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Comment: Re:Some will be troubled (Score 1) 65

I don't know whether their definition of grit is right and I don't know if their magic algorithm is right. I do know that our schools do not teach grit. I do know that our schools have you do 40 copies of the same math problem for homework. I share concerns about the gamification of education, but the particular issue you bring up was it created by educational games.

Comment: Re:Some will be troubled (Score 1) 65

> Nothing wrong with encouraging kids to work hard, but are you comfortable with Google and Khan Academy using (presumably) tax-free money and their mysterious "grit algorithm" to determine education haves and have-nots?

Yes. I am comfortable trying a bunch of things to see what works. Many people are comfortable continuing what we know doesn't work. I am not.

Comment: Re: We 'must' compete (Score 3, Insightful) 65

The world is about competition. Even non-profit organizations are about competition. It might make you feel better to teach kids what you call "cooperation", but since you think cooperation is the opposite of competition, then you should be kept away from teaching children anything about life. People like you have heavily influenced education for 3 or 4 decades, and as a result we are churning out people who have no idea how the world works, and especially how markets work (to enable efficient cooperation).

Comment: Some will be troubled (Score 2) 65

The current education system doesn't work, and some will be troubled as we attempt various other ways that might work. Some will be troubled as we displace people who currently operate the system that doesn't work.

As for the linked complaint about grit implying that poor kids are poor because they don't try hard, who cares what it implies? I don't care if it hurts someone's feelings to misinterpret what this may or may not imply. I don't care if poor kids are poor because of external reasons. What does it matter? Should we spend our time explaining to them that they are victims of a system and have no hope, or should we teach them how to work hard? Perhaps grit is even more important for poor kids who have to work even harder to get out from where they started?

Politically correct jerks can be offended all they want. That doesn't help kids achieve.

Comment: Re: Minimum Wage (Score 0) 1076

by mattwarden (#49731931) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I love this argument. Left wing nuts expand the welfare state to no end. And then point out that people are using the endless welfare programs. Then that is somehow reason to do even more idiotic left wing nut policies so we can reduce usage of welfare programs.

Before I get stuck in an infinite loop of left wing idiocy, I would like to ask: if your goal is to control welfare spending, then why the hell do you keep expanding welfare programs?

The most hilarious part is that your prime example was Medicaid. It was you left wing nuts that just told us in 2009 that we had to expand Medicaid to everyone and their brother in order to achieve health care utopia. And now you're complaining that a lot of people are on Medicaid? You set the fscking eligibility criteria!

Go away, clown.

Comment: Re: Minimum Wage (Score 1, Insightful) 1076

by mattwarden (#49731803) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

You thought you were avoiding the trap of his question, but the reality is all answers lead you to a trap, because raising the minimum wage is dumb policy. Your bell curve comment makes no sense and I think a bell curve is not what you mean. What you mean, I think, is that raising the min wage improves the lives of everyone or at least a subset of socioeconomic strata, then at some point you get diminishing returns for that subset, and then at some point you actually have negative consequences for that subset. So assuming that is what you mean, that isn't a bell curve concept, but I get why you said that. Let's assume that's what you mean.

Unfortunately, that does not make sense. You seem to have ignored the very valid point my friend made at the end of his post, which is unfortunate because that was the KEY point. Most policies like this only sound good if you assume an otherwise static economy. But that's silly. In this case, if Sally's work output is worth $13 per hour to the company, so long as her wage is less than $13 per hour, she is likely to have a job available (gross oversimplification, but true enough for the purposes of this discussion). Now suppose Sally's city imposes a $14/hr min wage. Sally is ecstatic about getting a raise until she instead gets a pink slip. This is because the company will produce less output. The company will not produce incremental output from Sally, because every hour Sally works means a loss of $1 in profit. An actual loss of $1 per hour; don't get confused and think I am referring to a loss relative to a lower wage. I am speaking about Sally being a net negative on the company's financial viability because every hour of her work costs $14 but her output is only worth $13. The company will let Sally go. Further, this is what should happen to keep the economy healthy; otherwise you are pumping $14 into a machine and getting $13 out of it, when an economy is supposed to do the opposite.

So the mistake your side makes is misunderstanding that at every incremental raise of the min wage, jobs are lost. It doesn't matter that workers have more money to spend, unless that increase in volume leads to inflation of prices, this resulting in Sally's output being worth $14+ from inflation. But your side insists min wage increases do not cause inflation and only lead to higher demand (volume). If volume demanded increases without inflation, that actually has no impact because Sally's company will not produce more units at negative margin. In fact Sally's company will produce less than before the increase in demand.

And if it does lead to inflation, Sally may not get canned, but that is a regressive cost that will hurt many lower wage workers and definitely the unemployed, whose benefits are not indexed to local inflation.

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