Beloved Defender of the Constitution Ron Paul Just Voted Against the Constitution Again
On May 9 of 2012, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Amendment 1096 to H.R. 5326, shortly before H.R. 5326 itself passed the House. Amendment 1096, introduced by Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, forbids the President from directing the Department of Justice to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act in court. A vote for House Amendment 1096 is a vote to preserve the Defense of Marriage Act. The problem is that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is...
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- Any unbiased onlooker care to comment on Jay's conduct? I'm honestly curious what you all think of him at this point.
Edit: Seems he blocked me. I didn't think I was particularly abrasive. He, on the other hand, made quite the many ad hominems for someone who pretends to be a scholar. I hope this is a point to all of you not to take authority for granted. Good day.May 29, 2012
- In-person teaching is honestly overrated. Most of my education at university was self-driven. At best, teachers and TAs gave me some basic guidelines for the process. At worse, they often confused the subject matter (sometimes purposefully). So, to the person that thinks bricks and mortar education is superior, I'd like to see some studies first. :)
/Off-topicMay 29, 2012
- 'Feedback and assessment is why brick and mortar colleges trump free online diplomas." Myself with emphasis added.
Obviously an incomplete college degree is almost worthless. What college students pay for with their tuition is the assessment, certified by a reputable institution, that you have completed sufficient course-work in whatever field to their satisfaction.
When an online institution provides a superior form of assessment accepted with equal or better success then those institutions will prevail.May 29, 2012
- I have to take a vehement stand against the statement that an incomplete college degree is almost worthless.
I left my AAS in the middle of the last class to take a good job. When I returned 2 years later the requirements had changed and they screwed me on one class so I turned towards a BS program instead. I was doing great, being one of those that never had to study to ace every test and always correct the teacher. At the time, I would have advocated college to anyone. Then layoffs came before that graduation but I had all my core classes and didn't feel the need to spend (now) hard-to-come-by money on the few remaining generals.
In applying for jobs, this history has allowed me to take the high road and actively promote my self taught education much more than what I learned from some paid reciter. While this may not have translated into getting hired for the best positions, it has basically driven me toward the fields where my interests truly lie. In the end, I became more motivated to go out on my own because I see much more of the big picture and experience in many related and semi-related fields than any of my former college peers could dream of. And most recently, my business 'networking' circle actually expands more from my statements that I am self taught and have no college degree.
In the engineering world, the worst thing you can be is a "book smart" engineer. As the saying goes, "College teaches you what you can't do." It's the real world assessment that counts, not some test, be it brick and mortar or the best online institution.
What I think is missing here is that many different people learn best from different methods. Institutionalized learning rarely ever matches the method to the student.May 30, 2012
I believe it was a statement made in the context about people who speak with authority who know very little who compare themselves to specialists. I call it the "Joe the Plumber" syndrome - ironically, this is a similar observation to the one Alexis de Tocqueville made about many US citizen's lack of respect for scholarship in the 1830s.May 30, 2012
- seriously, the in-person feedback and assessment are trivial in terms of the structural flaws in modern education in general. Despite what you think the facts are the education institutions today plainly suck for the most part. The best institutions generally focus less on rote rehearsal and bureaucracy and more on individual learning (even Harvard's business college does this). So, no there's nothing inherent to the current educational paradigm that's superior, sorry.May 30, 2012