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

K.E. guavaberry at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 3 01:25:31 UTC 2005

hi Lynn

sorry that some links don't work, i try but can't keep up with all . . .


At 09:00 PM 11/1/2005, you wrote:
>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
>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.
>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
>>but can't seem to get rid of the bad teachers
>>Teachers are idiots
>>btw: private schools can hire anyone they want.
>>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.
>>>Premise Checker wrote:
>>>>Some New Help for the Extremely Gifted 
>>>The Educational CyberPlayGround
>>>National Children's Folksong Repository
>>>Hot List of Schools Online and
>>>Net Happenings, K12 Newsletters, Network Newsletters
>>>7 Hot Site Awards
>>>New York Times, USA Today , MSNBC, Earthlink,
>>>USA Today Best Bets For Educators, Macworld Top Fifty
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