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Comment: Re:It is ludicrous (Score 1) 115

by Ol Olsoc (#48679975) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

We should just offer a trade school option starting in high school, like some other countries do. That's where people can have the shop and metal working classes.

Problem is, we still have College uber alles guidance counselors and administration. We had a technical school, an dI took a modified curriculum of Academic plus Electronics. But it was a fight the whole way - the counselors discouraged it, and I even got a sit down with the school Principle, where he told me I was such a smart boy, why would I make people think I was one of those dumb "teckkers".

I didn't listen, and haven't regretted it for a moment. It wasn't easy, and my schedule was weird and full to say the least. But having both academic plus a useful trade to fall back on has served me well through life.

Perhaps there is something in that that might be more useful to everyone than simply extending the school year.

Comment: Re:It is ludicrous (Score 1) 115

by Ol Olsoc (#48679921) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

The really terrible thing is they are cutting things like shop and metal working, which is really what we need.

Not saying high school should become a pre-trade school, but they shouldn't completely ignore the fact that there are non-university career paths, and in the current job market, they may even be a better choice.

All part of the "College education is a must" thinking. Even when I was in High school, 40 years ago, they were working at getting rid of them, Shop wasn't available for the Academic students.

Fast forward to today, we have kids with degrees, graduating with over 100K debt, getting their job at McDonalds, and applying for government aid.

And they can't figure out how to fix a leaky faucet.

Comment: Re:Summer vacation is a vestigial remnant... (Score 1) 115

by Ol Olsoc (#48679863) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

A warning to anyone that does want to make such an argument... I will bury your ass alive in facts.

As far as I know, or at least in my area, the contracts with the individual teachers are for the term of the school year. Roughly 9 months. 3 months not.

Unless you are suggesting a massive pay cut, the cure is simple. Extend the contract to year round, and make the pay reflect that period. This would not be unlike a regular 32 hour, or 40 hour contract with an employee. Where I worked we had a type of employee who was essentially full time part time. Every year, they signed a contract for a specific number of hours.

I doubt even in your anti-union fervor, you would support a 25 percent increase in working hours without a commensurate increase in pay, especially since many (most, all?) contracts are already written in that way.

Comment: Re:Keep the kids longer and don't send homework (Score 3, Interesting) 115

by Ol Olsoc (#48679791) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

he parents all agree their child should be taught math, so the debate should be between educators on *how* to do it. I guarantee you that there would be next to no debate if parents were not asked to help with homework. If we limit what we teach to what all parents understand, then we're done. Turn the lights off and crawl back into our caves.

This got me to thinking, and I would love to see it tried in a classroom as an experiment

I positively stunk at math and algebra. It didn't help that the teacher was as inspiring as poi, but still I stunk.

Then in my electronics courses, our teacher taught us how to use the slide rule. At that point, the mechanical adaptation of numbers to most functions just made something click in my mind. I did a 180 on math subjects - even without using the slide rule. Just by luck, I was in on the last class to learn the use of slide rules in my area.

This isn't a get off my lawn thing. I just think that the way the slide rule presents the numbers, and the obvious relationships between the different rules, and the way it trains you to use notation are just something that might help students learn math subjects. To this day, I keep a slide rule in the garage. The batteries on those things seem to last forever.

Comment: Re:I'd rather see a longer school year (Score 1) 115

by Ol Olsoc (#48679727) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

People get less productive as the day gets longer, especially students. I think there would be far more benefit to extending the school year and abandoning summer holidays than there would be to extending the school day.

And exactly what part of working for minimum wage (or less if we eradicate it) requires year round schooling?

Comment: Re:It is ludicrous (Score 1) 115

by Ol Olsoc (#48679705) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

It is ludicrous to make the assertion that adding 40 minutes of time to the school day will magically add a month more of learning. The mentally that more time in school equals more learning is very flawed.

I agree, but even if it did work, what would be the point? More unemployed degree holders?

I suspect the the US is on the verge of a "job creator" induced brain drain, as well educated students find that working at McDonald's isn't the career they had spent those longer days studying for.

Comment: Re: and if it goes down full stike on NK (Score 1) 53

by Ol Olsoc (#48678075) Attached to: South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks

You mean like the U.S.'s domestic oil production that Bush couldn't pursue because environmentalists couldn't bear the impact it would have on their cause?

Oh wait, somehow it's OK now because their own guy is in office?

If you were paying attention, these Environmental Strawmen you are railing against are just as pissed at th e current occupant as they were at President Cheney.

Comment: sheesh (Score 1) 462

by Ol Olsoc (#48676953) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In
I'm not anti immigration, but it seems like sort of an inefficient system. I mean if 95 percent of great programmers aome from outside the US, does that mean we're for shit at programming, or does the rest of the world turn out programmers that aren't great too? If a non-us Citizen is already a geat programmer, there should be no problem getting him or her over here.

Oh wait......

THen we'd have to pay them what they are worth, and not rely on the indentured servant system.......

Comment: Other ideas for Blliy (Score 4, Funny) 175

by Ol Olsoc (#48675389) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology
I was just on Youtube, and they have energy figured out:

You can heat your house with two tea candles and a couple clay flower pots:

Perpetual motion:

There is a lot more. These guys and gals have us to the point of completely free energy.

But while the communist cabal of evil "real" scientists are all busy trying to shackle the world with their hoohaw global warming money and freedom grab when they aren't out killing puppies, and figuring out ways to break Jerry Sandusky out of jail - the true inventors working tirelessly in their garages have solved all our energy problems

WAKE UP AMERICA! from a cave in Idaho, where men are still men, and the sheep are pretty nervous

Comment: Re:Boring (Score 2) 64

by Ol Olsoc (#48673807) Attached to: The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

They didn't even have a pole. Just what are they teaching women about how to make money these days?

I expect to be downmodded to the lowest level of turtles, but I think it is the idea of since today, dancing is quite popular, and that if they can get young girls to think that programmers dance all day, they might decide to become programmers.

I mean Beyonce is a programmer right?

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