Shades of Unschooling

Meet the unschoolers is a nice introduction to unschooling. It clarifies that unschoolers may be homeschooled or may attend another school at the same time. It introduces the distinction between unschooling and radical unschooling. It helps us understand why unschooling is mostly cool but not all cool. With traditional formal education in the US, “Most … Read more Shades of Unschooling

Results from a Survey About Education

Early results based on a recent Alternative Creds Baseline Attitudinal survey. Sampled 2/26. Outline: Survey Objective and Content Findings Some Related Theory Related External Articles I. Survey Objective and Content 1.1 Objective Contribute to research on alternative credentials mainly by understanding factors affecting employer willingness to accept alternative credentials. 1.2 Content – Not in Order [Statement, not … Read more Results from a Survey About Education

Alternative Paths to Traditional Education

I’ve written quite a bit on the economics of education. My focus has been on alternative credentials. This article distinguishes a concept called an alternative path and describes the importance of that concept. Outline: Definitions Big Picture Theoretical Context Applied Macroeconomic Context Applied Microeconomic Context Concrete Examples Bottleneck Diagnosis I. Defining Alternative Credentials, Paths, and Pedagogies … Read more Alternative Paths to Traditional Education

Collecting Thoughts on Education Research

This article codifies certain thoughts related to my ongoing dissertation work. Section 1 identifies some actionable items. Section 2 notes related articles. Section I. Short Term Goals Finalize dissertation topic I am pursuing a PhD by Publication strategy. 1+ papers on the economics of alternative credentials. Specifically, I attempt to tie Udacity profile data to … Read more Collecting Thoughts on Education Research

Defining Self-Directed Learning and Unschooling

When considering alternative modes of education, self-directed learning and unschooling are two buzz words. I briefly talked with Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight and others to pin down what this means. Section 1 contains a summarized transcript and section 2 adds some thoughts. Section 1. Summarized Transcript John: Why do true believers in self-directed learning not abandon … Read more Defining Self-Directed Learning and Unschooling

Mendenhall’s ECON 410 Public Choice Final Exam

The text below is Slade Mendenhall’s ECON 410 Public Choice Final Exam. Check out his course material and website here. Great stuff! Instructions: Below are questions based on the topics that we have covered this semester. They are interpretive in nature, so while you should demonstrate knowledge of what was covered in the course, answers that … Read more Mendenhall’s ECON 410 Public Choice Final Exam

Semantics of Higher Education Appropriations

Caplan’s forthcoming The Case Against Education is a great read. It validates the signaling model applied to traditional education. It makes the case for lower federal spending on formal education as well as reduced private consumption of traditional formal higher education, such as a 4 year degree. I love the book, although I am bugged … Read more Semantics of Higher Education Appropriations

Education ABM Statement of Intent

CSS 739 Research Outline John Vandivier Structure and Objectives Section I reviews the structure of this outline and notes personal research objectives based on the class objective document submitted prior in the semester. Section II is a working outline for research. Section III identifies progress and issues to date. Research is designed to obtain three … Read more Education ABM Statement of Intent

Another Link Re Education and Irreligion

I previously argued that the argument “Education is correlated with secularism” is fallacious. This article adds another scholarly article to the pile of evidence that the aforementioned argument is fallacious. Tldr: Scientists and highly educated folks typically decide on their secularism in adolescence, before these individuals choose a career in science. This adds to an … Read more Another Link Re Education and Irreligion

The Law of Signal Conservation

This article describes a hypothetical model of signalling relevant to labor analysis. There are many such models, but a possibly unique characteristic noted here is that transactions completed on the basis of a signal may involve a constant total signalling value even while signal sources vary. Dr. Caplan is author of The Case Against Education … Read more The Law of Signal Conservation