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Comment: Re:Fundamentals (Score 3, Informative) 213

by tsa (#48150051) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

Indeed! It was horrendously bad in the 1990s in the Netherlands. I have a friend who was graduating from 'teaching school' then. She sent me emails riddled with spelling errors and crooked sentences. Amazingly she got her degree no problem. Later, in the early 2000s the govenment finally found out that something had to be done and they settled for a mandatory writing and math test for everyone who wanted to teach 4 - 12 year olds. The majority of the people who took those tests failed miserably. Things have improved a lot since then. My friend also improved and I get messages from her with normal Dutch sentences and well-spelled words. She even teaches dyslectic kids how to read and write now.

Comment: Re:Summary is Troll Rant (Score 1) 795

by tsa (#47966979) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Of course that is true but our discussions are mostly about religion or alternative medicine, or ghosts and angels and the like. I don't dismiss them outright but I am very scepticle about claims people make about these.

I believe science is based on beliefs. Not only can you do no science if you keep having to check if h, and e still have the same value, but much of science begins with the belief that a certain hypothesis might be the base of a good theory. On the other hand, if someone writes down an alternative to an established theory, many scientists will often dismiss it outright because of their strong beliefs in the existing theory.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken