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Comment: Re:Chalk (Score 1) 386

by bangular (#49727159) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students
Good technology use is subtle. You mention whiteboards. This is a perfect example of good technology use. No chalk dust and in most cases the ink is more visible. Simple technologies like recording lectures is another example. We've had cheap video recording for a very long time. Now we have cheap delivery methods of those recordings (youtube). Maybe one day we'll reach the point where someone can do their calculus homework on a pressure-sensitive tablet and have a computer recognize where they made the mistake and explain why it's wrong.

A perfect example of where technology goes wrong is the Pearson mylab products. The technology is not subtle and not flexible. People spend a lot of time screwing around with inputting equations and other issues that don't help with learning. You don't spend time learning, you spend time making the software happy.

Comment: Re:Scientific American begs to differ (Score 1) 385

by bangular (#49500417) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
Maybe this tells us more about intelligence tests than anything. IQ has mostly been dismissed as an end all measure. We now know we can measure a persons intelligence a number of ways. IQ may have been a measure of a very specific type of intelligence, but had little correlation with one's life happiness.

Comment: Re:Mis-use=reviewer don't do their job (Score 2) 208

by bangular (#49494455) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values
I agree in principle, but the reality is a huge number of reviewers don't really understand the research paper they're reviewing. They are more concerned with things like "no previous research has been done" vs "little previous research has been done" and independence assumptions.

Comment: Re:If all you care about are numbers (Score 1) 201

My high school education in Florida (about 10 years ago) consisted of studying for the FCAT and almost nothing else. We'd typically have 1 or 2 dedicated classes in our schedule called "research" or some other euphemism for FCAT where we'd just study for that test. Florida really let down a whole generation of children with that test. I didn't receive a meaningful K-12 education because all we did was study for one test. It took me many remedial classes in college to catch up to where I should have been.

Comment: Re:Well they wanted the results (Score 3, Insightful) 201

Statistics and economics. It's always statistics and economics.

The vast majority of decisions and funding in this country come from statistics. Unfortunately, the powers that be rarely have that background and don't understand that most statistics act as a proxy for the underlying issue they are trying to affect. We want "smarter" kids, so we give them a test which measures their "smartness." If their test scores improve, we give the schools more money. What we've actually done is incentivized everyone to cheat and disconnect that proxy measure from the child's "smartness."

That's the problem we have when the administrators of this country have degrees that never required a calculus based stats course. They don't understand the complexity of the numbers and think all numbers are equal.

Comment: Re:Perhaps a more interesting metric would be... (Score 2) 94

by bangular (#49182567) Attached to: Demand For Linux Skills Rising This Year
From Simpsons Poochie episode
"So you want a realistic, down-to-earth show that’s completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots?"

My experience with most companies is that what they say and do are two completely different things. Of course they're going to ask for all skills ever possible, but they aren't willing to pay for the skills they claim to want. The question I always see is "are critical thinking skills important to you?" Of course every business is going to claim they want critical thinking skills. But in reality, most won't pay the premium those skills cost, nor do they want those skills to question stupid business practices.

Again, how they respond to these stupid surveys and what they do in practice are two different things.

Comment: Re:More EVs = More Infrastructure = More Sales (Score 2) 181

by bangular (#48813043) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025
EV's are an afterthought for every manufacturer except Telsa. At best, they're tinker toys to help get their average MPG to a rate that makes Uncle Sam happy. 100% of Tesla's sales are EV's. Less than 1% of GM's are EV's. I just still don't see anyone taking EV's seriously except Tesla. They want an EV presence "just in case."

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?