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Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49493077) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The problem is it shouldn't be impressive, it use to be called being a good parent.

Well, I think you went above and beyond a little by actually melting down rock :) I have some projects with the kids - those "science" kits from the teacher/parent store, Mindstorms, Hour of Code, that sort of thing... but melting rock in a forge is pretty hard core.

Add in that now with the internet you can quickly find out about things you have limited or no knowledge about and it is a lot easier than when I was little.

Indeed. The challenge now seems to be teaching the kids to vet information since it is now trivial to access. I'm struggling a bit with how to do this, but I think surfing the internet with them seems to be effective.

Another thing that has helped with exposing them to different thing is having my son in Cub Scouts.

I think this depends heavily on your local chapter. I was extremely unimpressed as a child, and my kids have not gotten into Girl Scouts/Cub Scouts - though there is of course still time.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49490303) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The main issue is that no one seems to agree on what to measure. "Student performance" is too fuzzy. Does that mean "proficiency"? Well, that's straightforward. But then you have problems graduating students who never become proficient, and it points out just how unfair society is. No one likes that! No one has created a metric that gives all parties an artificial warm and fuzzy feeling for all parties, that is very true.

Comment: Re: IBM PC was an open platform (Score 1) 175

by MightyYar (#49489021) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Openly documented does not mean you were allowed to clone it. Compaq had to reverse engineer the PC BIOS using engineers who had never looked at the BIOS. These engineers wrote a spec that a separate set of engineers then had to implement. It was very costly and laborious and resulted in a landmark court victory for Compaq.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49488989) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

Standardized testing as a grading mechanism for teachers doesn't fix anything.

I don't know if that is true or not, but I haven't seen teachers themselves propose an objective criteria for measuring their performance.

The responsibility of school is not to provide a supplement or replacement for bad parenting.

Reality disagrees with you.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49488965) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

With my kids it has been let the schools teach what they can, then spend the time to actually really teach them things properly and fill in the large quantity of gaps left by teaching to the test.

Yes, for financial and social reasons we would like to use the public schools. The tradeoff is a whole lot of teaching at home.

The work you do with your kid is impressive! Keep it up!

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49488665) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

If that is the reality, then we should change the system to reflect the reality. If we are, in effect, babysitting the kids then let's do it right. These kids are all of our problems when they "graduate" or otherwise leave school with no skill except going to prison.

The main thing I see in Atlanta is a poor incentive system that assumed teachers would be more honest than the population at large, which obviously was a shitty assumption.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49488619) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

At least the pediatrician is somewhat constrained by organizations which do (mostly) adhere to the scientific method. FDA drug trials, peer-reviewed articles, etc. But yeah, there is still a lot of guessing going on. To be fair, they can't really run a controlled experiment on an individual patient, so they have to do some guessing.

Comment: Re:Real fight (Score 4, Informative) 175

by MightyYar (#49488357) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Market share is not as important as "profit share". This is true for both device makers and App developers. Apple matters very much, with only 20% market share by unit but 89% by profit. On the app front, Apple paid out $10 billion to developers last year while Google paid out $7 billion.

So yes, they still are relevant.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49488255) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

I only started thinking about children once I had them :)

I'm just now looking into education matters, and I'm absolutely horrified at how unscientific it all is. "Best practices" in education are often just the fad philosophy of the day and educators rebel furiously against any attempt to objectively measure their performance. I don't know what the answer is, but I'm trying to do as much as I can locally.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 1) 319

by MightyYar (#49488171) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

Common Core seems to have some evidence-based philosophy behind it, but from what I can tell Everyday Math is a steaming pile of "theory" with a few smallish case-studies. From what I can tell, educators mostly hate Common Core because of the testing aspect - in other words, they don't like being objectively measured.

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