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Comment: Re:Philosophy of Science (Score 1) 794

by srobert (#47967955) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Any one that the students care to discuss. If one of them were to assert that the FSM created the universe, and that the moon being made of parmesan cheese is evidence of it. I could at least give him credit him for putting forth a falsifiable proposition arising from his hypothesis.

Comment: Re:Philosophy of Science (Score 5, Insightful) 794

by srobert (#47964599) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

That's exactly why I suggest that teaching about creationism IS appropriate for a science class. If I were a biology teacher (and my approach were permissible), when the subject of creationism inevitably came up in the class, rather than dismiss it with the arrogant assertion that "this is a science class, we'll not discuss your religion here", I would, instead, follow up with a discussion of Popper's criteria. Then I might request a short essay discussing how well evolutionary theory or creationism met the criteria for a scientific hypothesis.
That, in my opinion, is part of teaching science.

Comment: Re:Urgh (Score 1) 531

by srobert (#47760823) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Mostly the propaganda comes from the private sector rather than our government. For example, health insurance companies have Americans (or at least the stupid ones) convinced that a national health care system, or single-payer will result in substandard care and long waiting lines. My friends in Canada think we're chumps.

Comment: Re:Use FreeBSD? (Score 1) 430

by srobert (#47600375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

The FreeBSD Handbook and forums are awesome. I use FreeBSD on my laptop, but also have Arch Linux running in a VM. Arch Linux is also incredibly well documented. On the Linux side of things, the fragmentation means that what you learn for one distro may not apply well to another. To the OP I'd advise, just focus on the documentation that applies to the distro that you're running. If it's not good or it's out of date, then choose a different distro.

Comment: Re:public employee unions poison (Score 1) 688

by srobert (#47066887) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

"The shortcomings of US public education is a joint effort of teachers, unions, government administrators, and politicians."
So what about the parents? Teachers aren't being given much to work with since people with 3 digit IQ's decided they don't want to reproduce anymore. They're getting blamed for failing to teach chimpanzees to do trigonometry.

Comment: Apprenticeships (Score 1) 367

by srobert (#46826901) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

I learned to weld, do electrical work, air conditioning and refrigeration repair, boiler operations, etc. through an apprenticeship. It's a good deal. You get paid to learn. There's a catch though. You've got to join a union. No knowledgeable journeyman is going to train you if you're someplace where seniority doesn't count.
These days I've moved on to being a licensed professional engineer. Working my way through college on union wages, I graduated without owing any student loans.

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce