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Comment Re:Wikipedia is convenient, not accurate (Score 2) 186

This is the exact point I used to make to my high school students and now to the teachers I work with. The real problem is not whether or not Wikipedia is an "accurate" source. We should never trust one source as being the perfect model of accuracy. Instead we should look at multiple sources. But overall, as I told my high schoolers, it's a quick reference and should be treated as such. You shouldn't cite Wikipedia in a research paper. Not because it's unreliable, but because it's an encyclopedia.

Comment Re:Balance is the key (Score 1) 397

Good points. Another thing to remember is that a lot of this push towards STEM is in the middle and high schools. It's sorely needed there, and emphasizing it won't hurt humanities at all. For example. Not many years ago, the high school where I taught English was not very STEM friendly or humanities friendly. We were down to one real elective in English, a very popular mythology course. The others failed to "make" becasue not enough students signed up for them. Of course that was because most students were put in a "mandatory elective" writing class so they could pass a state writing test. They didn't have the room in their schedule for a real humanities elective. In the meantime, our "Career and Technical Education" department was going strong because students had to take a certain number of those classes. One of their more popular classes was "Sports Marketing." They had three or four sections of that. Now, these courses are changing a bit. They have fewer courses focusing on Jerry Maguire and more on robotics and coding.This is a good thing.

Comment Sounds familiar (Score 3, Interesting) 222

I'm having the same situation. AT&T swears up and down that they can give me U-verse service . . . until the tech gets there and finds out that the nearest box is miles away. They then tell me that they can probably get me DSL. But when I talk to the call center folks, they say they can't process a DSL order while the system says U-Verse is available. Don't worry, they say, as soon as the maps are updated, we can order your DSL. Almost a year later, the maps aren't updated. It's almost like they vigorously don't want my business.

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis