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  •  Don't get carried away now (0+ / 0-)

    I was a classroom teacher for 32 years. See my comment directly above yours.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 07:50:50 PM PDT

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    •  "Don't get mad," Dow Jones told me. (1+ / 0-)
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      Dow Jones was what the other guys called him.  I have forgotten his name.

      He was a market speculator who had gotten rich in his early 30's on commodity speculating.

      At the time he held a ton of copper.  Actually a hell of a lot more than a ton.  The price of copper was rising fast but he was still deeply in the hole and his option(s) were near expiration.  

      Dow was thinking of having a boxcar of copper delivered.  Well actually not delivered but remaining in the boxcar on a siding.

      It was a bad idea, very bad.   Buyers knew how take advantage of innocents.  Dow would now be just another lamb ready for shearing when he held copper rather than paper.

      Dow seemed to know most everything in the world that would drive the price of copper up or down - the status of copper mines in Bolivia, the prospects for war in the mideast, housing market in South Africa, substitutes for copper.

      But Dow didn't know analytic geometry.

      Just couldn't seem to get the hang of the simplest concepts.

      So Dow asked me to help him.  Offered to pay.  I turned him down.  Poor dumb old Dow had no idea what he was doing.

      Lord knows I was patient.  I went over things, over and over.  Tried all manner of ways of teaching the same thing.  I wonder if it was anything like the old report of an experiment reported in Scientific American of teachers being told a real dumbo in their class was a genius.  Some teachers reportedly became near suicidal.

      I know what that was like except I was more like getting near homicidal at times.

      And I was trying to teach a fellow who might well have been a genius.

      Yeah, I really, really admire teachers.

      But there is no way I could ever be one.

      Best,  Terry

      •  Thanks Terry (1+ / 0-)
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        I believe that you stumbled on something that our neo-con pals haven't figured out (Or maybe Activist Guy is correct. They have figured it out and are just gaming the system.)

        Like many kids it appears that Dow had different aptitudes. Analyt may have been a weakness. In our present system, we would ignore his strengths and focus on his weakness.

        Old Dow probably wouldn't have done so well in the market as he would have missed his chance because he would have needed to spend an extra year in school trying to learn Analytic Geometry. Or perhaps I am just a bit too cynical.

        A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

        by slatsg on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 04:51:53 PM PDT

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        •  Hermann Einstein asked the principal of young (1+ / 0-)
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          Albert's school what studies the principal would suggest Albert follow.

          The principal replied that it didn't matter because Albert would fail at everything he tried.

          While young Albert was concocting a plan to escape his schooling, he was saved the trouble by being thrown out.

          In his autobiographical Epitaph, Einstein wrote that while he regretted having cheated to get later degrees he gladly bore that burden considering the free time it allowed him.

          I believe we might have made a bit of progress.  People used to get very angry and call me many names for suggesting the man whose very name is synonymous with genius suffered the most terrible learning disability of all: autism.

          Today it is rather common knowledge.

          Best, Terry

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