have good education until the truth of HBD can be publicly discussed.

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Commenter “pop” disagrees about black male teachers:

Not true, and I know from talking to inner city teachers and briefly going to such a school myself. Poor black boys resent employed middle class black male teachers and defy them. But they have an instinctive deference to black women, especially older black women. One reminds them of the men who pump and dump their mothers, the other reminds them of their grandmothers or older aunts who’d beat them if they defied them.

Maybe this is because men are so absent in the lives of ghetto black children, who almost never have married parents and thus black boys are almost entirely raised by their mothers and grandmothers and sometimes other older female relatives, so they are not used to male role models at all.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 13, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education

Advanced racism

According to this Atlantic article, it’s RACIST when white parents send their kids to good schools.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 5, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Education

NY Times right about Betsy Devos

Cracking down on crappy for-profit “colleges” and “universities” which were ripping off low IQ students and the U.S. government was the best thing to come out of the Obama administration.

The rules should have been expanded to include public and non-profit private schools as well. Instead we get cuckery to anything big business. No doubt Devos and others of her ilk believe that innovation automatically comes from the “free market,” but the only thing innovative about for-profit schools is that they are much better at marketing themselves to people who shouldn’t be going to college in the first place, and getting them to take out massive government loans to pay for bogus “education.”

Charter schools, school choice, and stuff like that are also bogus.

There is actually innovation in for-profit education, but ONLY where the education is not about doing time and getting a degree, but where the value is measured in something more direct, like being able to pass the bar exam (I have nothing but praise for BARBRI), or coding bootcamps where people really do learn how to code.

Trump should fire Devos and replace her with an education leader who will bring America-first reform to education. Real reforms I would like to see:

1. All schools should separate children by ability, so that smart children are in smart classes and the slower children are in slower classes. This would provide real benefit to primary and secondary education, even if they are public schools staffed by union teachers.

2. All government hiring and promotions should be based on scoring high on tests that demonstrate real and measurable knowledge and ability rather than having a college degree which often means nothing except that the degree-holder spend four years partying.

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Each of the two points above could be the subject of a series of long blog posts.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 29, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Education

Parents who pay for Fortnite coaching for their kids

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ready-aim-hire-a-fortnite-coach-parents-enlist-videogame-tutors-for-their-children-1533046708

Ally Hicks fretted over her 10-year-old son playing the hugely popular shoot-em-up videogame “Fortnite.”

It wasn’t the violence or the amount of time she was worried about. It was the result. He wasn’t winning.
So she hired him a coach. For about $50, Ms. Hicks purchased four hours of online lessons from a player she found through a freelance labor website.

One thing I can’t help but notice is that Fortnite coaches don’t make much money. It’s a lot more profitable to be an SAT tutor than a Fortnite tutor.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 3, 2018 at EDT pm

News from the Harvard lawsuit

I don’t think I learned much, if anything, new from the article. It confirms that Harvard values athletes, legacies, relatives of people who donated money, and the more money donated the more Harvard values them. And that Harvard uses a “personal rating” that describes Asian applicants as being smart and hard-working, but boring (“boring” is my word, not a word used in the article), too boring to achieve great things after graduation, too boring for Harvard.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 30, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education

Suing the state because children have low-IQ genes

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/07/no-right-become-literate/564545/

There’s a story in The Atlantic about a lawsuit against the state of Michigan because black kids in a select group of Detroit schools are unable to read, thus being denied their alleged constitutional right to literacy.

The District Court judge ruled for the state, so it’s good to see that there is at least one federal judge who hasn’t gone all-out bonkers SJW. But who knows what might have happened if Hillary Clinton became president instead of Donald Trump, and she seeded the federal judiciary with leftist judges.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education, Law

More good news from the Trump administration!

The Trump administration will encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses, officials said.

Affirmative action is evil to the goals of quality education; it leads to the dumbing down of education to match the abilities of the least-capable affirmative action admitted students.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 3, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education

$575 million program to increase teacher effectiveness, total failure

https://www.the74million.org/study-multi-year-gates-experiment-to-improve-teacher-effectiveness-spent-575-million-didnt-make-an-impact/
https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2242.html

With minor exceptions, by 2014–2015, student achievement, access to effective teaching, and dropout rates were not dramatically better than they were for similar sites that did not participate in the Intensive Partnerships initiative.

This demonstrates, yet again, that there’s no amount of money that can be spent on schools that will make kids smarter.

The liberal hypothesis, that bad outcomes for blacks and other minorities (but not for Asians) are at least partially because of bad schools, is false.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 29, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education

University of Chicago replaces SAT/ACT scores with two-minute video

No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke! And yes, it seems like I’ve had to say that multiple times this month.

https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/06/15/university-chicago-drops-satact-requirement

The University of Chicago on Thursday morning announced that it was dropping the requirement that all undergraduate applicants submit SAT or ACT scores.

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In addition, the university announced a new program in which it will invite students to submit a two-minute video introduction of themselves.

We now live in a world where how good you look on video is more important for getting into an elite college than reading comprehension or math abilities!

For parents, be advised, plastic surgery and acting classes are a lot more important for your children’s future than scholastic prep! Seriously!

Also, a personal trainer for your kids so they look nice and fit is also advised.

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Socially extinct write in a comment:

University finally teaches these kids something about the real work world. ’bout time!

Right, this is what I’ve been saying for a long time, getting promoted at corporations is more about looking good, being liked by those who can promote you, and creating the perception that you’re senior manager material than doing any real work or creating real value. The complete opposite of how libertarian economists think the world works.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 16, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Education

Good stuff from the AA lawsuit against Harvard

Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday by a group representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.

Asian-Americans scored higher than applicants of any other racial or ethnic group on admissions measures like test scores, grades and extracurricular activities, according to the analysis commissioned by a group that opposes all race-based admissions criteria. But the students’ personal ratings significantly dragged down their chances of being admitted, the analysis found.

If Harvard selected applicants based only on academic merit, and not on legacies, athletics, personality, and race, Asians would be 43% of Harvard students instead of only 19%.

Whatever you think about the desirability of Harvard being 43% Asian (I don’t go there, never graduated from there, so I guess it neither benefits me or hurts me), imagine the massive outrage there would be if blacks were systematically discriminated against like that based on subjective factors.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 15, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education

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