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  •  Its a war against scientific thinking (16+ / 0-)

    I saw this happening under Bush.Dogma started to creep in and push out science.

    Richard Florida has a terrific article in The Washington Monthly ,called, "The Rise of Cultural Class".He talks about how movie makers had to go to
    New Zealand to film Tolkien's ,The War of the Rings (?).It required lots of high tech people and welcoming cultural attitude.

    My nephew is a physicist and a computer scientist.He felt the wave of anti-science sentiment when Bush came into office.As a teacher,he sees students who are resistant to learning and take offense when you challenge them.

    Cynicism leads to Inactivity. Hope leads to Action.

    by Citizenpower on Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 07:55:41 AM PST

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    •  A nitpick (11+ / 0-)

      He talks about how movie makers had to go to
      New Zealand to film Tolkien's ,The War of the Rings (?).It required lots of high tech people and welcoming cultural attitude.

      Peter Jackson is a native of New Zealand.  It also had unmarked natural landscapes that were a good fit for LOTR.  He also had access to large green areas where he could just plan ahead...Hobbiton was allowed to stand and grow for a year before filming.  That would be much more expensive, and less likely to be left alone, in the US.

      To say that the film industry in the US is behind other countries is barking up the wrong tree, IMO.

      Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

      by lostboyjim on Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 08:10:32 AM PST

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    •  I was a ta for a computer math class (3+ / 0-)
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      It was straight forward, easy stuff.  Just follow the patters, nothing objective.  Kids didn't do it, wouldn't do it.  When I grade them and took off points for not getting it right, they got angry because they tried.  They felt they deserved a good grade just because they turned it in.

      I'm seeing this all the time.  Kids have become so coddled that they can't celebrate when someone does something good because someone might feel bad.  So, they supress the successes rather than teaching kids to support the people who do well.  Badges can only be handed out if they go to everyone, this is no reward for achievement and success.

      Maybe that's why people take offense, because they've been so coddled as kids.

      •  I do think students should get points for trying (2+ / 0-)
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        though they should get more points for getting it right, of course.

        But if you don't encourage them to try by at least giving them something for that, pretty soon they won't try at all.

        Now, if they don't learn from their mistakes, or try to figure out where they went wrong, that's another thing entirely.

      •  "nothing subjective", right? (2+ / 0-)
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        I'd rebel if given a subjective computer science assignment, unless I get to design the whole thing! :-)

        Programming is particularly unforgiving, usually it's pretty clear when a program isn't working. I do think kids have lost the joy of tinkering with computers, which is even more fun than sudoku in my opinion. But maybe I'm unusual.

        In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

        by Lefty Mama on Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 12:19:31 PM PST

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