Ologit is a Thing

I recently published a 44 page working paper to SSRN. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear a couple comments so far, and I hope they keep coming in. One friend noticed that I didn’t try an ordered logistic regression. I responded that my left-hand variable was not binary and this friend responded in more polite … Read more Ologit is a Thing

On Science and Religion

This article aggregates a few talking points on the relationship between Christianity, education, religion, and science. Ecklund and Scheitle, 2017, Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think About 36 percent of evangelicals think scientists are hostile to religion, compared to 22 percent of Americans overall, according to a 2014 study released by the American … Read more On Science and Religion

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

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

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

Identifying Key Papers in the Economics of Education

This article documents how I went about identifying key papers as a starting point in researching the economics of education. Organization: Motivation Approach Results Motivation First, let me give some motivation and background. I’m in the early stages of dissertation writing and my primary interest is in the economics of education. In particular, I am … Read more Identifying Key Papers in the Economics of Education

3 Research Questions for Degreed

Degreed is the leading aggregator of alternative credentials. Their intent is to “jailbreak the degree,” or displace the traditional 4 year bachelor’s education. Section I outlines proposed research questions, emphasizing my preferred question. Section II describes a few possible research designs. Section III notes a collection of related things I have previously written. Section I: … Read more 3 Research Questions for Degreed