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13 April 2024

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scenes

I was just considering dumbing-down of testing and teaching over time. Naturally, the Wine Karens running the country know what the problem is (and was), the white patriarchy, but ignoring them for a moment, I wonder how tied together it all is with this statistic:


https://www.statista.com/statistics/184260/educational-attainment-in-the-us/

My gut tells me that you have to simplify high school in order to achieve higher graduation rates. No doubt the Randi Weingartens of the world are using it all as a screen for achieving social/political ends...besides, you get the extra-special goodness of using the better kids to drag up the shitty kids (and ignoring the converse effect)...but if you reach for a metric, the Iron Laws of Unintended Consequences are bound to edge their way in.

As a side note, if you are going to triple the college graduation rate since 1980, you probably need to invent beaucoup bogus degrees with lower standards.

Gregory

Statista is an interesting site:
https://www.statista.com/statistics/300418/us-college-ranking-sat-act-score/

Don Bessee

At every turn the chose wrong -

EXCLUSIVEAmerica's fight to save handwriting from extinction as IQs begin to fall for first time ever and teachers warn some 20-year-olds can't sign checks anymore
Americans reported they hadn't written a note or personal letter in five years
People are having a hard time reading their own and others' handwriting
Studies show writing can increase the brain's cognitive abilities

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-13273363/handwriting-extinction-IQs-begin-fall.html

;-)

scenes

"Studies show writing can increase the brain's cognitive abilities"

There's been a lot of studies on that one for years.

It doesn't matter. Some teacher/administrator/school board somewhere is going to buy a shit-ton of laptops and single-handedly make that urban high school smarter and more well-behaved by having the youths make PowerPoint presentations. For one thing, it appears that school perfessionals got a bit of instant status by doing lots of handwaving about computers and kids and girls-who-code and whatnot.

It just occurred to me that you can tell just how much bullshit there is in an idea by looking at the growth of non-profits in that area. Outside of animal shelters, which naturally take advantage of the human tendency to view puppies and kittens as babies, it's probably not a bad approximation for nonsense. There's still work involved in non-useful work but then, pimpin' ain't easy.

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