The Solution

I've got the solution. I know how to fix education in America. Just close the schools. Take the $10,000 to $25000 per pupil the government spends and give it back to people to educate their own children! Or better: Reinvest it. The government can use it as a tax subsidy to give to businesses so that they can 1. Give every employee a day off so they can help educate children--say people formed small groups and rotated days they spent with the kids, taking them to parks, museums, shows, etc. So what’s the money for? The businesses can hire another staffer to fill in for the people who are missing a regular day’s work. Look at me I'm a job creator! People will take days off from work an

The Hand Saw Metaphor

Anyone who has ever worked with wood in their life has used a handsaw. Even if you've only ever tried one once, you know what it feels like to use it. You start a groove. You push and pull the saw. You cuss and swear at it and you begin to sweat as it gets stuck in the groove as you try to cut. Our Society has tried to remedy this problem by inventing circular saws, jigsaws, reciprocating saws, table saws, et al. in order to make this process of cutting wood easier. In the hands of highly trained professionals with years of practice, these are highly effective tools. In the hands of an amatuer, they are often great tools for making more mistakes more efficiently. Couple that with the w

Measuring Adultness

Through every endless debate on whether or not it’s possible to measure learning and if we can’t will we be able to, rarely do we consider the larger concept. First off I’ve got to thank Chuck Klosterman’s new book, But What If We’re Wrong for directly inspiring this thought, in which he ruminates on the possibility that we as a race are wrong on what intelligence is entirely. It brought to mind a reality about school at which we often don’t look closely, if we do at all. School does not measure how smart we are. It measures adultness. By any measure in our society this is true: our general measures of intelligence (and most of our scientific ones) are almost uniquely measures of how like