The Fed Is Not the Problem (57 comments)
Ignore the conspiracy theories. The Federal Reserve is not the problem. The problem is that ordinary people are not electing people who care about ordinary people.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Yes, Virginia, the Income Tax Is Constitutional
The U.S. Constitution gives the federal government the power to lay and collect taxes. However, it originally required that the amount of direct taxes (such as income or property tax) collected from each state had to be proportional to the state's population. That rule was overturned in 1913, with the ratification of the 16th Amendment.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Should You Moderate Your Web Site Comments? (2 comments)
Is the comment section of your Web site a forum for serious discussions that advance understanding and help build consensus for productive action? Or is it a nasty playground for bullies? Laurie Endicott Thomas explains how you can enforce civility in your Web site's comments section.
Monday, December 9, 2013
High-Carb Diets Improve Blood Sugar Control
Back in the 1920s and 1930s, medical research showed that high-fat and high-protein diets undermined the body' ability to control blood sugar. In contrast, high-carbohydrate diets improved blood sugar control, in diabetics as well as in healthy subjects. Yet many physicians today are still telling their patient to reduce their intake of carbohydrates.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Is Logic Politically Incorrect? (1 comments)
Some people on the left believe that logic is "Western." Yet that belief may be a symptom of a cultural bias called Orientalism.
Eating Meat, Dairy, Eggs, and Fish Can Make Your Breath Stink! (1 comments)
Dental problems can cause bad breath, but so can eating too much protein, especially protein from animals. Animal protein is particularly rich in the sulfur-containing amino acids that give rise to stinky compounds such as methyl mercaptan.
Is Dyslexia Really a Learning Disability? (24 comments)
The word dyslexia was originally used to refer to the loss of the ability to read after a brain injury. Today, it is applied to seemingly normal children who are not learning to read in school. But is the problem really in the child, or is it in the school? Labeling the child as learning disabled can cause the problems in the school to go unrecognized and unsolved.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Why Trolls Attack! (27 comments)
Some Internet trolls are just jerks. They simply want to annoy other people. Others imagine that they are taking part in a genuine intellectual exchange. The problem is that they never learned grammar and logic in school. Thus, they never learned to parse or reason. As a result, they have no idea that they are unreasonable.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
What I Learned From the McGuffey Readers (5 comments)
The McGuffey Readers taught me that the children of my generation were learning abnormally slowly by historical standards. The problem was that the educational system in the United States had abandoned direct instruction in intensive phonics. Our educational system is still using sight words instead of intensive phonics for teaching reading, and children are still learning slowly, if at all.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Why Not Let a Child Escape From a Bad Teacher? (4 comments)
If a child is suffering because his or her teacher is a bully or is simply not connecting with that child, why should the child have to finish the entire year in that classroom? Transferring the child to a different classroom can help the child and can reveal the cause of the problem.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
You Can Fix Stupid (10 comments)
Comedian Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid." Yet philosophy and education were developed specifically for the purpose of "fixing stupid." If people remain stupid after having been through school, then their schools need to be fixed.
Hopefully, Grammar Schools Will Go Back to Teaching Grammar
It's okay to use 'hopefully' as a sentence adverb. It's not okay that so many of our public schools in the United States have stopped teaching grammar. The study of grammar provides the basic skills that one needs for logical thinking. That's why grammar was traditionally taught to free people but not to slaves.
Why Did the Educators in the U.S. Abandon Phonics? (1 comments)
The scientific evidence was always clear: intensive phonics is the best way to teach people to read English. So why did so many American educators discard phonics altogether, or at least push it to the sidelines? Is it because effective public education was destroying the privileges of the upper middle class?
Yet Another Silly Study About White Rice! (3 comments)
A recent article blames white rice for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Yet populations that have based their diet on white rice have been largely free of both problems. How can that be?
Does Your Child Need Drugs or Phonics? (6 comments)
Many emotional and behavior problems in children are the result of an ineffective approach to teaching reading, not to a disease of the child's nervous system. Many of these problems go away by themselves if a proper method is used to teach the child to read.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Is Your Child Really Reading, or Just Guessing?
This article describes a simple test that parents can use to see whether their children are really reading, or are simply guessing. Unless children can accurately identify the words that were actually written, they aren't reading.