Updating a Paper on Perceived Skill Gaps

I updated this article with stream notes following the streaming of part 6 and part 7. View the saved stream on Twitch or YouTube. Twitch also has some short highlight clips: Contra Carr: You Can’t Write a Publishable Paper in a Weekend College Doesn’t Signal Better Work Ethic. Work History Does. Using Grammarly to Improve … Read more Updating a Paper on Perceived Skill Gaps

Measures and Psychology of Evil

Getting a large amount of quality data on evil people is hard to do. Case studies about people regarded as evil may be insightful, but the sample size is low and one wonders about other data reliability problems such as the authorship of history by the victor and the problems of popular science. Survey methods … Read more Measures and Psychology of Evil

A Dissertation Update

I have been working on a PhD at George Mason University since Fall 2015. This article summarizes current progress. I began working on the dissertation in 2018. GMU has a useful progress tracking tool here. The deadline to advance to candidacy is 6 years, so I’m pushing that. To graduate has a deadline of 9 … Read more A Dissertation Update

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