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Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 473

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#48229255) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
Good for you, but I will not go to God, humbly or otherwise. Because his existence cannot be proven, I choose not to believe. Nor will I believe until I have held a gun to his head and dragged him to the Hague to stand trial for all the crimes committed in his unholy name.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 473

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#48224973) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Sorry to be rude, but I don't think there's any peer-reviewed scientific evidence that Meyers-Briggs is anything but pseudoscientific bullshit. I think the real problem is that teaching is a shit job. The pay sucks, the hours aren't much better, the continuing education requirements are onerous, and the job gets no respect.

What sane American would take a public school teaching position if they can get a better deal doing something else?

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 2) 473

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#48224719) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

I listen to the answers. I don't necessarily believe them, though. IMHO, the powers that be forfeited our trust, especially when they trot out explanations like "executive privilege" or "national security" or "market conditions".

If I was Job, and Yahweh gave me that whole "Where were you when I made the world" routine, I'd say, "That's a cop-out, and you damned well know it. If you made me in your image, then you made me capable of understanding your reasons. Explain yourself."

At which point Yahweh would probably say, "fuck this guy", and try to smite me.

Comment: Re:We had a distributed social network (Score 1) 253

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#48224615) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

But as soon as that becomes easy to do, all the troll and assholes start coming out of the woodwork. So you need a way to filter them out.. and eventually there's so many of them that doing it manually is impractical.. so then you need algorithms.. and then we're back where we started anyway.

The only algorithm we need is the whitelist. Block all incoming comms from people with whom you haven't established a mutually consensual association. If somebody sends you a friend request (to borrow Facebook's terminology) and you refuse it, that's the last you should ever hear from that person. That should stop most of the trolls and assholes, and force the determined ones to up their game by learning basic social engineering techniques, like how to impersonate decent human beings.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 473

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#48224075) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

You'd have sounded more intelligent if you had argued that we as a society have a compelling interest in ensuring that kids grow up with a semblance of an education that outweighs their right as human beings to be free of unnecessary compulsion. Instead, you just had to start ranting.

Sir/Madam, you have been trolled. Have a nice day. *tips hat*

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 473

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#48224027) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

make being smart Cool (maybe have some sort of points system that unlocks Media for getting good grades)

Being smart as in K-4 won't be cool until being smart is cool in high school. Being smart won't be cool in high school until being smart becomes a great way to be popular and get laid. To be quite honest, I'm more likely to win the Man Booker Prize before that happens.

Comment: Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (Score 1) 473

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#48223963) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

But two groups of other kids their age they especially need to socialize with are other smart kids (to learn early on that they aren't the only or the smartest kid around) and other kids with talents which the smart kid doesn't have (to learn that there are other valuable talents besides being "smart").

I don't agree with you. I think smart kids can learn this from adults outside their family, but I don't have the qualifications or the facts to prove it, so I'll back off for now.

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