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and the most corrupting power is that of the Herd.
One of the most important things anyone can learn in life is to
recognize herd behavior and resist it. The herd may happen to be right,
but it should always be presumed to be wrong.
Real courage is the willingness to stand alone against the
— Jon Roland
first day as a schoolteacher— Article: December 8, 2001
Grandfather on Public Education— Column: Jul. 12, 1998,
Revised May 15, 2001
vs. Creationism— Article: Aug. 13, 1999, slightly revised
Techniques— July, 1998.
Fallacies— July, 1998.
to Ethics— Course Outline: May 4, 2001
of innovations, Jon Roland— Article: March 17, 2003
- Reading and Learning Methods and Tools
- Writing and Publishing Methods and Tools
- Speaking and Meeting Methods and Tools
- Mathematical and Logical Methods and Tools
- Thinking and Creativity Methods and Tools
- Research and Development Methods and Tools
- Teaching and Persuasion Methods and Tools
- Leading and Organizing Methods and Tools
Improved form of speedreading/speedlearning. The webmaster discovered
the technique independently.
Computer program designed to improve reading skills, especially speed.
Reading program to help you read faster while on the computer by
utilizing special display modes, such as tachistoscopic rapid viewing.
Acceleration Machine (RAM)— Freeware device for presenting
word-groups sequentially at a pace chosen by the user. It is a
tachistoscope ("rapid-viewer") that supports efficient and rhythmic
reading, rehearsal of text-comprehension, and acceleration in reading
Training program to improve mental math skills.
Improve learning skills for all ages.
Immersion language learning— Many schools do this. Here is
Techniques and Mnemonics— Collection of methods for improving
memory and practicing memorization.
Math— Techniques for improving mental math skills. And see
Beat the Calculator!— Techniques and exercises.
and Useful Math— Still more techniques.
Out Nines, Jim Loy— Useful technique for checking arithmetic
One approach to the art of asking the best questions.
Scientific Method— One approach to discussion of the subject.
Analysis History— Survey of the elements of the subject.
of Epistemology and Scientific Method— History of the subject.
Regression Analysis on a Spreadsheet, by Paul H. Ricketts—
Most spreadsheets have the capability of performing a polynomial
regression analysis of any order.
Regression— Discussion of tools to analyze the relationship
between several independent or predictor variables and a dependent or
Statistical analysis program that performs linear and nonlinear
regression analysis, surface and curve fitting, and serves as a good
educational tool for the subject.
to Grammar and Writing— See especially their
Sentences— Essential tool for learning grammar that is being
neglected in the public schools today.
Sentence Parts, Phrase Configurations— Diagrams of the
functional elements of sentences.
Handbook— Writers' Workshop, University of Illinois at
Verbs— Nearly complete list of the English verbs that give
English— Instructional material on English grammar and usage.
Vocabulary Builder— Learn the words likely to appear on
Vocabulary Builder— Words likely to appear on the GRE test.
Vocabulary Builder— ACT, GRE, SAT, Free Test Prep.
Rules of Order Revised— Online version of 1915
edition. Essential manual for parliamentarians of deliberative
Robert's Rules of Order Home Page
Rules of Order - Summary Version
Elements of Style, Oliver Strunk (1935)— Classic
guide to good writing.
- Rhetoric, Aristotle (350 BCE) — Classic handbook on persuasive communication that remains one of the best.
Euclid (~325-265 BCE) — Classic text on Euclidean geometry, never
of Debate— Includes the standard Oxford Rules for
Gateway to public debating.
Debate— Books on debate and public speaking.
and Scansion— Poetry Analysis
Poetic Analysis Terms
Model— Outline of the book Victims of Groupthink
by Irving L. Janis (Houghton Mifflin, 1972).
Another outline of the concept.
Periods— Listed on one printable page.
of Life— Project to put the entire evolutionary descent tree
of Science: An Overview for Educators, by Peter Machamer—
Across the Curriculum— Research project to study the impact
of computer modeling tools on secondary-level science learning.
and Modeling— Symposium on the subject.
Kinds of Statistical Literacy: What Should We Teach?— Survey
of what is most important to teach.
Theory, Lucent Technologies — History and survey of the
methods— Introduction to some of the methods.
Analysis— Elementary introduction.
Analysis— Intermediate introduction.
Analysis— Intermediate introduction.
More advanced materials
Dilemma and Public Choice Theory— Explorations of the
conflict between what is rational for the individual and what is
rational for the group.
Behavior of Social Systems, by Jay Forrester— Classic paper
on why public policies produce unintended consequences.
Complex Networks in Constitutional Republics, by Jon Roland—
Examines how changing network structures can reveal how political and
economic processes behave and misbehave.
Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms, by David MacKay—
Textbook on the subject.
and Conflict: An Introductory Sketch of Game Theory, by Roger
A. McCain— Beginnings of a textbook on the subject.
Scientific Method be EKS-Rated?, by Craig Rusbult— Discusses
controversies in scientific method.
and Philosophy of Science, by Ess— Notes for a course on the
Some very introductory notes— Introduction to positivist
of Science, by Alexander Bird— Introduction to the subject.
Biology: A return to the scientific method, by Luke V.
Schneider— Presents a modern analytic approach to biological questions.
Is Not a Necessary Assumption of Cladistics, by Andrew V. Z.
Brower— Makes some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
of autoevolution— Attempts to reconcile instrumentalism,
realism, and historicism.
Tri-Partite Model of Representation, by Peter Slezak— Makes
some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
problems posed by ecology and environmental management, by G.
Wiegleb— Makes some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
theory and physics— Discusses mathematical foundations of the
Logic and Probability Theory — Discusses connection between
naturalism— One approach to scientific epistomology.
Learning and the Scientific Method, by Leonard Ornstein—
Makes some interesting points on the theoretical issues.
Analysis of Time Series (RATS)— Econometrics/time-series
analysis software package used worldwide by economists and others for
analyzing time series and cross sectional data, developing and
estimating econometric models, forecasting, and much more.
First of several lists of recommended books.
Online higher education:
School of Law— Accredited JD program available.
International— Improve your speaking ability and make new
friends. Join or form a local toastmasters club in your area.