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
Why Professors Are Writing Crap That Nobody Reads
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)
New Age of Lectures
Harthong : Ideas
Engines for Education
John Taylor Gatto :
Challenging the myths of modern schooling, with The
Mathematician’s Lament (a
discussion about it)
Calling a spade a spade: Mathematics in the new pattern of division of labour
it time for the Un-University?
Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system
is more interesting than history - a
parodical text by the same author
You Don't Actually 'F*cking Love Science'
academia, I get a life
Aspiring Scientist’s Frustration with Modern-Day Academia: A
Leaving Academe (archive
of original article with different comments)
Freesweden.net - defending the
abused rights of homeschoolers in Sweden
the United States Is Destroying Its Education System
What are some dark facts about Khan Academy? - Is Khan Academy a good way to learn math from basics to advanced college things? on Quora
the United States Can Learn From Singapore’s World-Class
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
doesn’t have a PhD problem, it has an attitude problem
was it worth it? The £9,000 question
and Democracy part I, II,
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?"
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).
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)
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."
"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.”
texts on homeschooling
texts on education
Science the Harry Potter Way
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"
Albert Einstein (who was INTP, and quite a bad pupil):
a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."
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
biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists
The Case against Education: Why the
Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan (found from this
Next School (Big Picture school), Mulund, India
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).
Campus for Do It Yourself
education (Black Mountain, North Carolina) did not work so well...
What are some online math educational resources considered better than the Khan Academy?
Other institutional or mediatic problems
A discussion: TED Talks
futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians
I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
Alternative Institutions -
Page managed by Robin Hanson
Why do some intelligent people fail to achieve their potential?
On the unpopularity of nerds
Why geniuses don't have jobs
Paul Graham, Why
Nerds are Unpopular
answers : why are nerds/geeks unpopular even though they do well
being smart won't get you laid
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
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