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Penmanship, Through the Looking Glass

Cursive handwriting is, I submit, linked significantly to the human brain. Logic might indicate that it is simply a pattern reflecting thought unique to a particular brain but my own experience leads me to conclude that handwriting is a complete … Continue reading

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Recruiting New Exiles For Mars

Ray Bradbury was ordinary flesh and blood, but he had a magic mind and there were certain similarities between his life and my own. Born in Illinois to a telephone lineman and his Swedish immigrant wife, Bradbury grew up in … Continue reading

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Politics and Culture

I was motivated to think about politics, culture and the human condition this morning by two seemingly unrelated news items. Joplin’s Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is a small, expensive private el-hi, attended for the most part by the children … Continue reading

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A Solution To The Urchin Problem?

When I first saw a TV news item about Newt Gingrich’s advocating that children do some menial labor in school to teach them the merits of work and responsibility, my reaction was one of approval. I myself held part time … Continue reading

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Problem Productivity

When I recently delved into the problem of productivity, i.e., producing more with fewer people, the Erstwhile Conservative, Duane Graham, produced a survey of the literature in a remarkably short period of time, one which indicates that many smart people … Continue reading

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What Would Socrates Say?

I have attended many classes in my seven decades of life, twelve years of primary school, four of college and the equivalent of two for post-graduate.  Maybe that is enough to have an opinion about the notion that education is … Continue reading

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Student Loan, Leech on Society?

In a previous post I asserted that the quality of a college degree is more a function of talent and work ethic than it is of instructional quality, and that universities are basically selling prestige and a monopolistic imprimatur.  The … Continue reading

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The Giant Talent Filtering Machine

Two of our sons (they happen to be identical twins) went to the University of Kansas in the mid-80’s and majored in accounting.  They and we were somewhat surprised to find a course requirement not present in some other schools’ … Continue reading

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Make My Day, Sweathogs!

Local blogger, Duane Graham, “The Erstwhile Conservative”, recently posted on government involvement in education, raising interesting points that deserve a public conversation. While I do not believe that unionization is good for the education profession, teachers have my full sympathy.  … Continue reading

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What If The Navy Went On Strike?

Prompted by the contentious political battle now playing out in Wisconsin between state government and the teachers’ union I now submit a question that is sure to be controversial.  What would happen to the condition of schools in Wisconsin, or … Continue reading

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