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Comment Filipinos are protesting this. (Score 5, Informative) 103

Before anyone overreacts, keep in mind that this is being challenged. Multiple petitioners have filed against it:

Also, the country's journalism community was part of that filing:

Some legislators have voiced concerns about it:

And if they're on the ball, the nation's version of the ACLU - the Civil Liberties Union of the Philippines - will be weighing in soon. The point is that this is not a done deal yet. There's no question that it's an ugly blow, but very few citizens trust the Filipino government with sweeping powers. The only question is what the protesters/challengers endurance is in fighting it.

Comment Re:It's not just the textbooks (Score 1) 446

I don't know about Soviet mathematics, but I remember a strain of Soviet biology called "Lysenkoism". It wasn't exactly the direction anyone should have let biology go.

The lesson is that instead of claiming political left or right paradigms as being superior in textbook production, people should care about accuracy and effectiveness in imparting lessons. The accuracy of a text and it's ability to to impart math concepts is measurable in ways objective and separate from any political stances the system producing it may have: Either the student knows his/her multiplication and division to his integrals and differentials, or he/she doesn't. There's no politics in mathematics anyway, nor should there be; there's only the study of quantities and what the application of those studies does to aid our understanding of the universe. There's no left/right dogma to it; that's a non-mathematical imposition.

On top of all that, you can find plenty of lower socialist countries on the national mathematics rankings.

The correct solution is to provide more correct and better written textbooks. Not simply presume that left-wing education models will be better. You're providing zero evidence for that, as well as an unsupported assertion that capitalism does not deliver good education. The extensive alumni base of universities - most notably private universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Notre Dame - give lie to that statement. On top of that, anyone trying to use the Soviet model as an example of exemplary science and education had better stare Lysenkoism in the face, or they're not paying attention to the actual evidence provided by history.


Submission + - Speed of light exceeded by German physicists? (

Tibore Escalante writes: Two physicists in Germany claim that they've exceeded "c":

"'We have broken speed of light'";

Quote: "The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.

Dr Nimtz told New Scientist magazine: "For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of.""

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