Does anyone else get this shit with Tumblr Savior where you can add things to your blacklist just fine and saving and loading works, but if you close firefox all of your settings disappear?
So I just hope that Yahoo! can get Tumblr to install Tumblr Savior into the dashboard. I have to reinstall every time I close Firefox or else risk seeing NSFW crap on my dash.
What grinds me the most is that we’re sending kids out into the world who don’t know how to balance a checkbook, who don’t know how to apply for a loan, don’t even know how to properly fill out a job application, but because they know the quadratic formula we consider them prepared for the world?
With that said, I’ll admit even I can see how looking at the equation x – 3 = 19 and knowing x = 22 can be useful. I’ll even say knowing x = 7 and y = 8 in a problem like 9x – 6y = 15 can be helpful. But seriously, do we all need to know how to simplify (x – 3)(x – 3i)??
And the joke is, no one can continue their education unless they do. A student living in California cannot get into a four-year college unless they pass Algebra 2 in high school. A future psychologist can’t become a psychologist, a future lawyer can’t become a lawyer, and I can’t become a journalist unless each of us has a basic understanding of engineering.
Of course, engineers and scientists use this shit all the time, and I applaud them! But they don’t take years of theater arts appreciation courses, because a scientist or an engineer doesn’t need to know that The Phantom of the Opera was the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Get my point?
The board of education should sit down with universities and high schools alike and create options for students. Let us take business classes that substitute all the same credits as algebra. I guarantee a semester of learning how to start a small business would benefit people much more than knowing: ax^2 + bx + c = 0
Chris Colfer, Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal (x)
Nobody’s ever going to give me back the time I spent desperately struggling to get a barely adequate grate in Maths in high school. Nobody’s ever going to give me back the money I spent on additional tutoring for something that I have now, two years after my graduation, almost completely forgotten.
Don’t fucking dare call it laziness. I wanted to do heaps of additional work in subjects that interested me; instead I spent hours and hours doing Trigonometry problems. I’m a writer. I study Philosophy. I’m never going to need this shit in all my life.
Basically, millions of talented students spends enormous amounts of time, money, and nerves, trying to learn highly complicated things they’re never going to need, just so they can get through the system and, you know, do things they are actually interested in and that they’re actually going to use in their professional lives.
The next time someone says how students are just lazy, I’m punching them in the face.
I haven’t been through all the responses to this post, but I haven’t seen any critical responses, and as a mathematician who studied subjects that even fewer people use in daily life (set theory, anyone?), I just can’t let that stand.
Okay, first of all: Complex numbers are not engineering. Let’s just get that out of the way.
Secondly, the complex number example Colfer gave is not that difficult. If my lawyer wasn’t able to figure out that question while studying complex numbers in high school I wouldn’t want them calculating damages in my tort case. (I may give them some leeway if I’m only seeking non-monetary remedies, but there are very few causes of action for which only non-monetary remedies are appropriate. For example, the Proposition 8 case is asking for non-monetary remedies, but the other same-sex marriage case on the docket is a tax case and thus is asking for money.)
Third: I can understand why people think that Trigonometry is a waste of time for humanities majors. The only reasons I can give for studying it if you’re fifteen and you want to be a writer when you grow up is that a) it’s best to keep your options open and b) it does help you in crafting.
We as a culture are staggeringly scientifically illiterate. So I understand *why* Boards of Education want people to take more math and science courses. However, I wonder if a course in formal logic might not be a better high school graduation requirement than Trigonometry or Algebra 2, especially if the course included applied logic exercises in spotting deceptive advertising, breaking down poor arguments, and what “the exception that proves the rule” actually means. (Hint: It does not mean “a convenient way to ignore counterexamples that contradict your thesis”.)
(Edited for formatting and clarity.)
Deadline.com, on the contract negotiations on The Avengers 2 (x)
“He’s (RDJ) not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like shit.”
“Let’s do a head count. Between us we’ve got five Oscar nominations, two Globes, two BAFTAs, and enough major critics’ awards to cover a reasonably sized coffee table.”
“I have Disney.”
“Scarlett has a Tony.”