Links to criticisms of the academic system

In my own writings

Sites and articles by other authors

The future of education : conversations on teaching and learning in a networked world - Education Revolution Google+ community

Dead lectures : a lecture is living when it is dead (and how the practical form of teaching/learning by "live lectures" is made obsolete by technology)
A New Age of Lectures
Jacques Harthong : Ideas
Engines for Education
John Taylor Gatto : Challenging the myths of modern schooling, with The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher
A Mathematician’s Lament (a discussion about it)
Calling a spade a spade: Mathematics in the new pattern of division of labour
Is it time for the Un-University?
Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system
Physics is more interesting than history - a parodical text by the same author
Why You Don't Actually 'F*cking Love Science'
Goodbye academia, I get a life
An Aspiring Scientist’s Frustration with Modern-Day Academia: A Resignation
On Leaving Academe (archive of original article with different comments)
Freesweden.net - defending the abused rights of homeschoolers in Sweden
Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System
What the United States Can Learn From Singapore’s World-Class Mathematics System
A paper on field theory delivers a wake-up call to academics: Oliver Rosten believes the postdoctoral system played a role in his friend’s suicide
INTP forum : School and work Academia doesn’t have a PhD problem, it has an attitude problem
University: was it worth it? The £9,000 question

Science and Democracy part I, II, III. In Part II is this remark : "the human brain has it's best time in the early to mid twenties. Why do we waste these best years?"
The End of the University as We Know It by Nathan Harden (dec. 2012) (a shorter article with the same title was written in 2009 by Mark C. Taylor in 2009).
An Aljazeera article calling for more democracy in science
"The Role of the Professor" (which would consist in renewing of the curriculum contents: cleaning, restructuring and updating it to existing knowledge, serving as an intermediate between teachers and researchers; this role is actually neglected by the institutions, in favor of the 2 disconnected activities of teaching an research)

Research and teaching, article and long discussion on what is going wrong in the academic system; for example "in almost every field there are way too many students per prof"
In the same blog, ("spaces" article):
"Over and over I have found people who reject the notion of mathematics being a universal language, and who discard it as insufficient for reality. They are dead wrong to do so of course, but since I've encountered this attitude over and over again, I want to dedicate some paragraphs to what I believe is the origin of this divide.
At the very beginning is, of course, school education. Unfortunately, what's called mathematics in school has little to do with mathematics. It should more aptly be called calculation."

Homeschooling physicist
"we are not using any US public-school textbooks in those areas: science textbooks below the high-school level are often factually wrong. Even at the high-school level, many are disasters (check out the reviews from the Textbook League). And history texts for US public schools tend to be utterly boring and bloodless: how they manage to transmute the reality of history – heroes and villains, nobility and murder most foul – into stunningly unappetizing pabulum is a great mystery."
"the most important point that is distinctive about our approach is the emphasis on teaching significant content about science and history as early and as fully as possible. This would be very hard in the public schools because of the “urge to test.”
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More texts on homeschooling
More texts on education
For example:
Teaching Science the Harry Potter Way

Changing education paradigms

François Taddei
(French biologist, who spoke at TEDx Paris in French) :
"When my son was 6, he went to class like all children, his teacher told me: "This child is charming, but... he asks questions." Since that day, I ask myself questions on the educational system".
"If your job looks like chess, prepare to change your job
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Albert Einstein (who was INTP, and quite a bad pupil):
"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
On graduate school and teaching: "The unfortunate thing is that the lack of value assigned to teaching seems very systemic, to the point of being embedded in the culture" - "High school has managed to convince many students that physics is a dogmatic, memorization-centered subject. As a result, they don’t have the skills necessary to solve real physics problems, because all that they have learned to do is to pattern-match and to plug-and-chug"
in Richard Conn Henry's review of Biocentrism : "I am the person to blame. I teach freshman physics, and I teach it just as badly as the next professor. Our freshman text (regardless of which one we choose) presents the two postulates. These are so unintuitive that anyone learning relativity that way could never be expected to recognize a wrong version of the Lorentz transformation of time intervals."
Junaid Mubeen (FB): Mathematical genius is fragile. We need to stop destroying it ; These four visuals dispel the myths we’ve been fed about maths education

Books

The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan (found from this facebook post)

Alternatives

Next School (Big Picture school), Mulund, India
How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children
42: l'innovation pedagogique (revolutionary computer training free and open to all, in Paris, France).
MOOC Campus for Do It Yourself education (Black Mountain, North Carolina) did not work so well... (facebook)

Other institutional or mediatic problems

A discussion: TED Talks are Over-rated
Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians
Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
Alternative Institutions - Page managed by Robin Hanson

On the unpopularity of nerds

Why geniuses don't have jobs

Paul Graham, Why Nerds are Unpopular
Yahoo answers : why are nerds/geeks unpopular even though they do well in school
Why being smart won't get you laid
Some spiritual preachers call for a "spirituality" that is against geekiness, ignoring that geeks may be the best world savers
We the gifted, we are discriminated

Anti-psychiatry links in a separate page


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