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.]

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

2 THE TURNING OF THE TIDES: 7 early twentieth century


4 THE FOMENTATION 27 of the forties and fifties

5 THE SICK SIXTIES: 55 psychology and skills



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


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

SchwartzReport: References to Civil Disobedience Being Censored Out of US History Classes

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is the latest on the Willful Ignorance Trend. American schools are under attack from the Theocratic Right, who literally want to rewrite history, and get it taught the way they want. This is some very good news about that trend. Real pushback. But how many schools do you think will do this? Still it’s my favorite story of the week.

Colorado Students Walk Out to Protest Conservative ‘Censorship’ of AP History

In Tuesday, hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado walked out of classes this week to protest conservative censorship of the national Advanced Placement U.S. history class curriculum.

According to the Denver Post, students and teachers are protesting the removal of all mentions of civil disobedience from texts and classroom materials intended for the teaching of AP U.S. history.

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Tensions have run high in Jefferson County schools since three conservative candidates were elected to the school board. These new board members have suggested an extensive rewrite of the way history is taught to the area’s students to a model they believe is more patriotic.

The right-leaning board-members said they believe history teachers should teach nationalism, respect for authority and reverence for free markets. They should avoid teaching any historical events or acts that promote ‘civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

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Sep 24