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Comment: Don't teach kids programming. (Score 1) 215

Don't ask computer geeks how to teach children. That's moronic. Anyone who CAN program has already internalized all the bullshit of bad pedagogy. They have a predisposition to existing styles and modes of learning and coding that are barriers to others. AND, as some boffins pontificated, they're malignant enough to just want to foster the same abuse on kids that they put up with. As someone who has worked with programmers for 25+ years, trained educators, and worked with children, you should not waste your time trying to TEACH children anything. Develop tools to help them LEARN, and if the kids don't learn it, then blame yourself for your lack of creativity and imagination for not coming up with a sufficiently flexible model that addresses the variety of interest, goals, needs, skills of the children. We don't need another lame attempt to reproduce the errors of programming culture, and inflict them on another generation. Just a thought.

Comment: bloody boring (Score 1) 576

by JasonNolan (#33707964) Attached to: Unions Urging Actors Not To Work On Hobbit Movie
The topic, the directors, the producers and the country are bloody boring. The unions make it more so. Unions are boring. Though not nearly as boring as idiots who are anti-union. Unions are created by people who screw workers. That's a given. Makes unions boring, but necessary. Support boring unions.

Comment: Not to Toronto? (Score 1) 1385

by JasonNolan (#27620413) Attached to: Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US
If they can't be bothered to include the 5th largest city in North America, they obviously aren't serious. :) Add Toronto to the list, and we can talk. Hooking the Northern New England corridor to the Empire corridor, as Canada builds the Quebec-Montreal-Toronto-Windsor line, then link the Windsor line with the Chicago hub network via Detroit, and you got a major network. Fun? WoW

Comment: Stop Blaming the Victim! Failure is Required. (Score 4, Insightful) 1316

by JasonNolan (#27203011) Attached to: Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?
I've taught for over 20 year, and have watched the rise of entitlement and expectation on the part of children and parents. And the inability of educators to disabuse students of this. And the media's willingness to capitalize on this. Children have been taught that this is what to expect, praised for expecting it, denied exposure to the mundane realities to follow, and inculcated into the cult of 'TV reality' that SL so rightly describes. I can tell you... my best interns are mothers in their late 30s-40s who are looking to improve opportunities for themselves, and thereby their children. That said, the solution is easy. And it is not merely turning post graduation employment opportunities into a nightmare of failure. We can manage expectations. We can raise the bar. We can expect more from students in high schools than standardized scores, and continue that level of expectation into college. Rule one for anyone that I know to be a self-motivated successful individual is that failure is a requirement. They don't put it that way. If you've never failed, you have never tested yourself or pushed yourself to the extreme of your abilities. You've never tried something radically new, if you've never failed. You expect success and you anticipate the attainment of your expectations if you've never pushed yourself. Children learn to push themselves from the models that they observe in their parents, teachers and social contacts... so if grads aren't what we expect, then we, collectively, have not been setting a good example. Blaming the victims of our collective failure is easier than our solving the problem from the ground up... and if we don't, then we're actually the same as those we're deriding. IMHO of course.

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