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Comment: Re:Put them to work (Score 1) 1054

by joeme1 (#39424025) Attached to: Teacher Suspended For Reading <em>Ender's Game</em> To Students

Please don't place such a condescending stereotype on conservatives. I believe myself to be quite conservative, but I've read Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow (I will finish the rest as I have the opportunity). A colleague of mine at a small midwestern middle school assigned Ender's Game to his students and they read it together in class. He also taught Sunday School at a small conservative church. He received no backlash from parents.
    And to say that conservative literature and ideas are embraced by those who are "less intelligent" is intolerant and hateful. (See what I did there? Those are "Liberal" attack words.)
    Even though I am a conservative parent and teacher, I can't wait until my children and students are capable of thinking for themselves. As a teacher, I don't see success in test scores, I see it in students' abilities to synthesize information, to discern good information from crap, and to be able to reason through new and challenging situations on their own. But I do occasionally encounter parents who fear a child who can out-think them, or succeed where they failed. It is unfortunate, but it isn't restricted to conservatives. There are people with very liberal ideologies who fail to see the benefits of proper education.

Comment: Re:digital gram scale as an extra? (Score 1) 176

by joeme1 (#35434546) Attached to: Ex-Microsoft CTO Writes $625 Cookbook
There's also the problem of ounces (weight) and ounces (volume) . That concept isn't reinforced in enough classrooms. Then you have to have dry measuring cups, liquid measuring cups, and spoons and it gets to be a confusing mess. My wife likes to use a scale, until I met her, I never knew anyone with a scale in the kitchen. Now I don't understand why it isn't more commonplace.

Comment: Re:How about we send everybody a text (Score 1) 573

by joeme1 (#35037576) Attached to: Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber
This could have worked the other way. If she had been in a crowded bus when receiving the text, and ended up heading to an area that wasn't as crowded as she had hoped, it could have been the opposite, and no one would have been wiser. Random texts or half rings would irritate more than save lives. You can never be sure that the bomber isn't in a preschool dropping off her kids before going to blow up somewhere else.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 332

by joeme1 (#34783542) Attached to: Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?
As in multiple computers and other devices coming out recently, there is a separate display for typing, which is oriented similarly to a keyboard. And glass is harder than fingernail (Mohs hardness = glass is about 6-6.5, fingernail is 2-2.5 or so.) Fingernails won't damage glass, but silicates in grubby fingertips might.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)