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  • How Humankind Conquered the World (Tree of Knowledge Mutation)

    02/18/2015 5:29:30 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 13 replies ^ | Feb. 2015 | By CHARLES C. MANN
    ... The book’s title is Mr. Harari’s reminder that, long ago, the world held half a dozen species of human, of which only Homo sapiens—thee and me—today survives. The trajectory of our species, Mr. Harari says, can be traced as a succession of three revolutions: the cognitive revolution (when we got smart), the agricultural revolution (when we got nature to do what we wanted), and the scientific revolution (when we got dangerously powerful). Humanity, Mr. Harari predicts, will see one more epochal event. We will vanish within a few centuries, either because we’ve gained such godlike powers as to become...
  • Scott Walker Didn't Finish College. And?

    02/13/2015 12:39:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 13, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    ".......For decades now, America's higher education system has poorly served Americans.If you can weld,you can land a job making six-figures tomorrow.If you recently acquired a B.A. in sociology,well, can you tell me how you do that thing where you make the foam on top a latte look like a heart?There's a reason why the lack of a college degree is practically celebrated in Silicon Valley. Mark Zuckerberg,Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are all college dropouts. Peter Thiel says a college "diploma is a dunce hat in disguise" and wants to blow the higher-ed system up entirely. Sixty-three of the people...
  • Why are Americans so stunningly ignorant?

    12/05/2014 11:59:46 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 148 replies ^ | 11 Nov., 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A history professor, writing in VEER (an arts and culture magazine published in Norfolk, Virginia), tells a startling anecdote: “A couple of years back, a student came to me for a conference, late in the semester, and asked, ‘Which came first, the Civil War or the Revolutionary War?’ Never mind that we had spent a week on both, and that he had been in attendance (physically, at any rate), for all of those sessions.” Note that the professor and the student seem equally unashamed. This is not a homeless man with a drug problem. This is an adult student taking...
  • What’s education for? Let’s have a national debate on this issue

    11/19/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    FreeRepublic Original content | Nov. 19, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An interesting theoretical issue in education from the beginning has been, who needs this stuff and how much of it do they need? Let's imagine a farmer sitting behind a mule plowing his field. Does he need an education? Is it wasted on him? Would life be better or worse if he knew some history, could sing some opera, or do puzzles in his head. What if he knows some Shakespeare and, as he’s going around the fields, regales the mule with speeches from Hamlet? Would this make life a little more interesting? Or would having such knowledge be a...
  • Ronald Reagan QUIZ (Moderate)

    07/16/2014 9:57:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Previous (basic) Ronald Reagan quiz -here- ________________________________________________________________ This week's (moderate) quiz: 1. What was President Ronald Reagan's US Secret Service codename?a) Rawhideb) Bonzoc) Beand) Knute 2. During his first term as President, Reagan fired what politically unreliable Secretary of the Interior?a) James Wattb) Donald Reganc) Caspar Weinbergerd) George Schultz 3. At a young age, Ronald Reagan's nickname became "Dutch"- Why?a) He thought Ronald wasn't a name rugged enough for a red-blooded American boy and liked "Dutch" betterb) His father called him "the Dutchman" upon seeing his newborn sonc) Ronald Reagan's family was descended from Dutch ancestryd) Ronald Reagan's family was...
  • (Basic) Ronald Reagan Quiz

    06/26/2014 8:57:13 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 June 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    1. When was Ronald Reagan first sworn in as President of USA?a) 20 January 1981b) 4 November 1980c) 20 January 1989d) 4 March 1981 2. When was Ronald Reagan born?a) 6 February 1911b) 3 April 1912c) 4 July 1916d) 25 November 1921 3. Where was Ronald Reagan born?a) Honolulub) Los Alamosc) New Hampshired) Tampico 4. Which college did Ronald Reagan attend?a) Eureka Collegeb) Bethany Collegec) Trinity Colleged) Brown College 5. When did Ronald Reagan marry Nancy Davis?a) 4 March 1952b) 9 May 1956c) 6 June 1946d) 14 December 1948 6. What was Ronald Reagan's preferred nickname until the late...
  • Bloom's Taxonomy: “What do you think about X?”

    06/20/2014 11:34:47 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 8 replies ^ | June 3, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Sixty years ago, Benjamin Bloom came up with what he said was a superior way to categorize educational goals and activities. The Taxonomy was famous for reducing everything to six steps: remembering; understanding; applying; analyzing; evaluating; creating. Note that "remembering" (or "knowing") is the first and LOWEST step. Bloom concocted this taxonomy to describe education at the college level. College professors, however, ignored the Taxonomy. Meanwhile, the people in charge of our public schools put this thing on a pedestal. Why? Because the Taxonomy scorned what had always been considered the most important step: knowing information. Bloom and his Taxonomy...
  • Think Yer Smart? Take the Pew Research Science Quiz...

    05/19/2014 10:58:03 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 135 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 May 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This (online) one is quick and easy, yet only 7% of the US adult population get all 13 questions correct (I got 12).  Take it yourself here, you only need a minute or two... good luck! ___________________________________________________ Pew Research   The JR Experiment   -h/t Kirby-
  • Teachers, Facilitators, Babysitters: is there a difference?

    03/27/2014 3:04:47 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies ^ | Feb. 17, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [SUMMARY: the latest educational theories require that teachers stop teaching. No one should be surprised if children stop learning.]--- A few years ago the city of Virginia Beach paid a Harvard consultant to come down and announce the big news: teachers must stop teaching. They would be given a new name and a new job. They would be called “facilitators.” Their job would be to “facilitate.” Imagine the shock. These teachers have been ordered to forget what they spent years learning. They have been downgraded from doing something that the world has always esteemed, i.e., teaching, to doing something that...
  • Babies are special

    02/26/2014 1:30:03 PM PST · by franky8 · 6 replies
    Frank Cunningham
    Our Lord has a special place for His babies 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”~~~ Mark 9 Today’s Society faces many challenging issues such as abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research and gay marriage, and people are either interested in the subject or could care less. This booklet is directed at those who care less. Care less people usually are in that...
  • Where is the proof in pseudoscience?

    02/01/2014 2:56:20 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Conversation ^ | January 31, 2014 | Peter Ellerton
    The word “pseudoscience” is used to describe something that is portrayed as scientific but fails to meet scientific criteria. This misrepresentation occurs because actual science has creditability (which is to say it works), and pseudoscience attempts to ride on the back of this credibility without subjecting itself to the hard intellectual scrutiny that real science demands. A good example of pseudoscience is homoeopathy, which presents the façade of a science-based medical practice but fails to adhere to scientific methodology. Other things typically branded pseudoscience include astrology, young-Earth creationism, iridology, neuro-linguistic programming and water divining, to name but a few.
  • Brains of elderly slow because they know so much

    01/20/2014 2:51:32 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 122 replies
    Telegragh (UK) ^ | 1-20-2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The brains of older people only appear to slow down because they have so much information to compute, much like a full-up hard drive, scientists believe. Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to (sic) do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline. “The human brain works slower in old age,” said...
  • Sages On Stages Desperately Needed 

    01/18/2014 5:18:11 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Oct 26, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
     [SUMMARY: Constructivism says teachers must teach less.]  It was the first premise of all schools throughout history: students would be educated by people who were themselves already educated. A biology teacher had to be an expert in biology; a history teacher must know history to teach history. Who would question the wisdom of these statements? This country’s Education Establishment now preaches a contrary view. Students must not be told that 2+3 = 5; this is not “authentic learning.” Essentially, teachers should stop teaching. The theory, generally called Constructivism or Discovery, requires that students (typically working in groups) construct knowledge for themselves.  This approach...
  • US adults are dumber than the average human

    10/08/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 99 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/08/13 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
  • An Interview with Bruce D. Price:  "Some Thoughts on Bill Gates, Education and Influence"

    08/30/2013 12:47:33 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies ^ | July 2, 2013 | Michael F. Shaughnessy
    1) Bruce, about 4 years ago, you wrote ”An Open Letter to Bill Gates About Education.” What was it all about? In 2007, Bill Gates helped prepare a report on American productivity. The report concluded that public schools are so bad they are a threat to the economy. I was tremendously impressed by this directness. We need that. Unfortunately, the report went on to suggest scores of small fixes, not the radical reform we need. Bill Gates seemed to think that our Education Establishment would listen to him, that it would be enough if he made smart suggestions. I argued...
  • Let Us Now Praise Knowing Stuff

    08/07/2013 3:58:53 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 6, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A reporter asked me, "Would you prefer that students know information, or how to find information?" Clearly she thought that knowing where to find information was best. Actually knowing facts was, in her mind, not important. That was the old way, the medieval approach, when children were whipped to make them memorize the state capitals and other such irrelevant stuff. Thank goodness, she clearly believed, we have moved on to more civilized ways. Children no longer know anything. All they know is that they must go somewhere to find what they want to know. But why would the reporter believe...
  • 16 ways you know you went to a crappy public school

    06/14/2013 4:52:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 33 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | June 7, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    How many stars on the American flag? You’re guessing “a lot.” Can dolphins communicate? You think, of course they can. They’re a footbal team, they have to communicate. The three states of water? You guess Oregon, for sure, because it’s rainy there. Gravity? You wonder what’s the big deal about gravity? If something is heavy, it’ll fall. A camel can walk a long way without what? A map? The language Shakespeare wrote in? You’re thinking French? Maybe Shakesperean. When multiplying 6 x 7, you need a calculator. But you can’t think of any good reasons for doing this. A rolling...
  • Distinguishing Knowledge from Wisdom and Understanding

    05/22/2013 1:56:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 21, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In this post I am trying to continue our celebration of the lost “Octave” of Pentecost. Today I want to consider three gifts of the Holy Spirit.As you may recall, there are seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude and Fear of the Lord. Most Catholics cannot define them well in any sort of articulate way. This is due to poor catechesis but also to the fact that modern English has tended to use several of these terms interchangeably, almost as synonyms, though they are distinct theologically.There are also secular usages of these terms that...
  • The Quickest Way To Learn New Vocabulary Words

    04/06/2013 3:11:49 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies ^ | April 1, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Most words can be learned and taught most easily in groups, for example, words used by doctors, terms used every day by car mechanics, vocabulary typically heard in a lawyer’s office. Imagine a photograph of a scientific laboratory with captions on the key elements: test tube, bunsen burner, beaker, pipette, thermometer, technician, lab coat, goggles, periodic table, fume hood, centrifuge. A teacher can walk students through the lab, pointing out the most interesting sights. Quickly and naturally, children learn vocabulary, they have a glimpse of what scientists do, they learn about a new world that may excite their enthusiasm. Words...
  • What Are They Teaching In Our Schools? Anything??

    11/16/2012 3:20:15 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 45 replies ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    A parent in Norfolk, Va., complained that a special ed teacher injected Islamic indoctrination into the classroom. The story broke in the local paper only because the fifth-grade student was slightly injured, and the mother reported it. This teacher spent two days trying to make her students learn a Muslim “hand sign,” according to the criminal complaint. A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that he had never heard of any hand signs in his faith. This odd dispute prompted many questions. Local citizens wanted to know why this teacher was trying to make her students learn Islamic...
  • Education: Speaking In Forked Tongues

    04/16/2012 1:17:15 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 13, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    "Why Bilinguals Are Smarter," a recent column in the New York Times, suggests that children raised in two-language homes tend to have higher IQs, because their brains are forced to be more nimble. Let's stipulate that this is true. Still, I think there's more to the story. I suspect that any intellectual activity -- playing piano, chess, daily nature walks, video games, learning the constellations -- would tend to speed up intellectual development. A lot of times our modern educators will smugly insist: don't go too fast; children need to be ready to learn! But if parents are speaking two...
  • From Man Alive! - "A survival manual for the human mind."

    04/11/2012 9:40:58 AM PDT · by Greg Swann · 3 replies ^ | April 8, 2012 | Greg Swann
    From: Man Alive! A survival manual for the human mind. by Greg Swann Chapter 4. The greatest invention in the history of humanity. That chapter heading is really just a tease. WhatÂ’s the most important invention ever devised by the mind of man? Fathertongue, of course. All other inventions flow from it. Without it, we are badly-adapted hairless apes, ultimately doomed to an ignominious extinction. With it, human beings danced on the Moon. In the last chapter, I raised the idea of your being stranded on a desert island. ThatÂ’s a hugely unlikely scenario, but itÂ’s interesting to think about...
  • Think of where you are in your life. What you know. What you do.

    03/28/2012 5:41:47 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    What do we really know? What do we really see? Every day are we truly trying to be Christ-like, or at least treat people how we want to be treated? Love to all people in the holy precious name of Jesus Christ.
  • They Don’t Have a Clue

    01/30/2012 2:35:37 PM PST · by arthurus · 1 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | January 26, 2012 | John Derbyshire
    [...]All of British society’s important power centers agreed that union with Europe would be a jolly good thing and that opening the country to floods of Jamaicans and Pakistanis would be culturally and economically invigorating. Both things were disastrous. The European project yoked Britain to a mercantilist bureaucracy tasked with “harmonizing” countries that had spent centuries developing widely differing approaches to public affairs. Mass immigration frontally assaulted Britain’s tolerant insularity, turned sleepy old working-class neighborhoods into hotbeds of crime, and introduced an aggressively hostile religion into one of the world’s least-religious nations.
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part IV: The Problem of Knowledge, or When Doctors Disagree

    01/22/2012 10:12:12 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-22-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is the fourth of a series of five essays on the Internet and Social Dynamics. In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo was concerned with the treatment of how internet groups (focusing on Free Republic) dealt with posters (I almost typed “posers” which on second thought would not have been a bad typo to leave in place) who do not share the prevailing views. The second part, Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks, was concerned with the psychological reactions when a poster who had been considered safely “one of the group”...
  • Test your news IQ - Pew Research Center

    12/03/2011 9:58:26 AM PST · by Aria · 146 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | unknown | Pew Research Center
    This was very interesting... This is a terrific test. And it shows results in a number of ways. It clearly indicates that the majority of Americans don't have a clue about what's going on in the world. No wonder our politicians take such advantage of us. It's astonishing that so many people got less than half right. These results say that 80% of the (voting) public doesn't have a clue, and that's pretty scary. There are no tricks here - just a simple test to see if you are current on your information. This is quite good and the results...

    11/01/2011 11:52:30 AM PDT · by dvan · 7 replies · 1+ views
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    THOMAS JEFFERSON At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. At 23, started his own law practice. At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America " and retired from his law practice. At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress. At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence...
  • Occupy Harvard's Graduate School of Education

    10/24/2011 6:27:56 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 9 replies ^ | Oct. 24, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In a recent Times column entitled “Occupy the Classroom,” Nicholas Kristof went to bat for the idea of “early childhood education.” He quotes the dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, as she forcefully states what we already know: there are significant performance gaps between rich and poor students; and those gaps widen in later years. Question is, what does our Education Establishment intend to do about these gaps? Nicholas Kristof is sure that we should do something. And that something, apparently, is to do more and more of what we are already doing but force it on younger and...
  • Home schools rise in CHINA

    09/08/2011 1:34:24 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | September 5, 2011 | Qihui Gao
    Home schools emerged in many places of China today due to the parents' concern about the public education, the China Youth Daily reported Monday.A growing number of parents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces are choosing to let their children receive an education at home rather than attend public kindergartens, primary, junior or senior middle schools.Some parents think their children cannot realize the happiness of learning, acquire useful knowledge effectively and master learning for a modern society through the current methods taught in schools. A recent seminar about launching home school projects was held by 21st Century Education Research...
  • Uncommon Knowledge, Interview with Yuri Yarmin Agaev (Video)

    07/24/2011 1:17:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/23/11 | Peter Robinson
    A powerful inteview with Russian Refusenik Yuri Yarmin Agaev.
  • My Will Fully Fulfilled Through You . . .

    06/06/2011 5:48:21 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 9 replies
    My will is being done through you , No longer in part but all the way through , You have passed by the Ark and now onto Zion you have come , For I AM continually with you releasing My kingdom , So now as you venture into My Will , It is My fullness that you fulfill , Not a jot or a tittle a thought or a vow , You are My Kingdom "alive" ( (( Operating NOW )) ) , So as you reach out your hands My coals of fire reveal * , All of My...
  • The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download

    06/04/2011 11:36:48 PM PDT · by coldphoenix · 11 replies
    National Academies Press ^ | 05 June 2011 | National Academies Press
    WASHINGTON -- As of today all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable to anyone free of charge. This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press. The mission of the National Academies Press (NAP) -- publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council -- is to disseminate the institutions' content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability. To that end, NAP began offering free content online in 1994. Before today’s announcement, all PDFs were...
  • Free Schools: the stake in the heart of the Progressive vampire

    05/06/2011 12:30:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 6. 2011 | James Delingpole
    Last night I saw the future of education in Britain – and it worked. The occasion was the launch of Katharine Birbalsingh’s free school in Lambeth, South London. As a local parent I was naturally very interested in this because at the moment round these parts you have two options when your kids turn 11: either you consign them to the dustbin of whichever failing state school you’re unlucky enough to get them into. Or you consign yourself to an old age of misery and penury by forking out for one of the many excellent local private schools. Having just...
  • The New Gun Control

    04/30/2011 4:36:37 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 25 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-30-11 | James Tuggle
    On January 2, 2011, Stan Soklovski’s gun vault was violated. Thieves had removed 40 weapons. Most were pistols along with several rifles including a couple of assault weapons. He had constructed the gun vault in his basement to prevent theft, he had a state concealed gun license, he was registered with the federal government as a gun collector and he loaded his own rounds. This gentlemen knew the gun laws and obeys them. A peaceful law-abiding U. S. citizen. He called the cops. The Keystone cops came and called the State Police and their CSI, the fire department, the ATF....
  • Growing in Grace and Knowledge

    02/14/2011 10:13:20 AM PST · by hawkins · 2 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 1/14/2011 | Erik Smith
    At the close of his second epistle, in II Peter 3:18, the apostle Peter offers a stirring exhortation to all Christians: “…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” (NKJV) Peter encourages followers of Christ to take action, to “…grow.” This word is translated from the Greek term AUXANO which means: “to grow (‘wax’), …enlarge…increase.” (1) Basically, we are told that we should increase our “knowledge” of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ and His gospel and enlarge our understanding of how to better...
  • Education as Neurotoxin: How Public Schools Were Dumbed Down

    01/27/2011 2:02:38 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 58 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 23, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [New YouTube video is short, graphical, and has good jazz; this is script for it--] A century ago, Maria Montessori reached a brilliant insight. Observing children at a mental institution, she wondered: “Suppose we created a jazzed-up environment that constantly challenged and inspired young minds...?” Montessori created a new kind of school for impaired children. Quickly, her students were equal to “normal” children. She became the toast of Europe; as she deserved to be. Montessori’s vision has to inspire all true educators. But what, after all, is Montessori telling us but common sense? If you want intellectual and cognitive development,...
  • Ignorant Government Officials

    01/20/2011 7:37:24 AM PST · by estrogen · 18 replies
    Fox News | 1/18/11 | poll
    Amazing we have a government at all
  • UK National curriculum review: children to learn facts and figures in subject shake-up

    01/20/2011 12:12:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | Graeme Paton, Education Writer
    A major review of school subjects… expected to lead to a focus on the essential knowledge pupils should grasp at each key stage of their education. The move is intended to reverse more than a decade of dumbing down of primary and secondary school subjects in favour of trendy skills-based lessons and “cross-curricular themes”. Launching the review, the Coalition said the last Government stripped vital content from the national curriculum, leaving pupils with a poor understanding of English literature, maths, science, foreign languages, history and geography. ….Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said “profound mistakes” made with the curriculum by Labour...
  • Are You a Fool? Part 4

    01/01/2011 8:34:38 PM PST · by hawkins · 6 replies
    That Christian Website ^ | 01/01/2010 | Travis Main
    Fools and Their Knowledge“The wise man built his house upon the Rock. The wise man built his house upon the Rock. The wise…”. It is quite likely any person reading the above words knows they are from one of the first Sunday school songs a child learns. They are based on the Biblical passage Matthew 7:24-27. In a nutshell, a wise man builds the house of his life on the Rock foundation which is Christ. The foolish man builds his house upon a foundation of sand which is the foundation of man and is not stable. When the storms of...
  • Teaching: The Con Called Constructivism

    11/27/2010 12:21:30 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 7 replies ^ | Nov. 23, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here’s some background for linked YouTube video titled “HOW TO TEACH ANYTHING & EVERYTHING.”====== To keep the video under 4 minutes, there’s no background given. Teachers would know a lot of it. So these comments are directed more at parents who will be experiencing this con from a distance. One of the big developments in the last 20 years is that the Education Establishment wants to turn teachers into “facilitators.” These people won’t have to know very much because they won’t be allowed to teach very much, not in the old-fashioned sense. They will guide from the side; throw hints...
  • Flawed Pew Poll on Religious Knowledge Falsely Flatters Atheists

    10/03/2010 9:00:38 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/03/2010 | Tom Trinko
    Recently the Pew Research Foundation took a poll on religious "knowledge".  The media is spinning the results of this poll to say that atheists are more knowledgeable about religion than are those who profess to be religious. Before showing why the results of the poll don't support that conclusion let's look at what the scores were.  Atheists/Agnostics correctly answered 20.9 of the 32 questions.  Jews correctly answered 20.5 questions.  For some reason Protestants and Catholics were broken out by race while Atheists/Agnostics weren't.  In any case, Catholics averaged 16 right answers while Protestants averaged 17.6. The first thing to...
  • Survey: Americans don't know much about religion

    09/28/2010 11:55:57 AM PDT · by killermedic · 165 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 28 Sept 2010 | RACHEL ZOLL
    A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn't know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ. More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four...
  • Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans (Atheists. Agnostics Scored Highest in Bible Survey)

    09/28/2010 6:06:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 83 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 28, 2010 | Laurfie Goodstein
    Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life. On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith. Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences. “Even after all...
  • Survey: Americans don't know much about religion

    09/27/2010 10:13:02 PM PDT · by svxdave · 34 replies
    The Dailey Caller ^ | 09/28/2010 | Rachel Zoll - AP
    A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ. More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four...
  • Why Did They Kill Off Geography????

    09/02/2010 2:37:28 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 77 replies · 1+ views ^ | Aug 4, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I confess--I had never heard the phrase "the Queen of the Sciences" until a few months ago. Even when I read it, it made no sense. They seemed to be talking about geography. What was all this??? Apparently, the wise and scholarly had much more respect for geography a thousand years ago than we do now. Once you start thinking about this decline--from Queen to corpse--you gain new insight into how radical (in the worst sense) our Education Establishment is. These people never saw a fact they didn't want to drop overboard in a deep part of the ocean. So...
  • Your Choice

    08/21/2010 11:59:57 AM PDT · by DollarsTollars · 30 replies
    If you could only choose one, which would you choose having...knowledge or wisdom? And why? Could you cite historical event(s) in support of your choice? I like to read Psalms, Proverbs and Isaiah before going to bed.
  • A Man Who Took Life's Business Lemons and Made His Own Business Lemonade

    07/16/2010 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | Published July 16, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    After getting frustrated out of the lemons his problems gave him, David Miller made his own corporate lemonade. Due to the frustration of always having to call technical support to solve his own frequent hardware problems, he started taking the initiative to educate himself.
  • Magical Education and the Slide into Third-Worldism

    07/11/2010 1:35:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 11, 2010 | Robert Weissberg
    Though the U.S. is indisputably a first-world nation, this is not the typical human condition. Far more commonplace are the billions of people who, in the words of political philosopher Thomas Hobbes, live lives that are nasty, brutish, and short -- the third world. Here things work sporadically, if at all. Third-worldism might be viewed as a communicable illness, a situation often witnessed when nice neighborhoods almost overnight slide into crime-infested, trash-filled slums. So how can we spot the early warning signs of creeping third-worldism? Diligence is required, and while some outcroppings are clear -- e.g., crushing government debt to...
  • The Global University, the Future of Human Capital (Not where you went to college but what you know)

    05/05/2010 7:05:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 192+ views
    The American ^ | 05/04/2010 | Andrew Kelly
    The world is a far better place when we embrace the transnational flow of people and ideas, limit the urge to engage in academic protectionism, and expand the reach of the global meritocracy. For some Americans, references to the “global higher education market” call to mind hazy semesters spent guzzling beer in some European capital, the exceptionally intelligent Asian or South Asian classmates in a computer science course, or that sophisticated friend who went abroad to get a master’s in “Catalan Identity” (apologies to Woody Allen). Through this lens, the globalization of higher education is the process by which the...
  • The Secrets Of Dumbing-Down Revealed

    05/03/2010 2:26:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies · 1,210+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Our Education Establishment is dumbing us down. How sad, sick, and pathetic. People calling themselves “educators” devote their careers to making sure no one is educated. Everyone has heard the complaints. But the fascinating question still remains: HOW DO THEY DO IT? Is it all just bumbling incompetence or do these people have secret techniques? One familiar technique is to remove content whenever possible from the schools. All right, that technique we can see. But for many years I’ve had the sense that deeper and weirder shenanigans were going on, but I couldn’t pinpoint them. Now I think I can....