via Ace Your Exams: Study Tactics of the Successful Gentleman Scholar | The Art of Manliness, a bunch of great study tips. I’m going to implement some of them with the kids, and some on myself. Two of my favorites are:
Apply the 45/15 rule. People can focus on something for a solid 45 minute block before their brains start getting pooped and antsy, and their mental performance starts to diminish. To keep your brain running on all six cylinders, implement the 45/15 rule, or Pomodoro Technique. Under the 45/15 rule, you work nonstop for 45 minutes, and all your focus is on the task at hand for that block of time. When the 45 minutes is up, take a break for 15.
Read actively. When you read, read actively. Highlight, underline, and write notes in the margins. This will ready you for any class discussion or questions from the professor. Also, actively reading simply helps you better retain the information.
If I read and write something, I’m much more likely to remember it, and it keeps me from daydreaming through a book.
And taking regular breaks is just mandatory!
Looking at the chart, apparently, we’re willing to spend a Metric Buttload:
Slate.com vs. Tea-Party/Christians/Bachmann | Cato @ Liberty.
Perhaps the problem here is that, in all of the education policy community’s obsession with test scores and dollars, we’ve lost sight of what school choice should ultimately be about: freedom. It should be about creating an education system that allows people to choose for themselves what values they will embrace and how they will live, not one that allows the state to dictate — either through hard compulsion or soft bribery — those things. Giving the state that power, though the state might employ it only rarely or gently, is still ultimately giving the state authority over our thoughts and expressions, and that is the basis for, potentially, a most thorough of tyrannies.
Of course, the whole reason government is involved in education is to control what people learn, how they learn it, and whom they learn it from. And to a great extent, this is so the corporations and unions in the education market can guarantee their place at the funding trough.
via Will Indiana School Choice Infringe Upon Liberty? | Cato @ Liberty.
Oh boy this is good reading:
Are these children all stupid? Are they all retards? No! What’s stupid is the educational system that cannot do for them what my father was able to do without any help other than another student his own age!
I have been thinking about education in America while reading a book that is both entertaining because of its felicitous writing and depressing because of what the author imparts. In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic by Professor X ($25.95, Viking) is a look into the bowels of probably every community college in America and probably quite a few four-year universities.
“Fully 50% of community college students drop out before their second year and only 25% manage to finish the two-year program in three years.” Let that soak in. Of those that made it through four years, 66% left with considerable debt, the top 10% owing $44,500 or more; 50% owing at least $20,000.
Too often, these schools of so-called higher education are just money-mills producing debt-ridden human sausage.
People in government look upon education and home ownership as a cargo cult – they think if you somehow get lots of people to have college degrees and to own homes, then we’ll have a robust middle class. Since politicians don’t work, they don’t understand that it is actually a person’s own industry which drives him to get a college degree, work hard, provide for his family, and buy a home, which makes a strong middle class.
Either that, or the cycling of academics through education and government facilitated by the Council on Foreign Relations causes politicians to do whatever they can to get more money to their pals in education, enabling institutions of learning to become the largest landowners in their areas, and havens of like-minded group-think and brainwashing.
via Making Too Many Americans Stupid by Alan Caruba.
Bill Walker wrote a nifty little essay on how the US spends the most on public education, with some of the worst results. If you don’t like numbers, I’ll skip to the end for you:
Of course the moral and practical solution is to leave education to the free market. Parents would pay for their own children, voluntary charity would pick up for the children of the unlucky or improvident few. There would be as many educational options as there are children.
But the debate today is framed by the Department of Education and the teachers’ unions. They constantly shriek that “education needs more money.” Fine. As a first step, let’s just agree with them. Education does need more money… and the only way to get more money for actual education is to give it to the parents, not the bureaucracy. Let the NEA explain why it’s OK for politicians’ (and NEA members’) children to go to private schools, but the children of working people have to go to some of the lowest-quality public schools in the developed world….
And pay more for it.
via US Education: Show Us the Money! by Bill Walker.