Comment: Boa Constrictor Without Sin? (Score 0, Redundant) 478
Unfortunately, immaculate conception has to do with being born without original sin, not children without semen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_conception
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Unfortunately, immaculate conception has to do with being born without original sin, not children without semen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_conception
Thanks for playing.
The priests use condoms? Are they really expecting 12 year olds to have STD's? South Africa must be in bad shape.
Can you estimate a pile of pennies?
I definitely misread that about three times as something more naughty, and thought two things:
a.) What the hell is that?
b.) You are a terrible, terrible father.
The majority of children need that repetition to even recall how to do basic addition, subtraction. Do you know how many children struggle with basic arithmetic all through elementary school. In my school district at least, there was a tiered system that seemed to work very well. You were in an essentially randomized teacher's classroom in elementary school (out of 3 classes per grade). Then you were split into high, medium, and low groups, and actually switched teachers for math section, even in elementary school. Within each of these groups, there were 34 subtiers each with 58 students, except for the highest of the high, where they pretty much just sit you down with an algebra book and tell you to go to town.
As long as teachers make this sort of differentiation among students, they are all getting (in the teacher's judgement at least) the exact subject matter / practice time that they need.
I don't think your suggestion that only some students see a fraction by grade 6 is necessarily valid. There were 8 students in my middle school class of about 300 that had a teacher shipped in from the high school to teach Algebra 1 in 6th grade, whereas there were other students that had a specialized twoyear FreshmanSophomore Algrebra 1 curriculum.
I don't know when / where you were in school, but at least in Missouri (a region not exactly known for pushing education bounds), differentiation is pretty common, in math / reading. Science / history are another subject (pardon the pun).
Better question: what the fuck is up with everyone else besides Americans assuming that one or two school officials in isolated incidents means ALL americans are paranoid? I'm not paranoid.
Oh no, you're not paranoid. All the nonAmericans are out to make us look bad.
What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.