[Paleopsych] NYT: Some New Help for the Extremely Gifted

Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Wed Nov 2 02:00:51 UTC 2005

Karen's links are fascinating, and disheartening. Karen, the links 
within the articles don't seem to work for me.

Frank, any comments on this? You are the resident expert. 

Look at this link for more disheartening news. Help us Howard to 
re-energize the country. You are our only hope.

best line in the piece:
And--forgive me--I thought: If even Teddy knows . .

K.E. wrote:

> No wonder we have the
> intelligent design belongs in classroom curriculum battle.
> Teachers Flunk
> http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/flunk.html 

Comment: I don't think there is any evidence that being a certified 
teacher means anything about whether a teacher can effectively teach / 
motivate / organize the class, etc. It would be better, IMHO, to (1) 
raise compensation for teachers; (2) eliminate tenure in all schools 
[yes, in the university too]; (3) hire anyone who wants to teach and 
retain those who do a good job; (4) close Departments of Education in 
every college; (5) Close the federal Department of Education.

> Stats
> http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/tmatters.html

Well, there is the problem. Teaching attracts two types, a bimodal 
distribution. First, dedicated bright people who want to serve and help, 
and second, dunces who want to get a degree but aren't smart enough to 
finish anything but a education degree. The low averages make me thing 
that the second group is by far the largest.

> & they can get rid of the kids
> http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/newretention.html
> but can't seem to get rid of the bad teachers
> http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/badteachers.html
> Teachers are idiots
> http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/Underlying.html
> btw: private schools can hire anyone they want.
> karen
> <:-(>
> At 10:51 AM 10/29/2005, you wrote:
>> Frank, you know that teachers have the lowest IQs of any college 
>> graduate group. Where will they find a teacher who can respond to 
>> Misha's questions? You would have to sidestep the teacher 
>> certification process and entice a Ph.D. in physics or something 
>> similar to come into the school, wouldn't you?  Perhaps the Davidsons 
>> will have U Reno faculty come in to actually teach the classes (can 
>> they do that?).
>> Anyway, fascinating report. Thanks, Frank.
>> Lynn
>> Premise Checker wrote:
>>> Some New Help for the Extremely Gifted 
>>> http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/26/education/26gifted.html
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