Grit Research is Alive and Well

“True Grit…” by Rimfeld et al (2016) is a current and well received paper. It also gives academic credibility to a rumor I’ve heard around the GMU campus. The rumor is that the personality trait called grit which was pioneered by Duckworth has reached a dead end as a research program. The present article disagrees … Read more Grit Research is Alive and Well

Why Grit Matters More Than IQ

“Hard work beats talent that doesn’t work hard.” That’s an old saying my coach would always tell the football team. That notion is captured by Duckworth’s equations in the early chapters of Grit: talent * effort = skill skill * effort = achievement Is IQ talent or skill? That’s actually a deeper question than it … Read more Why Grit Matters More Than IQ

On the Apparent Link Between Atheism and Intelligence

This article points out problems with the apparent link between atheism and intelligence, provides reason to think that strength of belief in Christianity may be correlated with intelligence, and reminds people that intelligence is at best a weak indicator on whether or not atheism is true and Christianity is false. Let’s start with this typical … Read more On the Apparent Link Between Atheism and Intelligence

Programming Skills Flow Chart

This flow chart represents the way I took to get where I am in programming. I think this path was very easy and I highly recommend this approach. You can start with no knowledge at all and end up a web or application developer! I think getting to basic web/app developer can occur in as … Read more Programming Skills Flow Chart

School Choice and Zero Tolerance

Tyack and Cuban state that the only constant in education is reform. They make this simple argument a little more sophisticated by noting that not all reforms are the same. Some are adopted quickly and others are adopted more slowly. Some last a short while and others last longer. Some reforms are themselves reformed and … Read more School Choice and Zero Tolerance

Two Disruptive New Precedents in Higher Education

This article will cover two new trends in higher education which may disrupt the institution of higher education in the US and elsewhere. I cover education reform, as an institution not only as a public policy, quite often. In one article I specifically mention that MOOCs provide an new model of education with significant benefits … Read more Two Disruptive New Precedents in Higher Education

Why We Need Economic Education

Economics affects everyone in both personal and collective ways. Understanding economics can help you increase your income, decrease your spending and improve your quality of life all at the same time. Moreover, it can allow a society as a whole to do the same thing. These are some of the reasons people need an education … Read more Why We Need Economic Education

Another Improvement for Degreed: Material Detection

This article is on a way improve the education evaluation service offered by Degreed. The issue is that Degreed only recognizes video material from YouTube. My initial response to this discovery was to assert that Degreed ought to add Vimeo and the wealth of other quality video providers. On second thought I think that going … Read more Another Improvement for Degreed: Material Detection

Another Improvement to Degreed: Retainment

Degreed is an education evaluation service. I am a huge fan of Degreed, but I have also been keeping track of ways to improve the service. This article covers one such improvement. Degreed does not account for the ability to retain education. If I read a book 1 year ago, or if I just finished reading … Read more Another Improvement to Degreed: Retainment

Duplication in Degreed

This article is on a weakness I noticed with Degreed, an organization and service which evaluates education from nontraditional sources. Duplication of credit for a particular material is a problem in Degreed. For example, the way I encountered this error was through Degreed’s integration with Khan Academy. I have an account with Khan Academy which … Read more Duplication in Degreed