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Comment: Re:Phase out fossil-fueled power plants by midcent (Score 5, Insightful) 308 308

Followed the link, searched for nuclear, didn't find it in the story. Closed the page.

If you are espousing 0 emission energy in the next 35 years, and you don't mention nuclear as a necessary component, then you are lying.

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 3, Insightful) 609 609

One can only hope. But we face the long hard task of the individualistic libertarians out there coming together in large enough numbers to begin to make a difference.

The irony is that the one thing too many of the Republicans and Democrats agree on is that the citizens have too much liberty.

I do sense a growing swell of "leave us the fuck alone" coming from the citizenry in many aspects of life. It is a message neither the Dems or Reps will acknowledge.

Perhaps libertarians can rise, but I worry it won't happen.

Comment: Not sure what to worry about here (Score 3, Insightful) 615 615

I can't imagine that even with trucks driving themselves, that we wouldn't want or need someone being with the truck. For interactions with people for delivery, to handle mechanical problems or unexpected issues that would arise.

I just don't think it'll be the employment collapse everyone is imagining, I just think we'll move from truck driver to truck manager.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284 284

Of course at this point I should point out how much of a staunch conservative Governor Cuomo is....

As a parent I don't view this (especially at the local level) as a conservative vs. liberal issue. I think that detracts from the issue.

I personally think that charters are an interesting way to set up schools, a friend of mine (quite liberal himself BTW) raves about the charter school that his daughter is going to. Although I agree that we haven't figured out how to best utilize them and arrange them.

I know a key crux of the matter is parental involvement, its a HUGE thing which is why my wife and I have been heavily involved in the PTA from the point our children started school.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284 284

Yes, but if you get rid of tenure first you can start increasing teacher pay for the BEST teachers instead of the ones who have been there the longest.

That said, I have seen instances where the oldest teachers are the best, my son's 2nd grade teacher was IMHO literally worth her weight in gold, but has since retired. However, his pre-calculus teacher in high school was the worst teacher I'd ever seen at any level, and also had the most seniority, thankfully he finally retired too.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 4, Insightful) 284 284

Umm, sorry to disturb your "conservatives are evil" rant, but then how do you explain the epically failing schools of many american inner cities? Cities that have been run top to bottom, city council to school district by liberals.

"Conservatives" are also for school choice, charter schools, school vouchers, all of which are designed to empower parents in those failing inner city districts some hope.

Now, I've kinda lambasted the liberal city government here, but their intentions aren't all bad. However, this is not a "throw money at" sort of problem.

I'll agree that Common Core has been combined with other items in order to criticize it. Common Standards are a "good thing", in fact we need to pull the standards back up from the constant lowering of them that has happened over time. I completely support this at the state level, from whence Common Core originated.

However, certain entrenched forces in the education community, and federal regulators glommed on to Common Core with the intent to have it drive curriculum and content. This was, and is, a mistake. The KISS principle should have driven the Common Standards, but they complicated it with federal mandates and absurd curriculum.

The "new" math they are trying to teach under the banner of Common Core makes me fear that we will end up with an upcoming generation that does't have the math skills to undertake a College Education in Engineering and Science.

Standards and levels of understanding are good. Demanding that everyone teach via the same methods (unproven ones at that) is not.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer