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Comment Re:Education is not a zero sum game (Score 1) 300

And I'm sure they can find time to squeeze that in without disrupting the other subjects.

Why not disrupt some subjects? I mean, I loved Geography, and did really well in that class, but honestly, it felt like it was there to fill in a slot of time because the school didn't have anything else to teach.

Comment Coding will help with math though (Score 1) 300

There's nothing wrong with basic exposure to computer science. But it should not come at the expense of fundamental skills such as reading, writing and mathematics

But so many people struggle to see what the point is of the math they learn beyond arithmetic. But if they had a semester/year of programming before taking algebra, many of the struggles that they have with math between arithmetic and calculus will be gone. Teachers won't need to think of story problems to try and help students realize that math is used. The students will already know how to apply many mathematical principles because they've used them, or see how they can be used, in their programs.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here, move on (Score 4, Insightful) 348

remember that the people of America actually elected a self-confessed ex-drunk like GWB into that office

What's wrong with voting for a self-confessed ex-drunk? I don't see it being bad at all for a imperfect person running for office to say "I used to have a problem, but I no longer have the problem, or am at least managing the problem". I can see a problem with an alcoholic who lies to himself and doesn't believe he's an alcoholic; I can see a problem with an alcoholic who hides it from the public and lies about it when confronted. But someone who's reformed? I don't see the problem.

Comment Re:Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 2) 381

The Right To Be Forgotten is one of those things that just can't be enforced well, which also runs counter to most other countries' ideas about fundamental rights.

I think it only runs counter to America's ideas about fundamental rights. Every other country seems to be fine about letting the government control what people can and can't see.

Comment Re:Distraction? (Score 1) 371

I can't see how this would be anything but a distraction and counter-productive.

Because sometimes humans need distractions during the routine of the day to be more productive.

There are plenty of articles out there talking about how many Chinese, having grown up with no siblings or cousins, and two parents who only care about their schooling, have never really developed soft social skills, or did much out of school. So once they're out of school and are now working, struggle with doing activities outside of work. So distractions during the day, for someone who's only going to be thinking about work, should they actually go home, probably creates a similar balance in that someone, that you get from going home at the end of the day.

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