We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, November 25. 2014
I see no reason why black kids could not benefit from the same sorts of disciplines and expectations that were imposed on me. It did me good and yes, I did rebel in some minor ways.
Monday, November 24. 2014
Sunday, November 23. 2014
Seems fairly easy to do but unlikely to be done unless market forces force it.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:29 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Friday, November 21. 2014
From The Truth about Evil by John Gray:
An impressive essay.
Tuesday, November 18. 2014
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Sunday, November 16. 2014
The potato is a native American food, as American as turkey. Good for your soul. I suspect my Indian ancestors made their holiday mash with Moose or Elk milk and cream. This is my Mom's delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas recipe:
1. Boil potatoes (peeled or unpeeled - I prefer peeled) in water till they're tender (when you can stick a fork in and it comes right out).
Serve, if you must, with a side of steak, roast beef, turkey, pork chops, lamb chops, or roast chicken, and daintily drizzle a reduced jus of the meat on top of your potato piece de resistance.
Can make it the day before, and warm it up later.
Friday, November 14. 2014
Common Core–The Elites Did It:
Combine arrogance, money, fancy degrees, and a top-down attitude, and this is what you get: a one-size-fits-all central plan designed for the masses by our moral and intellectual superiors whether you want it or not.
Same general philosophy as Obamacare. Or this: Liberal Masterminds Demand National Food Policy. No, that's not from The Onion.
Monday, November 10. 2014
It doesn't need satire because it satirizes itself. But in the UK, the government is considering speech permits. That is not a joke. I think it must be mostly about not pissing off their Muslims.
Saturday, November 8. 2014
Not Asian-Americans, but Asians from Asia:
Tuesday, November 4. 2014
No, I am not talking about intelligent design and all that. Also, I understand that evolutionary theories (of which there are several) say nothing about "progress," just adaptation to current conditions. It's just that I find the science and the logic of it all puzzling.
So did the fine essayist Stephen Jay Gould. I enjoyed this, but had to read it twice: Challenges to Neo- Darwinism and Their Meaning for a Revised View of Human Consciousness
Thursday, October 30. 2014
I think the whole idea of federalizing lower education was a major error. From How the Common Core Went Wrong:
Wednesday, October 29. 2014
I still don't get it: The Odds, Continually Updated
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:04 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, October 28. 2014
Is Western civilization suicidal? From We Have Met the Enemy - Some reflections on the current state of the West:
Monday, October 27. 2014
Friday, October 24. 2014
I suspect he missed a lot of interesting stuff, but he got the competency.
There are plenty of reasons for "seat time" in many areas of study, but certainly not in all. For example, there really are no valid criteria (in my view) for competency in Art History, or in history for that matter.
Here's the idea: Hacking Higher Ed With Competency-Based Education
Related, competency exams may be racially-biased via disparate impact. Here's that whole story, from Bill McMorris: How the Supreme Court Created the Student Loan Bubble - It all starts with Griggs v. Duke Power Co.
Thursday, October 23. 2014
Does Everybody Want Freedom? Most do, even those who appear to enjoy slavery.
My experience in life has taught me that many or most people would accept some form of feudalism in exchange for safety and security for themselves and their families. Serfdom, if you will.
Caught as most of us are between a job and the government, it's all still basically feudal is it not? Not what the American founders had in mind.
Monday, October 20. 2014
Danielle Henderson spent six years and $60,000 on college and beyond. The effects of that education? Not as advertised.
What was advertised?
Friday, October 17. 2014
An academic resume may matter socially, but after your first job it doesn't matter much for career. We wish strongly to believe that an elite "education" provides a foundation for more life enrichment and a dream-fulfilling career, but as time goes by I have my doubts. If you really care about intellectual enrichment, the Great Courses is all anybody needs.
Thursday, October 16. 2014
The "Gentleman's A" harms students in the end. Here's what he says:
Those As in the liberal arts used to be expensive, but now you can get them anywhere. That's why it matters to do math and physics - to show what you really have under the hood.
Monday, October 13. 2014
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