Anti-intellectualism and fake news aside, we’re fomenting a slide towards idiocracy. There are some basic things we can do to slow that slide. The staff here is guilty of thinking inside safe space opinion bubbles. They’re hard to pop when you think you have the right info. We need to rebuild public discourse from a more basic and easily agreed to truths.
It’s time to promote and reward the learning of basic civics lessons. What a wonderful moment to see that STEM isn’t the only field of value to society.
STEM (STEAM too) exacerbated the fake news issue we are feeling so acutely, but as the writer points out, the real problem is that most folks don’t have a sufficient grasp of civic fundamentals.
How can we expect people to see through the propaganda and marketing if they never learned basic functions of our government, etc.
We’re With Stupid https://nyti.ms/2jz6NUS
We need more medium skill jobs that don’t require college degrees.
a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs. As the United States struggles with how to match good jobs to the two-thirds of adults who do not have a four-year college degree, his experience shows how a worker’s skills can be emphasized over traditional hiring filters like college degrees, work history and personal references. And elevating skills over pedigree creates new pathways to employment and tailored training and a gateway to the middle class.
A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree https://nyti.ms/2tj8E36
We make this point all the time. It’s what’s essentially wrong with the arguments that come from Thomas Friedman and the World is Flat crowd.
Education does not work for everyone and it can’t be our only solution to inequality.
Some people just can’t be educated out of their circumstances. Humanity is beset with a capability gap which only evolution can undue. We need better solutions if we’re going to make the world a more equitable and just place.
If we really want to address issues of inequality and economic insecurity, there are a lot of other policies that we have to pursue besides or at least in addition to education policies, and that part of the debate has been totally lost. Raising the minimum wage, or providing a guaranteed income, which the last time we talked seriously about that was in the late 1960’s, increasing workers’ bargaining power, making tax policies more progressive—things like that are going to be much more effective at addressing inequality and economic security than education policies.
So we have this strange situation where we’re trying to address educational inequality while economic inequality is expanding in ways that make educational inequality even worse.
Often overlooked in the education improvement equation.
Most other knowledge-based professions, he added, pay more attention to grooming leaders than education does.
Want to Fix Schools? Go to the Principal’s Office https://nyti.ms/2m9jh1Q
Troubling times can often be when we most need to listen to dissenting voices.
We can argue about colleges paying speakers with repugnant ideas, but otherwise we need to be a bit more tolerant of the voices of the deplorables and others.
They would be the first to squash our voices given the chance, so we have to out class them.
Smothering Speech at Middlebury https://nyti.ms/2n9v0NT
Wow. A Spectacular lapse by the Federal government. ITT profited for 17 years after the gov knew it was being defrauded. A textbook example of corporate defenders in our government.
Not everybody was a loser in this tale, of course. Going through ITT’s financial filings from 2000 to 2016, I found that the company generated over $12 billion in revenue, roughly 70 percent of it in government-backed student aid.
Beginning in 2001, with George W. Bush in the White House and Republicans ruling the House of Representatives, the winds were shifting in favor of for-profit colleges.
A Whistle Was Blown on ITT; 17 Years Later, It Collapsed http://nyti.ms/2esW0We
Just before the door hit him in the butt Obama repeated wisdom the country just doesn’t ready to absorb.
Technology is the problem with jobs not globalization. There will be more woe caused by automation than jobs lost to China.
The solutions suggested always seem to be the same: education, retraining, be smarter, work smarter, blah, blah blah.
Hopefully hearing it from the soon to be Mr. O will help it get more traction.
The White House proposed enrolling more 4-year-olds in preschool and making two years of community college free for students, as well as teaching more skills like computer science and critical thinking. For people who have already lost their jobs, it suggested expanding apprenticeships and retraining programs, on which the country spends half what it did 30 years ago.
A Darker Theme in Obama’s Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us https://nyti.ms/2jAdWPl