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Comment: The answer is... (Score 1) 663

by allonoak (#45320599) Attached to: A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core
D) 1. The test is clearly dealing with subtraction and parts missing vs the whole. That said, why they use the vocabulary they chose, not sure. Can't you teach the word 'equation' to first graders :P. #12 is lousy, though, since the solutions are not represented as equations that use subtraction. The test is TRYING to emulate different ways of saying and encountering subtraction, but still has room for improvement.

Comment: Re:Don't have to be perfect, just better (Score 1) 352

by allonoak (#43473487) Attached to: Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

. Driverless technology becomes workable when it is better than the average human driver.

The bar has always been set higher than individual responsibility because of liability lawsuits. Traditionally, if someone besides the 'victim' can be even remotely blamed, they will be held jointly responsible. This means that a vehicle that is faulty less often than a human driver will still be subject to numerous lawsuits unless they can prove the catastrophic failure was due completely to the abuse of the system by the driver. The system must either be near-perfect, or have enough failsafes built in that the car cannot be blamed for failures.

Comment: Re:Ha, you threaten teacher jobs and see what happ (Score 1) 570

by allonoak (#41820719) Attached to: Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?
The biggest opposition is that it was completely legislated without teacher input, and without a clear plan of how any of it would work and whether it would be funded 3 years from now. I'm a teacher who is opposed to it on those grounds, but not entirely opposed to all of the ideas. It just reeked of dirty business (like the way the online classes have to be done). On a side note: student motivation has always been one of the biggest hurdles for any educational system. If students can be motivated to take online classes, they very well may work, but that's been one of the biggest advantages of in-class lessons, is that the learning time is set aside, and there is someone there to help clarify concepts.

Comment: Re:Well, that's that. (Score 1) 54

by allonoak (#39808231) Attached to: Avian Flu Researcher Backs Down On Plan To Defy Publishing Ban
My argument was intentionally excessive. In general, the people who will read the article and understand it in the first place are those that have some experience in the field already, though probably a few who don't. The point is that if it can be weaponized, we at least have to think twice about it before throwing the information out there.

Comment: Re:Well, that's that. (Score 1) 54

by allonoak (#39796607) Attached to: Avian Flu Researcher Backs Down On Plan To Defy Publishing Ban

When a government says you can't publish because "someone might use it for bad things" that means you can't publish anything at all. It doesn't matter. A design for a new kind of architectural brick cannot be published because someone might make one and bash someone's head in.

This is different. You're talking about not just harming one or two people, you're talking about working with a virus that could possibly kill 1/10th of the world's population. From an excessive point of view: If someone developed a way to make a nuclear bomb out of superglue and rubber bands, you think they should publish that, too? The results: -No more superglue and rubber bands. and/or -A whole lot of nuclear weapons. Those are the two options.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 223

by allonoak (#39572979) Attached to: Do Tablets Help Children Learn?

Unfortunately wages today are so low that for most people having only one parent work is just impossible

Is it the low wages? Or is it the fact that people want to spend $600 on a new toy, and have all the great $10+ a month services like Netflix and Hulu, and all the 'necessary' apps, and they feel it is necessary to take vacations that invariably cost $4000+ .

I think we expect too much from our meager wage. You want to abandon children to daycare so you can have these things. Fine. Just don't blame it on the 'lousy no-good wages'.

I earn $30,000 a year and support my wife and daughter just fine. We have to cut back and set a budget, but we still save, we still give to charity, and we still go on vacation. But I have accepted that I can't afford the new toys regularly, that I have to be careful about what I buy, how often we eat out. It's a self-inflicted reduction of freedom, but I choose that so my daughter can have a parent at home with her to teach her. Instead of plugging her in to a babysitter.

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