Tyler often insists that, appearances notwithstanding, he’s constantly popularizing free-market ideas.  People just have to read him carefully and in the proper frame of mind.

I habitually insist that this isn’t good enough.  Either you popularize your point bluntly and clearly, or you fail to popularize. 

After rehashing this argument this morning, I ran back to his office and declaimed the following paragraph from educational psychologist Douglas Detterman, quoted in Robert Haskell’s Transfer of Learning.  When Detterman began teaching…

I thought it was important to make things as hard as possible for students so they would discover the principles for themselves.  I thought the discovery of principles was a fundamental skill that students needed to learn and transfer to new situations.  Now I view education, even graduate education, as the learning of information.  I try to make it as easy for students as possible.  Where before I was ambiguous about what a good paper was, I now provide examples of the best papers from past classes.  Before, I expected students to infer the general conclusion from specific examples.  Now I provide the general conclusion and support it with specific examples.  In general, I subscribe to the principle that you should teach people exactly what you want them to learn in a situation as close as possible to the one in which the learning will be applied.  I don’t count on transfer and I don’t try to promote it except by explicitly pointing out where taught skills may be applied.

Emphasis added for self-referential reasons.