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The T.M. Landry story in the New York Times

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Seems like a story that once again just proves the truth of HBD.

So why is the New York Times promoting it instead of burying it like it normally does to any news that goes against the left-wing narrative? My guess is because they think it promotes another liberal narrative, that public schools are good and alternatives to public schools are bad.

My advice to conservatives is to stop being anti-public school. The real problem with education is HBD denialism and not that local governments are running the majority of schools. The single greatest thing that can be done for education is to place children in classrooms with children of similar intelligence. That’s what we should be talking about, not whether there is “school choice.”

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December 1, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Confirmed that the boys don’t read

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At Thanksgiving dinner, in response to questions on this topic, my 12-year-old nephew said, “Even if there were no iPhones, I still wouldn’t read, because reading is BORING.”

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November 23, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Books, Education

Rich people in Silicon Valley prohibit their children from looking at screens

Must read series of articles in the NY Times.

You know, 20 years ago, when people were claiming that poor kids are “disadvantaged” because they didn’t have access to technology, I said it was a bunch of hogwash.

And now, today, we find out that rich people are going crazy trying to prevent their children from using anything with a screen: smartphone, television, computer, absolutely forbidden.

According to the the article about nannies, nannies sign contracts that they will never use their smartphone or any other screen in front of their charges, and parents spy on each others’ nannies to get them fired.

I had no idea that rich people were doing this. Is it just rich people in Silicon Valley, or is it all over the country?

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Let me add some more thoughts.

“Screens” can potentially be a good thing of children are using them for purposes like learning computer programming, reading and writing. Even social media has its plus sides, you hear about kids who become millionaires from being famous on YouTube or Instagram.

There are some young people (all women) who are now successful, or semi-successful authors because they started posting stuff to Wattpad when they were in middle school.

The teenager who programs an app that makes a lot of money, that wouldn’t happen if he had parents who forbid him from using “screens.”

On the other hand, I have to admit that I don’t see any upside at all to playing Fortnite 40 hours a week. And I’m sure that the vast majority of kids are using their screens for crap purposes like that.

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October 29, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Education, Technology

Yes, we can teach middle-class values

There’s a bizarre-seeming paradox sitting at the heart of research into early childhood education. On the one hand, there’s a sizable body of research suggesting that kids who go through intensive education at the ages of 3 and 4 don’t really come out ahead in terms of academic abilities. By kindergarten much of their advantage has receded, and by second grade researchers typically can’t detect it at all.

On the other hand, there’s an equally substantive body of research suggesting that early childhood education produces a profound, lifelong advantage. Kids who enter intensive preschool programs are less likely to be arrested, more likely to graduate, and less likely to struggle with substance abuse as adults. One study with a followup when the students were in their mid-30s found that they were likelier to have eventually attended and completed college.

I haven’t read the entire article, but the intro is not bizarre at all, in fact it’s consistent with what I’ve been writing for a long time.

Intelligence is almost purely a genetic trait, so no amount of intervention will have much of an effect on things that are highly correlated with intelligence, such as test scores.

But it’s definitely possible to teach middle-class values and train children to behave better.

We know HBD is true because it explains so much! Unfortunately, readers who deny the truth of HBD (almost all the people who will read the article) will get the wrong message. The message is that schools need to do less drilling for tests, and more teaching children not to commit crimes or do drugs, and the importance of having a job.

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October 23, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Cursive writing update

I wrote a really good blog post about cursive writing four years ago.

Around that time, I forced myself to relearn cursive, using the lettering style shown in The Palmer Method of Business Writing (legal free download!), except for the “r” which is just too funky in the Palmer book. I should warn you that it took a lot of time and many dozens of pages full of writing in order to relearn it. It wasn’t just like one hour and that’s it, you’re done. But I was able to accomplish as an adult what I failed to do in the third grade.

This week I tried to write again with pen, after a long break, and it all came back to me, I went more naturally into cursive than into manuscript which I used for most of my life until four years ago. Except I had to refresh my memory about a few of the capital letters, especially the “F.” (My grandfather wrote with Palmer Fs, but in school they taught me a much different F. The Palmer F is way superior, even though it doesn’t look anything like a manuscript F, which is probably why the education system decided to abandon it.)

The primary benefit of cursive writing is that it’s more upper class. Which is why you should do it with a fountain pen. If you’re going to do it, you should make it look as upper class as possible.

You need to modify the capital letters in the Palmer method, when necessary. It really wasn’t designed to deal with acronyms or stupid brand names with a capital in the middle of the word like “iPhone.” It’s probably best to just refuse to capitalize in those cases.

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October 23, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Education

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.

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September 13, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Education

Advanced racism

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

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September 5, 2018 at EST 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.

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August 29, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Education

Parents who pay for Fortnite coaching for their kids

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.

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August 3, 2018 at EST 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.

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July 30, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Education

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