Merit and equity: Mutually exclusive

TOC's need to mention Kurt Vonnegut's short story Harrison Bergeron is accelerating. It's time to convert "bergeron" to a verb. A recent example from Beth Mitchneck (professor emerita at the University of Arizona), and Jessi L. Smith (associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado.) We Must Name Systemic Changes in Support of… Continue reading Merit and equity: Mutually exclusive


Charles Murray reviews a leftwing tome on the topic in the Claremont Review of Books: Meritocracy's Cost Check it out and come back. Jordan Peterson frequently points out that hierarchies are natural and inevitable, from lobster fights to human IQ, and that hierarchies tend to corruption. This is the framework for "absolute power corrupts…” The… Continue reading Corruptarky

Child abuse

A good exercise for your local school board: They prepare by reading the article linked below, and then invite parents to a subsequent public debate among the school board members. Maybe it’s framed as, “Resolved: This article is disinformation.” Or, put it on the school’s website and invite public comment. Harrison Bergeron is mentioned. It’s… Continue reading Child abuse


It's easy to despair over the state of education from kindergarten through university these days. From public school teachers union presidents calling for strikes against in-person teaching via selfies taken in pandemic ridden Caribbean resorts, to an explosion of private school curricula teaching Critical Race Theory, to university professors criticizing MLK's vision of color blindness.… Continue reading Acadissidents

The Dogmatic method

Contrast with Socratic. From New York to California parents fear to criticize the Marxist indoctrination of their children. The Miseducation of America's Elites In Los Angeles, teachers union leaders think their membership is so arrogant and stupid that teachers must be warned not to publicly flout their disdain for the CCP virus restrictions they use… Continue reading The Dogmatic method