College scandal's big lesson: College educations are worthless
"Look closely enough, and you’ll see another shocking yet unsurprising lesson of this all: College education isn’t all that valuable. Think about what was involved here. The most brazen cheating here involved wealthy parents getting smarter kids to take their own children’s SATs, or else bribing proctors to correct the tests after they were completed."
If this is the case, why bother? This is four wasted years and a huge waste of money.
Colleges and universities, especially the small liberal arts colleges are facing an existential crisis. I do not have the answer to that crisis, but I can offer a bit of insight into ideas which could be used to make the college experience more valuable.
1. Colleges need to eliminate the problem of professors teaching what they want and to test what they teach not on the entire subject matter.
We all have read the stories of professors spending half of all the class time indoctrinating students in socialism, or other nonsense, failing to cover the material adequately, then testing softly on what little material they covered. The administrations feed into this because they have adopted the mindset that the student is customer and customer is king, so when students want lowered expectations and lowered workloads, they get them. This dumbing down of college education has made them all but worthless.
The cure is to separate the teaching of the material from the testing of the material. Schools should provide professors to teach the material, while the university should provide a comprehensive test for the material taught. The only test which matters should be the final; the rest of the tests should be for practical experience and should consist of all prior final exams.
2. Testing for the majority of courses should be uniform. This would allow for a direct comparison between students test scores between one university and another.
If a group of small colleges and universities, or a separate entity altogether were to offer tests to all comers and offer college credits for those taking the tests, they could revolutionize education. There is no reason not to allow anyone to take college course proficiency tests whether they were self-instructed or instructed by a university professor.
By making these changes, students would become more aligned with education and not with the idea of credentialing. They would desire high-quality professors not just easy grading professors.
This would create a problem outside of STEM since these areas have long lost any component of quality. The universities would need to decide what quality means concerning the social sciences and other schools of study. They would have to do this in a world where employers have a say, and students demand results. This would be a revitalizing boon to higher education and could save it.
Jeb Bush: "I think someone should run" against Trump in GOP 2020 primaries
"Former Florida governor and failed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told CNN’s David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, that a Republican should challenge President Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination for president.
Jeb’s reasoning, apparently, is that only by running a GOP challenge to the sitting and duly-elected president can the GOP have a “conversation about what it is to be a conservative.'"
Jeb is little more than a different shade of progressive. There is a reason why the Bush family voted for Hillary Clinton at the last election, they are progressives and want the continuation of the corrupt progressive model.
Trump terrifies the progressive Republicans. If he is successful, their control of the Republican Party will be forever broken, and they will be powerless.
I like Trump because he is Leviathan Godzilla intent on destroying those who set about to destroy him. He is determined to destroy the establishment Republicans and the progressive Democrats. There seems to be little hope for these groups; Trump is simply too persuasive, talented and determined.
Success is simpler than most understand. It does not require high intelligence, an elite education, or even high falutin' connections. Sure, those can help, but they cannot guarantee success.
To be successful, you must do. Being busy is not the same as doing. In the video below, the woman is always busy, but she does nothing, she is constantly distracted by the next bit of nonsense or frippery.
It does not matter if you get up early in the morning or work late in the evening or both. What matters is you accomplish and work to be increasingly efficient in your work habits. The reason to work and work hard at an entry-level job and all of your jobs is to become efficient at being productive, and accomplishing.
There is an idea I learned from a Navy SEAL, whatever you are doing, you are only performing at about 40% of your capacity. At first, I thought he meant that I was only working at 40% that day. So I told him how I had become more productive at job after job. He smiled and said, "True, but you are still only at 40% of your capacity." It took me a while to realize that what he was saying was true and extraordinarily powerful.
He was telling me I was inefficient, and I needed to sharpen up, work harder, focus more, and be diligent, and I could improve. He was also telling me I had the potential for infinite productivity. This is where I get blowback, but infinite is the correct answer.
Bill Gates is not a little more productive than you; he is infinitely more productive than you, me too. And yet, he is only achieving at 40% of his potential, as are you, as am I.
Build your success muscle, focus on a task, achieve, then move on. Over time become better at doing, achieving, and expand your productivity, your ability, and ultimately your success.
Don't fall for the busy trap, and become busy but unproductive.
One of the shocks of my life was understanding that the work world today cultivates busy but not productivity. This is a deadly trap. Do anything necessary to stay out of this trap.
EU: Telling Europeans What To Think
The peoples of the EU are not so sure they want to be ruled.
America did much to attract all of the innovative, adventurous, entrepreneurial Europeans during our infancy. It worked quite well in Western Europe, but not as well in Central and Eastern Europe. And, so, we see the people who do not want to be ruled in Central and Eastern Europe. Godspeed!
Nicaragua in Hell: Daniel Ortega’s Terrifying Crackdown | National Review
There are always those willing to rule those who want to be ruled. This is, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil are the outcomes of wanting to be ruled above all else. Welcome to hell.
Connecticut Supreme Court Makes War On Civil Rights
They want to eliminate most of the Bill of Rights as it stands in the way of their desired goals. Is this what you want?
The Champs Elysees becomes a war zone again
The Americans are not coming, and it seems only the Americans and the Germans can keep France under control for any period of time.
Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California and others all among the defendants named in the suit
More cracks appear in the facade of higher education. The corruption is endless and so will be the lawsuits.