Sepp Hasslberger: Peer Review Does Not Work

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Peer review, instead of helping science stay on track, is actually retarding real progress.

The peer review drugs don’t work

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Peer review is anti-innovatory because it is a process that depends on approval by exponents of the current orthodoxy.   . . .   Perhaps the biggest argument against the peer review of completed studies is that it simply isn’t needed. With the World Wide Web everything can be published, and the world can decide what’s important and what isn’t. This proposition strikes terror into many hearts, but with so much poor-quality science published what do we have to lose?

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Jul 15

SchwartzReport: Most School Kids Have No Clue How Government Works (Or Does Not Work)

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

How long can a democracy endure when its children don’t even know what a democracy is. I agree with Justice Sandra Day O Connor when she says, the results are “truly frightening, and demonstrate that we must put the same emphasis on these subjects that we are putting on math and science.” The only additional comment I would make is that if we are emphasizing science and math, we are doing a dreadful job of it. American school children rank very low in the developed world on either science or math.

Most U.S. Middle-School Kids Don’t Know How Government Works

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Apr 30

SchwartzReport: Asking the Rich for 1.5 Percent

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I am continually struck by the social damage done to the human societies of the Earth because of the abounding grotesque economic inequities. Just look at the United States: There are numerous CEOs making more in an hour than a skilled craftsman whose work may become historically significant can make in a lifetime. And particularly I do not understand why it is not generally understood that seeing that children are fed and educated will change things for the better for everyone.

Every Kid on Earth Could Go to School If the World’s 1,646 Richest People Gave 1.5 Percent

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Nov 7

SchwartzReport: Charter Education, Public Dollars, Ideological Outcomes

Categories: 04 Education
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The Charter School Movement, whatever it might have intended in the beginning, has become something of a racket. Like all privatization movements it is about finding a way to tap the public treasury to make profit. Unfortunately, what it was supposed to deliver has not panned out — improved education for children.  Note particularly the involvement of the Koch brothers. For close to a decade they have been exploring ways to use their money to bias the education of children to their worldview on the theory that if they can get them young they can mold them to support the policies they espouse.

How Public Education Dollars Are Flowing Into For-Profit Companies

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Oct 21

Berto Jongman: Outernet Provides Data Offline

Categories: 04 Education
Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Outernet aims to provide data to the net unconnected

“When you talk about the internet, you talk about two main functions – communication and information access,” he told the BBC. “It’s the communication part that makes it so expensive.” So, Outernet focuses instead on information. The project aims to create a “core archive” of the world’s most valuable knowledge, culled from websites including Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg, a collection of copyright-free e-books. This would be updated on roughly a monthly basis.

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Oct 15