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Presence of Mind by Edward Cline

Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins by Joshua M. Dunn

Educational Wastelands: The Retreat from Learning in Our Public Schools by Author Bestor

also see:  Van Damme Academy’s YouTube channel

The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics by David Harriman

also see: TheLogicalLeap.com

Cultural Literacy:  What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch Jr

Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works by Newt Gingrich

To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine by Newt Gingrich

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and John Cox

The Clue Train Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by Rick Levine, et al

The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro

The Objective Standard

also see, “The Curious Life of Richard Feynman” by Daniel Wahl & “Herman Boerhaave: The Nearly Forgotten Father of Modern Medicine” by Richard G. Parker

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  1. what are your thoughts about national standards in education and performance pay of teachers ? Do you these are viable options ?

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  2. Jim

    November 29, 2010 at 10:47 pm


    Re: National Standards, I have only seen this asserted as an arbitrary without any evidence from reality to support it as a policy solution; therefore, I dismiss it out of hand. If I come across any effort to support that policy with evidence from reality, then I think I could make short work of any such effort based upon evidence and objective principle.

    Re: performance pay for teachers, I take the critics at their word; the public school system is not capable of measuring performance and giving rewards based upon merit. Given the educrats’ confession that they can not do so for themselves, is it any wonder that they fail to do so objectively with our students?

    Re: viability of these options, in the current context of public and progressive education, these will not work. It amounts to moving the deck chairs while the Titanic is sinking. The current public debate amounts to “Given that we can’t do what should be done, will tweaking these other non-critical issues resolve the problem?” Such non sequiturs are the reason why public education, and other forms of non-objective law, continuously requires “reform”.

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  3. Jim

    November 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    The above question and reply have been reported to The Prometheus Inquiry blog http://prometheusinquiry.blogspot.com/2010/11/mailbag-national-standards-and-merit.html .

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