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Friday, July 11, 2014

The "State Licensing" Scam is Exposed by Khan Academy

I saw this on Gary North's site, and I think he is right.  The Education Establishment will be the last bastion of the Progressive Era to fall, and the signs are already here:

"For over a century, there has been a mass illusion that has been fostered by beneficiaries of tax money. This money has gone to teachers and educators. This illusion is as follows: state certification necessary to be a good teacher.

This illusion has been basic to the creation of the teachers' union. It is this commitment to what is laughingly known as professionalism that has been the basis of legal barriers to entry. Progressive educators fostered this illusion early in the 20th century. They created a theory of education out of whole cloth, except this whole cloth was tattered cloth. There was never any scientific or any other kind of evidence that indicated that going through a teacher-training program designed by men and women on college faculties would in any way improve the education of children.

This is a classic case of people who had little or no personal experience in teaching school children, who sat down and designed a series of theories about what it takes to teach children. The theories kept changing. There were always rival theories. But they all had this in common: most of the people teaching these theories in university classrooms had never had personal experience or success in teaching school children.

This is the classic example of how universities work. People who teach in MBA programs have never owned businesses. People who teach psychology have never worked as full-time psychologists. Professors get themselves licensed by their own group, few of whom have had any experience in the free market, where profit and loss determine who survives and who fails. Then, having created a state-mandated barrier to entry, they earn above-market wages paid by taxpayers. This starts at the university level, and then it moves down to the very lowest levels of the educational system.

It is all a farce."

Salman Khan has singlehandedly shown that the establishment opinion, the approved opinion, the opinion that you're supposed to have - is wrong.  Khan has no teaching credentials.  He never took one of those idiotic state exams that certifies you as a 'qualified' public school teacher.  Yet, he has 10 million students.  This in your face dismantling and refutation of the educational process spells the end of the system.  I'm guessing it will be within 10 years that what we see today will be unrecognizable.  It is already starting.  You can see it here:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Public vs. Private

I discuss here why my public school world is disgusting and physically unkempt, whereas my private sector summer job is immaculate and spectacularly clean. The idea that employers and employees have some 'skin in the game' and can be fired has a lot to do with the difference in attitude and cleanliness among within the institutions.

Naturally, this is an unsanctioned opinion.  Ask your teacher about the glories of the Public Sector - he may even say that the public sector is necessary and that the private sector is greedy and rapacious.  You shouldn't tolerate that level of ignorance from your instructor - it is the private sector that funds the public sector. My take here is that in the private sector people generally act normal - in the public sector they act like slobs, because they can.

You may be wondering why the mountains of evidence never alter the opinions of the adults in your life.  It is because they have no principles.  Unfortunately, I've found that adults who identify with the 'left' are impervious to fact.  They acknowledge nothing.  The public sector vs. private sector debate is one of those instances.