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Comment: Re:yep, but it's not politically correct (Score 1) 1259

by jthayden (#29799569) Attached to: Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads
I have no problems with anything you say, but you need to understand that academia is working with a different set of value system than you are. Obviously you think yours is better. They aren't interested in advancing your career just in advancing knowledge. How much money something will make is not what they really care about. Universities do not see it as their job to prepare you for your future job. They also don't see you as a "customer". The fact that you think they should shows a deep misunderstanding of the role Universities see themselves in. Arguing that they should conform to your value system makes no more sense then you conforming to theirs. Except that they have what you want, the diploma that will increase your salary.

Comment: Re:yep, but it's not politically correct (Score 4, Interesting) 1259

by jthayden (#29794483) Attached to: Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads
You start from the false premise the education is meant to prepare you for a job. It's not. Academia rightfully doesn't give a sh** about weather it's preparing you to shuffle work around or not. That's not it's goal, and I don't think it should be. It's goal is for you to learn things, and perhaps eventually further the field for the few that choose to continue. Learning for learning's sake is their goal and an admirable one.

Comment: Re:Not as simple as that. (Score 1) 441

by jthayden (#29671109) Attached to: MIT Axes the 500-Word Application Essay
IANAT but why would you narrow the band at all? Let's say questions have a difficulty rating one to ten. I'd start with a five, if it's correct, ask a six if not ask a four. Whenever they get a question wrong drop a one point of difficulty, when correct raise it one. In theory a person would end up bouncing around their proper area of difficulty. Figure out how long it takes a person to reach their optimal range and average their scores after that point. It'll take at least five questions even if you're perfect, so maybe it takes ten. In a twenty question test only the last ten would be counted in the average while the first ten would be making sure you had enough time to get in the proper range.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.