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Comment Math Education (Score 1) 1268

In the earlier years of school we were forced to do math quickly using math(mad) minutes. Basically a list of problems that you try to answer as quickly as possible. I was terrible at it but other kids zipped through them. I had trouble memorizing the times table and never really did. When I would solve problems I was solving the math problem each time not regurgitating numbers from memory. In order to solve problems it required me to understand the fundamentals of the math. I did terrible in math in the lower grades. Once the math got harder I got better grades and some students that used to do well struggled. I now almost have a math degree. I'm not sure if they teach math the same way these days? If they do I do not believe it's an beneficial way to teach math. I think the minds of young students would be very open to teach the fundamental building blocks of math. When I took discrete mathematics I thought the basic ideas in the class could be taught to children. I found one thing that was hard was changing the way I thought about math. A young mind might be much more open to those ideas.

Comment Sports (Score 3, Insightful) 502

Sports is the biggest thing that has kept me subscribing. Most TV programs are available for download in some form. Sports is something you generally want to watch live. More content is being moved online but it often is very restrictive, blacked-out and expensive. Then again nerds don't watch sports do we?

Comment Re:Open Source (Score 1) 365

One problem I see is that during the new deal public works projects needed a ton of manual labor. These days most of the money goes to large contractors and engineering firms. The percentage of money that goes to the lower echelon is quite a bit smaller. I don't think the new (new) deal will have quite the same results.

Comment Re:How will it affect Canadians? (Score 1) 734

The following countries are currently in the program:
  1. Andorra
  2. Austria
  3. Australia
  4. Belgium
  5. Brunei
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Estonia
  11. Germany
  12. Hungary
  13. Iceland
  14. Ireland
  15. Italy
  16. Japan
  17. Latvia
  18. Liechtenstein
  19. Lithuania
  20. Luxembourg
  21. Monaco
  22. the Netherlands
  23. New Zealand
  24. Norway
  25. Portugal
  26. Republic of Malta
  27. San Marino
  28. Singapore
  29. Slovenia
  30. Slovak Republic
  31. South Korea
  32. Spain
  33. Sweden
  34. Switzerland
  35. United Kingdom

Which countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program?

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