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Comment: Re:You have a sick idea of "shelter" (Score 1) 701

by ajlisows (#40257443) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

A lot depends on the details of the situation. I was lucky enough to be in a class with about 7 extremely intelligent students. I learned with them, bounced ideas off them, and competed with them. I feel this was the most important part of my public education. No teacher (home or school) could have replicated the experience and extra learning I obtained from my peers. Of course, I'm sure there are many more who lose the dice roll and end up with a bunch of neanderthals in their class.

Comment: Re:Probably lost the sale, too! (Score 1) 339

by ajlisows (#39959423) Attached to: Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

I discussed this type of thing with my wife prior to getting married. She understands that if (for some reason) I was asked to participate in a manned space mission that I will be going regardless of the prospects for my safe return. I don't think the idea is that preposterous.

Comment: Re:I put 3 kids through the UNC system no debt (Score 1) 541

by ajlisows (#39930997) Attached to: Universities Hold Transcripts Hostage Over Loans

Right. Only kids with parents able to pay should be able to go to college. Your snowflakes are clearly more special than the snowflakes born to poor parents. Kids with parents who work low paying jobs should just follow their parents into the same low paying jobs. Kids with parents who don't have jobs should just continue that trend. Who needs upward mobility in a society. The Caste System worked great for a very long time.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/05/07/2117209/universities-hold-transcripts-hostage-over-loans#

Comment: Re:Even though it shoud probably not be illegal... (Score 1) 238

by ajlisows (#39880023) Attached to: NYC Teachers Forbidden To "Friend" Students

I really am not sure if using Facebook would be a positive thing or not. However, there are a lot of discussions about how schools are failing to leverage technology to help students learn and teachers teach. Is cutting off a possible tool really the smartest thing to do?

Comment: Re:There you have it (Score 1) 672

by ajlisows (#39648501) Attached to: Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

I'm going with "Gay people have a genetic disorder. We have to cure the gays of their gayness!"

By "cure" they will mean "throw into a vat of boiling oil" or "press them with rocks" in an attempt to burn or squeeze the gay out of them. It is a fail safe solution. None of the subjects displayed symptoms of being gay after "treatment".

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