Berto Jongman: Flawed Terrorism Research Driving Flawed Counterterrorism Programs? PBI: Or Just Plain Dishonesty?

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Is Flawed Terrorism Research Driving Flawed Counterterrorism Policies?

More than thirteen years after the U.S. intelligence community named the prevention of terrorism its number one goal, it seems to have little understanding of what drives terrorism, or how to counter it. And, if the recently increasing criticism is correct, the government’s investment in academic terrorism research isn’t helping. It may be because the government is continuing to fund research supporting discredited theories of terrorist radicalization, rather than objective empirical analyses.

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Apr 8

Patrick Dunleavy: Academic Blogging Helps Research

Patrick Dunleavy

Patrick Dunleavy

Academic blogging gets your work and research out to a potentially massive audience at very, very low cost and relative amount of effort. 

Shorter, better, faster, free: Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated

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Jan 1

JZ Liszkiewicz: Free Book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

Jason "JZ" Liszkiewicz

Jason “JZ” Liszkiewicz

In the process of gathering this information two beliefs that most Americans hold in common became clear:

1) If a child can read, write and compute at a reasonably proficient level, he will be able to do just about anything he wishes, enabling him to control his destiny to the extent that God allows (remain free);

2) Providing such basic educational proficiencies is not and should not be an expensive proposition.

Since most Americans believe the second premise—that providing basic educational proficiencies is not and should not be an expensive proposition—it becomes obvious that it is only a radical agenda, the purpose of which is to change values and attitudes (brainwash), that is the costly agenda. [Emphasis added.]

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1 THE SOWING OF THE SEEDS: 1 late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

2 THE TURNING OF THE TIDES: 7 early twentieth century

3 THE TROUBLING THIRTIES 17

4 THE FOMENTATION 27 of the forties and fifties

5 THE SICK SIXTIES: 55 psychology and skills

6 THE SERIOUS SEVENTIES 93 7 THE “EFFECTIVE” EIGHTIES 159

8 THE NOXIOUS NINETIES 265

Free Book in PDF Form, and More, Below the Fold

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Oct 5

Michael Kearnes: Venture Capitalists Are Poised to “Disrupt” Everything About the Education Market

Michael S. Kearns

Michael S. Kearns

Venture Capitalists Are Poised to “Disrupt” Everything About the Education Market

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Next year, the market size of K-12 education is projected to be $788.7 billion. And currently, much of that money is spent in the public sector. “It’s really the last honeypot for Wall Street,” says Donald Cohen, the executive director of In the Public Interest, a think tank that tracks the privatization of roads, prisons, schools and other parts of the economy.

That might be changing soon as barriers to investment are rapidly fading. As Eric Hippeau, a partner with Lerer Ventures, the venture capital firm behind viral entertainment company BuzzFeed and several education start-ups, has argued, despite the opposition of “unions, public school bureaucracies, and parents,” the “education market is ripe for disruption.”

Hippeau’s vision is the growing sentiment among investors. Education technology firms secured a record $1.25 billion in investments across 378 deals in 2013, while analysts predict that number will continue to surge this year. Since 2010, Moe has led what has been billed as the premiere education investment conference, which takes place annually in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first year attracted around 370 people and 55 presenting companies. This year, that number soared to over 2,000 with over 290 presenting companies and speeches by luminaries including former Governor Jeb Bush, Magic Johnson and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. One of the largest start-ups, a Herndon, Virginia–based company called K12 Inc., a for-profit largely online charter chain, posted nearly $1 billion in annual revenue for its last fiscal year in August.

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Oct 3