Category Archives: Education

Pesky things, facts

Two articles have caught my eye this weekend. The first by now ABC employee Laura Tingle talking about pre-election budgets: In 2010, newly installed prime minister Julia Gillard was desperately trying to show her responsible fiscal credentials amid the controversy … Continue reading

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Hamilton on free speech

Clive Hamilton has been in the US talking down Australian universities. Prominent Australian academic Clive Hamilton has told a powerful US congressional committee in Washington that Australian universities are so financially beholden to China that they have abandoned their principles … Continue reading

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Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies

Three papers. Labor MP Andrew Leigh’s study on data around effective company tax rates and employment shows incomplete analysis that mistakes correlation for causation. Jennifer Buckingham on the flight from mathematics. Jeremy Sammut on the need for universities to have … Continue reading

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Arthur Lovejoy on communists and academic freedom

Arthur Lovejoy (1873-1962) was a great historian of ideas and an important philosopher in the US ranking second to John Dewey between the wars. In 1913 Lovejoy raised a protest at the dismissal of an economist from Stanford because the … Continue reading

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Karl Popper on education

A collection of comments and criticism from the pen of Chairman Karl, the Great Helmsman of critical rationalism. “The mental power”, T. H. Huxley wrote in A Liberal Education, “which will be of most importance in your…life will be the … Continue reading

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Don Aitkin on the corruption of the universities

Don Aitkin is a national treasure and I hope everyone looks at his site and signs on to get a heads up on his columns. Today he posted on the way the universities have become slaves to research grants and … Continue reading

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Does one learn by doing or by thinking?

Not exactly the right question since everyone supports government solutions to some things, but the question is still a genuine one: Why Do Intellectuals Support Government Solutions?. I found the link at Instapundit where, not for the first time, the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Philosophy | 34 Comments

Resolved: “there are no biological differences between men and women”

From Canada. Discussion of discipline handed down to Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student and Teaching Assistant Lindsay Shepherd for playing a 3 minute clip of University of Toronto Professor, Jordan Peterson, debating Canada’s bill C-16 which has criminalised the use … Continue reading

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The book no child should be without

If you are looking for Christmas ideas, you might consider Economics for Infants, the only book of its kind. A perfect book to read to your children and grandchildren! How do you explain the complexities of the economic order to … Continue reading

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The Productivity Commission on Education

The Australian has a story that caught my eye: The Productivity Commission has called for universities to shoulder more responsibility for the quality and the job fitness of their graduates and to be exposed to consumer protection laws to give … Continue reading

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