Nathan K 
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Re: “In the Flesh: Tucson's March Against White Supremacy

Why does Tucson still have a statue honoring Mexican terrorist and enemy of the United States Pancho Villa smack in the middle of downtown? Isn't it time that this symbol of hatred come down?

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/18/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Economic and Educational Inequity of Results-Based Funding

High IQ parents tend to be wealthy, and to live in wealthy school districts. They also tend to have IQ children, who will tend to learn things quickly and do well on standardized tests. So, we should expect that wealthy school districts will score higher than poorer school districts on standardized tests because the children in wealthier districts are, on average, probably brighter. So none of this should be surprising to anyone.

This doesn't say anything, of course, about whether we ought to be giving smarter kids more education money than dimmer kids. Maybe not.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/11/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “A Certifiable Strategy

By my count, this is the third time Safier has written this exact same piece.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/11/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Here's What a Skills-Based Curriculum Means In Finland

"It can't be simply a matter of demographics, since neighboring countries don't score nearly as well . (Fun fact. Since Finland's neighbor Sweden went to a school choice model like the one loved by U.S. conservatives, complete with private school vouchers, its scores on the international tests have fallen)."

First, non-Sami Finns are both genetically relatively homogeneous and distinct from other European populations, including the other Nordics. Finns carry significant Asian-Siberian genetic admixture not found in other Nordics. See http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v536/…

Second, 27% of Sweden's population is now first or second generation immigrant, with about half originating from outside of Europe. You can't equate Sweden's demographics to those of Finland since Sweden is significantly and increasingly non-Nordic.

It may be that Finland's students score well on standardized tests because they are smarter, on average, than students in other populations.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/08/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Arizona's Un-Credential. Is It the Beginning Of the End Of Teaching As a Profession?

Following up on Rick Spanier's comment above, our teaching colleges aren't just working with "average" material - they are working with below average material, if the relevant population is "college undergraduates". Education majors rank near the bottom of the college undergraduate population in terms of standardized test score and in terms of high school grades. See https://qz.com/334926/your-college-major-i…. This lead former Heritage analyst Jason Richwine to conclude that Americans school teachers are actually overcompensated when evaluated relative to jobs staffed by workers similar average IQs. See http://www.heritage.org/education/report/a….

For the record, I think that American school teachers do a fine job with the students that they have. But if I believed that American schools were deficient in some way, I would be looking for ways to get teachers into the classroom with more intellectual horsepower than the people working there now. The Arizona experiment might be a good place to start that effort.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/07/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Is the Strong Start Tucson Initiative a Good Idea?

Before we decide to spend more money on pre-K, we might want to look at the Head Start data and last year's Vanderbilt study. The research on pre-K benefits is, at best, equivocal. The correlations that Safier asserts as causal relationships might be due to the fact that involved, high-IQ parents (who tend to have high-IQ children) also tend to send their children to preschool, and not due to the preschool itself.

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Posted by Nathan K on 08/07/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Jogger Plans Half-Day Run To Support No More Deaths

I am tired of people waving the bloody shirt of the holocaust at the United States in an effort to undermine U.S. sovereignty and persuade the United States that we are obligated to take every immigrant on Earth who would like to live here. We aren't. No one is rounding up people from El Salvador or Oaxaca and putting them into death camps. These people immigrate for lifestyle, not survival. And this tactic seems hypocritcal to me when it comes from Jewish people, in view of the fact that Israel maintains draconian border security measures and strict immigration controls in order to prevent itself from becoming non-Jewish. And I've got no problem with that. I support Jews in their desire for a secure homeland. But I expect them to return the courtesy.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/27/2017 at 1:06 PM

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