28 mars 2012

Intellectual capital (Critical Guide, E.D. Hirsch Jr)

A phrase denoting the knowledge and skills a person possesses at a given moment. 

Studies have shown that the level of a person's intellectual capital is highly correlated with a person's ability to earn still more money and to gain still more knowledge and skill. As with money capital, the more knowledge and skill one already has, the more one can readily acquire. 

The idea of intellectual capital opposes itself to the tool conception of education, under which a mere store of knowledge is deemed less important than the gaining of learning skills. 

In the present book, the work of sociologists and cognitive psychologists has been cited to show that the tool conception is much oversimplified, that skills always require domain-specific knowledge. 

Hence, intellectual capital, repudiated under the tool conception as inert, soon-to-be-outdated baggage, is in reality the main tool of future learning and earning.



Antipathy to subject-matter content  


"banking theory of schooling" 
"culturally-biased curriculum" 
"outcomes-based education" 
"research has shown"
"self-esteem"
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This was an excerpt from Hirsch's great book on education :
The Schools We Need 
 and Why We Don't Have Them.
Recension by Richard Askey :  
http://mathematicallycorrect.com/hirsch.htm  
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