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October 02, 2003
Link fest

Okay it's time I tried one of those link fests.

Here are the rules. No quoting, because then it would take too long. No education blogs it has to be stuff about education on other blogs. And nothing I've already noticed and linked to from here, which means no Alice Bachini, ASI blog or Stephen Pollard, because I've linked to them several times from here recently.

So, in (reverse) chronological order, because that way I don't have to make it logical:

October 1st Andrew Medworth is going back to college, and it's no mean college.

September 30th Natalie Solent reflects on a short story published in 1937 about the mismanagement of Arkansas schools by Evil Capitalists.

September 30th Colby Cosh reflects on what testing can and cannot do for the teaching of English writing.

September 29th David Farrer writes about muddles in Scotland to do with scrapping school league tables.

September 29th While I'm in the linking to other blogs mood, I've been neglecting to mention here that I did a Culture Blog piece based on the Txt-ing habits of The Goddaughter, who can write standard English but enjoys not doing so.

September 27 Aaron Haspel says cut down on blog reading by ignoring anyone who writes too much about their own children. Lilexia, he calls it, naming and linking to the inventor of the concept (not him). Personally I now like the Gnat stuff, even though I'm childless. Perhaps that's because I know I can switch it off in mid-sentence if it ever gets tedious. He doesn't like it.

September 23rd Andy Duncan predicts that if posh universities are told to discriminate against the posh, posh people will put their poshspring into scumbag schools for the final year, and get them into a posh university that way. Last Sunday's Sunday Times said that this is now happening.

September 2nd Excellent Friedrich Blowhard piece called Genetics, Environment and IQ. IQ can be quite profoundly influenced by environment. But how? Very good discussion, and excellent links to key articles. Don't miss the comments. I missed the whole thing first time around.

August 6th Jackie at au courant has educational things to say about TV, and also says that gays shouldn't be segregated but that the people who bully them should be.

August 1st The nearest to any educational stuff I could find chez Alan Little (a recent commenter and graphic helper-out at my Culture Blog which got me looking at his) was a reference to Photoshop tutorials. (Warning, AL is another Lilexia sufferer.)

July 2nd Patrick Crozier quotes A. N. Wilson on the failure of British state education, and on the success of its private sector and voluntary predecessors. 92 percent literacy? Now? No, that was 1870.

That'll have to do for the moment. Now I know why I don't do link fests more often.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 09:48 PM
Category: This and that

Well, Friedrich's piece was cherry picking par excellence. Mention of Mr Flynn and his magical but elusive multipliers brings one up sharp against reality. And an average quotient for the year 2000 Dutch Army of 120 is just plain wrong. By some margin the world's highest average IQ belongs to Ashkenazic Jews and is 116. Dutch Army potato peelers do not look down from a higher intellectual plain upon yer average Jewish brain surgeons and legal eagles.

It was a nice try but, as always with the pro-environmental argument, it's just wrong. That doesn't mean that exercising the brain - Friedrich's other idea - is unproductive. It is highly productive. The answer viz-a-vis the underclass, therefore, is getting them to junk MTV and the soaraway Sun in favour of some challenging brain food (like this blog, Brian, and maybe even some of those fatty acids you gave us the other day!).

Comment by: Guessedworker on October 5, 2003 05:32 PM

re. the quote by A N Wilson -92% literacy in the UK in 1870. Apparently it was the same in the US, with 92% literacy rate before state schooling was established.

Comment by: Susan Godsland on October 8, 2003 03:57 PM
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