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I'm not being flippant - I could have learned more, and more interesting things, if my parents and teachers had promoted self-learning. But then again, I was probably (no, make that definitely) too stupid to take advantage of the resources that were available, which is another failing of school and parenting.
It's the difference between college and trade school. Part of the college experience is learning history and cultural crap to refine you...and in the mean time, provide careers for lots of fine arts and history professors who would be otherwise unemployed.
The most useless crap I learned at school:
0: Fine arts classes (I only took visual and music)
1: History (ok, it's come in handy a few times for trivia)
2: World Literature
3: Sociology and Psychology 101
It's a shame that these are (or at least used to be) required courses regardless of major. For instance, if I'm a CIS/CS major why should I be required to take any of the above classes? OTOH, why should an art major be required to take algebra?
I know this is old thread but thought of replying nonetheless.
Actually, the exam system in here (India) is bad. It's improving but at a pace where even snail can win...
The problem is not with learning/ teaching history, its important, but just forcing memorization of dates/events is definitely a problem. Politically, History is used in education system to its benefit by pushing certain topics with certain perspective !!
As one of the member said, its really not about teaching a particular subject in early years of schooling but to introduce the kid to all the subjects so the kids (and their parent) know what interests the kid.. But for that teacher needs to be really a teacher by heart. In India, teaching is a profession where any one can get in (because of huge demand) and anyone gets in just because its less work and paid summer/winter/Diwali breaks.. Their heart is not there in the profession really..
I can go on and on about this topic... its a pinching nerve looking at the pathetic state of education system and being helpless to do anything. So I stop here..
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
Negative creativity and dark desires for free "research" money is the problem.
I dare say we've all worked with people who can't actually do what they say they can do, and who make ridiculous claims about how everything works, if you only look at the world with the same myopic blinkers that they wear. Fortunately, those people are a low percentage of developers.
With astronomers, it's close to 100%
They're the marketing morons of the science world.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
...with a highly attractive outfit. As she was speaking to the boss, I was just having a glimpse at her (Like head to toe ), with an assumption nobody's watching me. As I turned my focus back at my screens, I found this message my other mate had left me.
"But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart, my son"
Damn how do I wash this sin.
Starting to think people post kid pics in their profiles because that was the last time they were cute - Jeremy.
Women know darn well when they dress to kill, and they want to be looked at. At least, discretely.
So, my response is:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. -- Philippians 4:8
"If I've already been sentenced to do the time, why shouldn't I also commit the crime instead of just thinking about it"
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
It ain't a sin until you try introducing her to ol' Mr. One-Eye.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 - You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 - When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013