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Comment: Re:Root of failure (Score 2) 273

by TWX (#49558219) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

We have forgotten that as parents we are the primary custodians of our children, that the chief job we as parents are to train our children

This is just about the only truly accurate statement in your post. Quite simply, the body of students in highly performing schools do well because their parents expect them to do well and help them to do well. The parents take time to help their kids learn, and they do not make excuses for poor results.

Unfortunately there's no way to compel the parent to do the right thing. If we want that right thing done, we pay for before-school and after-school programs, and we attempt to steer the kids in the right direction. Unfortunately that is difficult because schools are hampered in the discipline that they're allowed to use, and teachers get disillusioned working in underperforming schools.

I think the solution is to reduce class sizes and to essentially tie teacher pay to a combination of number of free-and-reduced kids in their classes and at the school and performance relative to the pupils' previous years. Basically if you're at a school in a very wealthy neighborhood, you aren't going to make as much money as those schools are no challenge by comparison, but if you're in a school with lots of Title 1 kids, you make more. This encourages veteran teachers to take on the harder schools, but ties incentive pay to the improvements they can make.

Comment: Re:Google Streams (Score 5, Insightful) 264

by TWX (#49558175) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed
You know, even if he's trolling about switching to Bing, I really don't like the new Google maps either. I don't like how the information section in the upper left takes up so much map space that one wants to close it to view the maps properly, but closing it removes any of the destination information that one sought the map out for in the first place. They also don't print well anymore, and it's both safer and much less illegal to look at a piece of paper when trying to find a destination than to deal with a cell phone where distracted driving laws apply.

Comment: Re:Google Streams (Score 5, Insightful) 264

by TWX (#49558161) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed
If I wanted a social media account, I would have signed up for a social media account. Youtube's comments section, bad as they were, got even worse with Google+ because now they post the "share this with other people" comments to the Youtube video comments page, so what had been discussion on youtube, as bad as it admittedly got at times, now wasn't even discussion anymore, just peoples' notes when sharing videos to third parties.

Google+ failed in part because the people that could have championed it for Google, ie, all of us geeks that signed up for Gmail back when you had to be invited to join, were repulsed by Google's choice to push it on us, and everyone else was probably already using another social networking site and didn't want to add another one to the stable.

I have plenty of places to be narcissistic, I don't need Google+ on top of it.

Comment: Re:The study was flawed (Score 1) 90

by TWX (#49549499) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

Thanks to Bayer and Shell, good luck finding untainted samples...

So your knee-jerk response is to blame flawed science on "BIG EVIL KORPARASHUNS!!!!"

Tell us, what color is the sky on your world?

No, I'm well aware of how agribusiness works, and how commissioned salesmen actually do a lot of work to sell as much product as possible. Much of my extended family is in farming, either as farmers, or as those who sell products or services to farmers.

Farmers want the best yields possible. They assume that the products advertised to them are acceptable, and they use those products widely if they seem to solve the ill that the farmer was fighting against. As such, it's very likely that Bayer and Shell have managed to sell this product to loads and loads of farmers.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 1) 169

by TWX (#49548177) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches
I actually fall more into his camp than yours, and have been using Slashdot in some capacity or another for more than fifteen years.

Learn all that you want about computers and other electronics-based technology. That knowledge will go obsolete very quickly, and those that come after you won't value that you knew it. It's profitable as a job, but for long-term gratification being able to admire one's body of work it's sorely lacking.

As of next Tuesday, C will be flushed in favor of COBOL. Please update your programs.

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