Public Education—Laugh, Cry, Wonder

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

    Today, we will enjoy some examples of public education. The first comes from a textbook in compliance with Common Core Standards. Naturally, none of this is, a) designed for teaching and, b) tested on students before being used with them. “ If an educational program is not designed to teach, it’s designed to annoy.” 

     Good example of my contention that education is a long, really expensive IQ test.

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    The next is a “fact” from the “fact file” concerning the treatment of “Native Americans.” It is neither factual nor logical. I quote:

“FACT FILE—Over 100 million Indians were believed to have died due to disease between 1500 and 1900. Often, more than half of tribe members would be dead with days of contacting the white man.”

   Two things—If 100 million Indians were alive at any point between 1500 and 1900, I will be astonished. According to the “FACT FILE”, 100 million was the number killed by disease. There were even more, apparently. The second, is that the white men meeting the Indians must have been equipped with biological and ordnance so effective that they had them long before they were invented.

    Pointless and vague questions and questionable facts. I’m impressed. Remember that the next time public education talks about their “world-class” system.

Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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