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Comment: Re: And once this school fails to get women intere (Score 1) 583

What do you think feminists (or anyone, for that matter) can realistically do about women living in oppressive conditions outside of the West?

What are you talking about? FGM is done in the west in huge numbers, by immigrants from those countries sending their kids back there to mutilated. No one wants to do much about it because it's "racist".

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 583

The no-sports part is a good thing, because American schools tend to over-emphasize sports to an absurd degree. The rest is bad, especially the lack of music. IIRC, there's a lot of evidence of high correlation between people gifted in STEM stuff and musical ability.

It would be nice if they could have some sports, the way for instance prestigious English universities have them (such as with rowing). But we just can't seem to do that over here; it's all football and basketball, and then it becomes all-important, with leagues and competitions between different schools, and then cheerleaders. If I were setting up a school, I'd ban football and basketball and only allow sports like rowing, track & field, cycling, and other sports which don't seem to draw large crowds of drunken, rowdy, moronic fans.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 583

I'm not a feminist, but if a someone wants to start a girls school...what's the problem?

There's two big problems:

1) This appears to be a *taxpayer-funded* school. If you want to establish some weird-ass exclusionary school and fund it all yourself, you have that right: lots of wacky religions do exactly this. It sucks for the poor kids being brainwashed by that BS, but at least it isn't condoned by the government and the rest of us taxpayers.

2) This entirely smacks of "separate but equal". What's next, separate public schools for blacks and whites? Aren't we supposed to be progressing from the backwardness of the 1950s?

And, honestly, if I could send my daughters (of which I have 3) in the hopes that they appreciate tech more than cheerleading, boys, and fashion, I would do it in a *heartbeat*

If you're worried about that, the answer is simple: private school. There's usually good private non-religious schools around that you can send your kids to where they don't have a lot of that crap. The reason you get all that crap is because public schools have to take everyone, so it's a by-product of the overall culture of the community you're in. It's no different than why The Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo are popular TV shows.

Just overcoming the "helpless-fashion-model-princess-homemaker" mental conditioning is hard enough

How is that hard? You're the parents, and kids get this mental conditioning mostly from their parents and their relatives. So if you don't agree with that mentality, don't teach your kids that way, don't let them be around any relatives like that, don't buy them Disney movies that teach this, and don't get involved in any religious groups that teach that crap. You're the ones in control; start acting like it.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 583

Wait, the school is pushing him to stay *out of* STEM just because he does poorly in English and Spanish?

And who gives a shit about Spanish anyway? That's probably the most useless language there is for STEM. How many Spanish engineers have you ever met? Latinos are infamous for not going into STEM fields, even worse than blacks probably. If you want to learn languages to help your engineering career, the languages to learn are English (of course), Mandarin, Japanese, and German (not necessarily in that order). That's where all the engineering is being done these days. Spanish is a great language to learn, however, if you want to make a career in drug trafficking. Did your son have a choice about that, or is Spanish now required in school?

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 583

The women are discouraged by their parents and relatives from the time they're born. They're told that their role in life is to get married and have children, and that's it. Their parents never buy them LEGOs or any other toys that encourage technical thinking, instead they buy them dollhouses. From birth to adulthood, this brainwashing has a huge effect; even if a women is mentally inclined this way, she gets zero support from her parents and doesn't really have much of an opportunity to go into a field she might have a lot of interest in.

I don't really see what can be done to fix it. Some special schools at the high-school level are much too late to make much of a difference; by the time a child is that old, it's unlikely you're going to fix them. They need to start at the pre-school level, but our education system is much too incompetent to really make a difference there.

However, it is interesting that the people whining the most about this problem are people who never went into engineering themselves.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 583

Exactly, it starts with their parents. You can't easily fix that with special schools at the high-school level; by that time, all that thinking is ingrained. Let's face it: our parents in this society all suck. And all these people who really want to fix this problem, are they having any kids themselves? Doubtful. So what we have is all the most conservative people are having all the kids, and passing their values on to them.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 583

[Stupid Slashdot, not letting me edit...]

This girls-only school isn't the answer. The problem is our culture, which is fundamentally backwards and broken. By the time you get to high-school level schools, kids are already set on the track they're going to take. If they really want to fix this problem, the solution is to end private parenting, and have all the parenting done by the state. This proposal has more than a few problems with it....

I think we just need to be honest with ourselves and admit we as a culture aren't really much better than ISIS and other Islamic extremists. We hate intellectualism, we hate education, we hate learning (unless it's religious in nature), we love driving around in pickup trucks with guns and smashing things and setting things on fire.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 583

Children don't just do what they want to do; they're molded by their environment, and at early ages, that means their parents.

There's lots of women in STEM jobs in other cultures, notably Indian and Chinese societies. Not so in American society. The answer is simple: it's the parents. Our parents are pushing girls to avoid these subjects. This shouldn't be surprising when most of the people actually having kids in our society are ultra-conservative religious nuts.

Comment: Re:America! Fuck yeah! (Score 1) 257

by Grishnakh (#49500351) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

IANAL, but I don't think that's correct at all. Offing a security guard is still "normal" murder, and just one step below premediated murder.

As I understand it, "felony murder" is where someone dies as a result of your felony crime, even though you didn't intend it (this is the key). So, a good example is that you and your buddy go rob an armored car. You don't actually want to hurt anyone, but you look to the armed guards like you might, so they shoot at you in self-defense. Your buddy gets killed by shots from the armed guards. You survive, and you're now prosecuted for the "felony murder" of your buddy: even though it was the armed guard who actually killed him, your felonious actions led directly to his death.

Another example would be committing some crime with your buddy, and he gets killed totally by accident during the crime; maybe you're breaking into a bank or something, and he gets killed by shattered glass in the process.


LAUSD OKs Girls-Only STEM School, Plans Boys-Only English Language Arts School 583

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-needs-a-balanced-education dept.
theodp writes: Citing statistics that showed a whopping 46 more boys than girls passed the AP Computer Science Exam in 2011-12, the 640,000+ student Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Tuesday approved a waiver to enable the District to operate a single-gender, all-girls STEM School called the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA). Students in GALA will follow a six year sequence of computer courses starting in middle school that will culminate in AP Computer Science Principles. "Fewer females take AP courses in math, science, or computer science, and they are not as successful as males in receiving passing scores of 3, 4 or 5," argued the General Waiver Request (PDF, 700+ pages). "An all girls environment is reasonably necessary for the school to improve the self-confidence of girls in their academic abilities, especially in STEM areas where an achievement gap currently exists. GALA's admissions shall also comply with AB 1266 to ensure male students who identify as female are admitted to the school." The school's CS-related Partners include the UCLA Exploring Computer Science Program, as well as Google-bankrolled Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and NCWIT. One of the reasons the all-girls STEM school reportedly got the green light is that its backers satisfied federal regulations requiring a "substantially equal school" for excluded male students by submitting a plan for a companion all-boys school that would emphasize English Language Arts, where they often fall short of girls' test scores, rather than GALA's focus on STEM. One suspects the no-fan-of-gender-restricted-public-schools ACLU may call BS on this maneuver.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by Grishnakh (#49484385) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

The only areas where proprietary drivers work worse than Open Source drivers

What about kernel mode setting? Can I adjust the resolution, or plug in an external monitor, on my Linux Mint KDE system with the proprietary Nvidia driver, using the KDE tools, or do I have to use some shitty proprietary program which isn't built into KDE?

Right now, with my Intel system, I can plug in an external monitor and I don't have to do anything at all to use it. Does the proprietary driver do that? If not, it's unusable.

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by Grishnakh (#49481939) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

What "base case"? Plugging an external monitor into a laptop is not a rare, niche application, it's a common thing for people with monitors to do. In fact, it's an absolute necessity for anyone who works at a corporate job: you have to be able to take your laptop into a conference room and plug in a VGA or HDMI cable so you can use the room's projector. For home use, it's not uncommon for people to plug their big-screen TV into their laptop.

Intel hardware works just fine unless you're playing high-end games. For things like watching video (which includes hardware decoding), and for not-so-high-end games, it's perfectly adequate, plus it has lower power consumption than external GPUs, which is a very important thing on a laptop.

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