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31 March 2017

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Don Bessee

Saw an interesting article that was looking at the 25% increase in pedestrian deaths 2010-15 while vehicle fatalities only went up 6%.
The culprit was cited as smartphones, snowflakes so engrossed in their facebook they walk into traffic with frightening regularity in urban areas like SF. Darwin at work? ;-)

Don Bessee

Now we know the 20 year old driver of the white pick that hit the church bus in TX admitted he was texting at the time of the wreck. Multiple other drivers had call 911 to report his erratic driving before the wreck, must have been a long text. :-(

George Rebane

DonB 318pm - I'll thank you to keep these kinds of revelations to yourself. No need to alert them, we need all the help we can get ;-)

Paul Emery

The selection of Clinton and Trump as the major parties choice to be President of the United States is proof enough that the "Depth of Dumbth" in our country has no political boundaries.

Todd Juvinall

Yes Paul Emery. And the selection of Gary Johnson proves it ten times over.

Paul Emery

"Yes Paul Emery."

glad you agree with me Todd.

Russ

It is fortunate we are on the cusp of an AI revolution as we are going to need all the AI we can muster as they current generation is going to be incapable of proving the leadership a great nation requires. We just experience eight years of leadership educated in the academic lounge of progressive universities and look where we are today. Rather than moving smartly forward, the nation is spending valuable resources clean up the liberal mess created over the last eight years. All of this is the product of an education system swathed in progressive pap.

Scott Obermuller

Good to see that Paul agrees with George and myself and myriad other conservatives. But Paul does not agree with the conservative view as to how to remedy the situation.
What's the Paul Emery/'green libertarian'/lefty way out?
As George posted, and I agree, it may be too late to make substantial changes. A point of critical mass moving too far down the slope may well have already occurred. There simply isn't enough energy/mass on the side of enlightenment/rationalism to turn the tide.
We are, perhaps, fatally post-modern and relapsing into tribalism.
What is just and fair is to now be determined ad hoc, and according to the daily breeze of how the masses feel on any given day.

Gregory

Please, let's stop the "green libertarian" nonsense. "Progressive libertarian" is another term that deserves the dustbin, as both the Greens and the Progressives (same people, different labels) are perfectly happy ordering everyone else to make the choices they have made.

Libertarianism is where Conservatives steal all their new and good ideas... and the left are wrapping themselves in the libertarian label for the same reason the David Dukes of the country do it... it's a cloak of respectability they think hides the ugly and coercive nature of their politics.

Russ

Queering Engineering at Purdue

Having all but ruined humanities education, the Social Justice Warriors now turn to the STEM fields. Purdue University has hired Donna Riley as its new head of its School of Engineering Education. Here’s an excerpt from Prof. Riley’s biography page at Smith College, where she taught for 13 years:

My scholarship currently focuses on applying liberative pedagogies in engineering education, leveraging best practices from women’s studies and ethnic studies to engage students in creating a democratic classroom that encourages all voices. In 2005 I received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to support this work, which includes developing, implementing, and assessing curricular and pedagogical innovations based on liberative pedagogies and student input at Smith, and understanding how students at Smith conceptualize their identities as engineers. I seek as an engineering educator to be part of a paradigm shift that these pedagogies demand, repositioning concerns about diversity in science and engineering from superficial measures of equity as headcounts, to addressing justice and the genuine engagement of all students as core educational challenges.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/queer-engineering-purdue-social-justice-warriors/

In a previous life, I used to hire engineers to do groundbreaking work in software validation and verification. The innovative tools these engineers developed were adopted as Air Force Standards. I sure as hell would not be hiring any future PC Purdue Engineers if I built bridges or tall buildings If this is the caliber of education that millennials are offered, it is no wonder we think they are stupid. I also question the people who would hire this social engineer to lead a once solid engineering department.

George Rebane

Russ 447pm - Is Purdue's School of Engineering the same as its School of Engineering Education? Do they also have a School of Mathematics and a School of Mathematics Education?

The Left intends to take down America any and every way they can.

Gregory

Russ, you're an idiot who has no appreciable understanding of math, science or the problems with modern education. OK, got that out of my system.

No, that useless hire at Perdue isn't in the engineering department, it's the engineering education department. Like the Mathematics Education departments at places like Stanford, they don't actually teach the subject, in this case engineering, they can be expected to teach prospective K-12 teachers how to teach "engineering" in all those STEM/STEAM schools across the country.

At the last Nevada County Fair, I ran across a math teacher who also should have known better. Said teacher was struggling badly in 8th grade algebra when they were a kid, but my first wife Teri, helping them, figured out they were badly deficient in basic skills and got the kid on the math competence track. Put away the calculator, do it pencil and paper, make the numbers dance yourself. Worked with them for hours. The kid turned into something of a star, got a degree from a CalState and is now teaching math at one of the county's Ed Orifice charter high schools.

Yes, dear friends, this local grad is teaching math at one of our bottom decile public charter high schools. The now all growed up kid told me flat out that math professors from Stanford made it clear at the Asilomar NCTM conference local math teachers attended recently that the Common Core discovery methods work better than the bad old ways... and it really went downhill when I told the table that Stanford math professors didn't go to that thing, it was more likely someone like the infamous Jo Boaler, Professor of Math Education who has no math degrees at all... Boaler got something of a BA in Psychology from some British college and has been a rock star amongst the Common Core crowd. Well known among the traditional education crowd for her landmark study that actually faked the desired results, figured out by some of my associates from the old Mathematically Correct group.

No, that all growed up kid now teaching math, who was adamant they knew the difference between a professor of math and a professor of math education, wasn't citing a math professor, the only Stanford professor listed in the Asilomar program really was Jo Boaler herself, and just as prominent in the program was the talk that followed Boaler's... by the very guy without any math degrees at all, Phil Daro, who poured Whole Math into the California Mathematics Framework he directed in 1992, and, despite that disaster, was hired in 2008 to be the *CHAIRMAN* of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics drafting. Despite a small rebellion of stakeholders when their initial work product got an outside review in 2011, Daro remains one of three lead authors and remains a co-chair.

Boaler and Daro have been the Pied Pipers of failed math education pedagogies for years.

stevenfrisch

BTW--Smith College is ranks tied for 13th amongst undergraduate engineering programs with Purdue tied for 55th.

Gregory

One circle that didn't get closed... Daro WAS the guy who trashed the math education that all growed up kid was getting in the later 1990's.

Here's a nice treatment of the fakery in Boaler's "Railside" paper, with links:
https://educationrealist.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/jo-boalers-railside-study-the-schools-identified-kind-of/

Gregory

Frisch 608

I guess that means Frisch is also an idiot who has no appreciable understanding of math, science or the problems with modern education, but at least the move of the idiot from Smith to Perdue might increase the average IQ of both institutions.

Scott Obermuller

Steve at 6:08 - How is the ranking determined? Most just and fair?
Sorry - my faith in higher education is really shaky right now. There are some really great programs I'm sure, and some bright kids are getting a great education here and there, but there is so much coming from academe that makes me wonder what kind of idiots are running the show. Real idiots.
Not intelligent folk I can disagree with and have a conversation with, but just total idiots.
Even formal debate has been debased with the idea that if you aren't white and can't win on logic and facts, just attack the system instead of debating.
I'm not not kidding. It's not one bit different than a black baseball player being called out on strikes and then the batter decides that the rules of baseball are racist and he just wants to say he has hit a home run instead of striking out. The leftie umpire declares that the player will be honored with a home run instead of striking out.
One example:
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/traditional-college-debate-white-privilege/360746/
And please - if you've never been involved in formal debate - please be very careful of your response.
I'm telling you, the STEM subjects will fall as well.
2 plus 2 will add up to what ever is fair and socially just.

Gregory

Scott, don't expect Frisch to give that to you but it didn't take long to ferret it out or the reason he didn't provide the link.

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/engineering-no-doctorate

While my BS was Physics and my late wife Teri's BS was Math, it is never surprising to see our alma mater at #1 or #2 on any such list, in engineering or any other core subject. I've also read good things about Rose-Hulman the #1 on the usnews list for engineering at at colleges that do not grant PhDs in the subject and Mudd remains between Caltech and MIT for the percentage of alumni with earned doctorates.

stevenfrisch

How you guys think just constantly amazes me. I mean really....yes I did use USNWR as a source....it is a valid source. Greg, how nice that your old Alma Mater is number 2 Greg....but if the source sucks who cares?

gentlemen, I am sure all of your faith in institutions is low right now....it is the way you all tear society down in its tracks...higher education...is crap...government is crap....community is crap...the press is crap...young people are crap...one day you'll wake up and think your in a world of crap.

Don Bessee

Too many for frischy already, perhaps it was an April fool or just being a.... ;-)

Gregory

How Steven Frisch and his maxi-me Mr. Pink don't think is what amazes me.

Actually, Steve, I think for the first time in years things are looking up, but it might take a California state bankruptcy (you're the political "scientist", what is the equivalent to bankruptcy that a state would undergo?) and a conclusive end to the climate change hysteria to actually tear down the pedestal our reactionary progressives have installed themselves upon as our overseers.

In the short term, if Gorsuch will get his due (that means confirmation as our newest justice), my biggest worry will start fading.

No, the Scalia seat did not belong to Obama, who put Garland, a fine moderate jurist in the sense of the Democratic Party of old in as a political pawn, as the Senate had already advised... by the "Biden Rule", not to mention other democrats like Chuck Schumer who were quick to tell BushII not to expect any SCOTUS nominations if a seat opens up his last two years. Sauce for the goosed.

I do hope whoever the president is when Scalia's best buddy on the court, Ginsburg, vacates her seat, nominates Garland a perfect choice for that confirmation.

Of course, the Frischies and other progressives will fume because, as many of us understand, a Garland appointment for the Scalia seat would be expected to be as big a lurch to the left as the Bork appointment would have been to the "right", before Bork became a verb.

And, this is the yuuge fun part, Garland for Ginsberg would also be about as "rightward" a tilt as the Bork nomination was.

George Rebane

It continues to amaze me that every substantive criticism of our institutions made in these pages, with ample citations to national concurrence, is immediately attributed by our local Left as originated by knuckle draggers from Nevada County and abiding only in these foothills. What a special worldview these people must harbor that organizes what they see and hear. It's as if they are only aware of their own exclusive ideological promotions to which is added this localized irritation of wrong-thinking people. And if they could only somehow silence these "regressives", then ... .

None of them seem to understand their self-generated conundrum. By their years-long and ongoing denigration of RR and its right-leaning readers in which we are represented as decrepit, irrelevant, obsolete, soon-to-depart, mean-spirited, disloyal, universally ignored, isolated, stupid, and terminally ignorant of what's really happening in the world, then why are they vigorously engaged in following every word that appears here, and then spending so much time among themselves parsing what we say and analyzing in detail the error of our ways.

When I am told of such goings on by lesser lights, I take my ease by just ignoring them, and continuing on my appointed round which is abundantly fulfilling (I am blessed). Why is that so hard for them to do? Is there no equivalent fulfillment among their own kind, no joy in pursuing their intercourse with each other?

Scott Obermuller

Stevie baby at 7:47 - Wow - calm down dude.
"I am sure all of your faith in institutions is low right now....it is the way you all tear society down in its tracks"
Uh - no Steve. There are all sorts of institutions out there I still have faith in.
Tear society down?
Why would I want to do that? I'm watching 'society' crumble around me.
And I lament that. I and others like me build society up.
Tell me this, Steve - did you read the article from the Atlantic? Can you comment on it?
Please tell me where I'm wrong, Steve. Facts only - no hysteria allowed.

Gregory

No, Steve, the usnews list doesn't "suck" but it remains just a crude approximation, made worse when people like you read without your brain engaged.

"BTW--Smith College is ranks tied for 13th amongst undergraduate engineering programs with Purdue tied for 55th"

No, Stevie, that's a list of undergraduate engineering programs at colleges or universities that don't award PhD's. Which leaves out the CalTechs, MIT, Yale, Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, USC etc etc not to mention the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople.

Don Bessee

In the timeless and eloquent words of the great philosopher Popeye; I yam wat I yam say the conservatives to the snowflakes. ;-)

Scott Obermuller

I suppose we conservatives sought to 'tear down' the societies in Detroit and Chicago.
Get real. The left brushes us aside as it continues to destroy one neighborhood after another.

stevenfrisch

Nevertheless Ms. Riley is moving from one engineering school rated 13th as compared to peers to another rated 55th compared to peers. Of course I read the US News ratings and knew exactly what was being compared. I also have now doubt Purdue knew exactly what they were getting.

Perhaps the real story behind the story is that Purdue would like to be as good eventually as Smith and recognizes that to do that they need to get more women to seriously consider engineering as a career. What a frigging crime that would be.

Russ

Gregory@05:53 PM

Thank you for insightful critique, over the years I have used your writings as a guide to my enlightenment. As one of your students, I regret having failed to live up to your standards. My sincere apology for failing your best efforts to enlighten me.

Todd Juvinall

I was shocked at how Gregory talked to you. What the heck?

Gregory

One engineering school to another. Here I thought she was moving from Smith College to Purdue University, and I keep remembering that relentlessly abusive attack of yours towards me and the college I attended... you made it clear your belief was that a mere engineering school just didn't teach anything unrelated to turning the engineering crank.

Those rankings are more likely due to those pesky standardized test scores of their incoming frosh... the SAT-M at Smith is about 50 points higher than at Purdue which is in the low 600's. Cal State 'Frisco is well below that, in the mid 500's. Pelline's lickspittles from the petite professoriate seem to think standardized tests are useless because of, hmm, let me dig out JoKe's rant yesterday, why not just go to the source:

"Education is about teaching people to think, not teaching them to be cogs in a corporate money making machine. Math and Science are only two of more than a dozen learning centers in the brain. Not everyone has aptitude in these areas which is why standardized testing is so obscene. Such testing does not measure learning or intelligence beyond a few particular subject matters and thus fails miserably at assessing the whole child."

Behold the modern educator who was still earning cash teaching "communications" at Sierra College the last time I looked. He also thinks climate deniers like Rebane should be barred from education entirely.

Yes, gender equity over alles nowadays. I know women who chose math, science and engineering careers... do you? Withholding computer science instruction from boys who would benefit from it is not the path to gender equity in computer science, which is the path "Girls Who Code" chose to take... but then the dirty little secret from Silicon Valley is their gender equity problem is more that women didn't stick around... the frat boy culture didn't appeal as much to women or the guys who had a life.

Boys are graduating from high school at a lower rate than girls, women are earning more college degrees than men. At what point do we notice boys also need nurturing and not neutering?

Gregory

Russ 942
Snide sarcasm does not become you.

Todd
What about my comment do you dispute, besides the tone?

Todd Juvinall

Grergory, was this your comment?

"Russ, you're an idiot who has no appreciable understanding of math, science or the problems with modern education. OK, got that out of my system."

Russ

Gregory@11:05

Seriously one of my criteria for reading the comments is to see if you posted some insight. So much of the back and forth mud balling is just boring and I am looking more interesting reading and you usually do not disappoint. Do not always agree, but you are an interesting read.

George Rebane

Interesting that on my own turf I am identified simply as a "climate denier". First, I'm not sure that I or anyone else has a widely accepted definition of the appellation. Second, I have always advertised myself as a skeptic of preventable man-made global warming and presented extensive apologetics why that is so. But given my penchant for such semantics, that kind of categorization for most people may be just too complex, tedious, or else they believe I'm just playing with words. So be it. Long live Sapir-Whorf!

Todd Juvinall

Global warming politics strategy is the same playbook for the Rooskie thing. Even though there is no proof, the left and their mouthpieces on the media keep on bashing and posting until it is embossed in people's brains. Where have we heard of that?

Bill Tozer

Concerning the Update of April 1st, 2017.

It saddens me that the Tech Test is being politicalized and trashed because of the haters. Sure, it is consistent and to be expected from the Dark Side as that is all they know how to do. Destroy, trash, blame, whine, and control....control everything. The victimizer cries he is the victim. Such a sorry state of affairs. Hate blinds a man to even the slightest whiff of reason. The Leftinistas sure have been blowing their corks lately. Rather delightful to watch. Always a silver lining.

Touching on Dr. Rebane's Apr. 1 @ 8:31pm, this is how is see it. Not too long ago, a reasonable person would have to tolerate something, but he/she did not have to condone that thing. Those days are gone. Now the Alt-Left demands so much more than mere tolerance. You must condone, support, and jump with both feet in or you are subhuma. Strike that. Worse than subhuman. Something berry berry bad...and evil, and Deplorable to the max. If you ain't all in, you are the enemy which must be silenced, terminated, and eliminated.....all the while being hated. Hate is an evil emotion and corrodes one's mind, emotions, and will. Terrible stuff. You must support their nonsense. It's a matter of life and death.

For example, I tolerate in the adult world a guy who wants to pee in the dolls' s bathroom at bars or Safeway, or stadiums...chicks can pee wheverever they please. I do have some reservations about old(er) males in the same bathroom at the same time with adolescent girls. Pervs can say they self identify as a female and be Peeping Toms with cameras. Mind you, there are millions of shy 12-13 year old girls that no man has been them naked since Daddy changed their diapers. They like it that way. A reasonable objection to me.
But, just saying that, I am now a Trannyphobic or whatever it is called. I am a hater! I must be stopped, silenced, removed from society. See, I can practice tolerance, but I am not 100% all in and have suddenly become the dastardly voice of oppression. Tolerance don't cut it anymore.

So, Dr. Rebane, if there are some disagreements in the many fields of science because the proof is not in the pudding and all the debates are over hypotheses put forth AND you are not on the Enlightened flavor of the month club, you are the worse person ever. Reasonable reservations are not allowed. No middle ground. You are a knucnkledragger and thus, everything you do in every realm of your life is wrong.

As Hillary Hodge penned immediately following the election, there are people hiding (residing, gasp!) among us who voted for Trump and think "that" way. You know that way. Racists, bigoted, homoblah, blah, blah, Flat Earthers that get their jollies poisoning their neighbor's well and throwing gunny sacks of cute kittens off the bridge into rushing glacier melt rivers....and tossing a few darkies over while you are at it.....accompanied, of course, by the ole sinister laugh of Mr. Grinch. Nazi!!

Tolerance is so 2008. BEWARE. Oh yeah, the Alt-Left buttercups can go pound sand.

https://www.facebook.com/bill.tozer.9/posts/1328430823870484?ref=notif&notif_t=like&notif_id=1491125211148618

Russ

BillT@03:20 PM

The link you posted results in:

Sorry, this content isn't available right now
The link you followed may have expired, or the page may only be visible to an audience you're not in.

Russ

Scott Obermuller

"Math and Science are only two of more than a dozen learning centers in the brain."
Really? What are they? I wasn't aware there was a 'science' learning center in my brain.
This guy is earning money on tax payers' dollars spouting this crap?
Where's the hook?
And where are the lefts' rebuttal to my questions?
Once again - how often have I asked - where are the leftistas?
Steven Frisch and Paul Emery.
You show up and lob logical garbage and then turn tail and run.
Can any one on the left stand and deliver?
Plant a flag and defend it?
Bueller?

Bill Tozer

Russ, try this one.

https://www.facebook.com/UncleSamsMisguidedChildren.Net/photos/a.169953786533962.1073741830.169676909894983/658148981047771/?type=3&theater

Bill Tozer

School Daze:

https://patriotpost.us/posts/48381

Bill Tozer

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dimon-creating-generations-citizens-never-165220138.html

Bill Tozer

My, my. Them Top Dem Bikers are coming out of the closet now. Must be some sort of new fad.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/04/05/dnc-chair-hell-no-i-wont-apologize-for-saying-republicans-dont-give-a-s-about-people-n2308733

George Rebane

BillT 849am - Good catch Mr Tozer, they are finally beginning to understand how serious is country's problem with public education and systemic unemployment. Better late than never.

Bill Tozer

From the depths of higher CA education, looks like the noose is back in vogue. "Execute 2 Republicans for every deported immigrant". I don't think academia is fond of Trump, but I could be wrong. Wonder what subject the good Professor Lars teaches.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/07/professor-trump-must-hang-republicans-should-be-executed-for-each-immigrant-deported/#ixzz4dfy2QiMu

fish

Posted by: Bill Tozer | 09 April 2017 at 08:55 AM


No doubt this will be defended as bold political speech by the usual suspects!

fish

......defended as bold protected political speech by the usual suspects!

Bill Tozer

https://heatst.com/politics/pulitzer-winning-journalist-claims-trump-conspired-with-united-airlines-to-distract-the-world/?mod=sm_fb_post

https://heatst.com/politics/pulitzer-winning-journalist-claims-trump-conspired-with-united-airlines-to-distract-the-world/?mod=sm_fb_post

Bill Tozer

Perfect: And from MIT no less.

https://heatst.com/culture-wars/mit-publishes-uplifting-communism-for-kids-book/?mod=sm_fb_post

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