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Surprised/not surprised at the answer to this. There are some good examples that illustrate the difficulty in recognising the meaning of statistics, and even how they get misused to further political agendas.
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I wonder if it's the confidence police? Given other readings (even on +), it seems like confidence is all that really matters. With confidence, we can get skills/knowledge. Without confidence, there's a chance we won't do anything. I dunno. I do know that rejection (which is can be read into failing) has serious negative, cognitive consequences at any age, so it makes sense that we try to avoid it, institutionally. I think it may simply be a matter of recasting failure (as I think we've both sort of danced around). Fucking Edison, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Or Failure isn't the falling down, it's the staying down. Ok, so method 1 of teaching you didn't work, you get a bonus because you now get to learn two (or more) methods! Change the focus from "getting the right answer" to finding a bunch of ways of getting right-ish answers. 

I think I can answer the question about surface/real learning with Blooms Taxonomy which, I think, has thoroughly penetrated educational thought. The Cole's notes is that at the bottom there is memorizing facts and at the top is creating/evaluating/analyzing. Here we get a nice confluence between what is a basic necessity (memorizing facts) with what is easy to measure. So, I think educators from top to bottom talk a big game about the top level and in fact create all kinds of fun assignments that engage that top level, but in end, they're satisfied with the bottom. And that deep feeling permeates the whole system. 

One last thing (and thanks for the discussion, as always), I COMPLETELY agree that missing out on math is a special disservice. Does poverty go away if people have decent numeracy? Probably not but I would bet that it is significantly effected. Maybe we should start a list of ways I didn't get fucked today because I can do math:
1) Don't ever lease your car, unless you own a business and can write it off. OR you have so much money you don't care how much it costs to have a new car every couple of years.

2) Saved $150 at costco when they double-charged me for a big item. If you can't roughly add up what you bought in your head, you lose money.

3) Budgeting

4) Savings versus debts. If you have debts, don't save. It's fucking stupid. Unless you're gaining more in interest than you're losing. If you are, I want to know where you bank.

5) Live in a small place close to where you work. It's not a preference or a lifestyle thing or even a cultural thing. it's just a math thing.

etc. etc.
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In case you didn't know I think the dawn of photography is pretty damn cool.
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Ya I m a pretty big fan of very old photography. While at one of the museums the other week I picked up a book about Edward Weston. Not as old as these pics but holy crap he s a wizard.
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I really love tetris, and the explanation they gave resonated with me. Not just in tetris either - now I know why I hate unfinished tasks. I even have the bad habit, which I've tried to curb, of finishing people's sentences when they pause. As always, I blame The Russians.
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure this principle is why I ever finished that game. Also why I finished reading Wicked, among hundreds of awful books I've got one third of the way through and decided I hated but had to finish. etc.
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Politics as usual.
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An interesting article that describes my own inchoate feelings about the relationship between the ultra wealthy and the rest of the society, and how that class influences the way everyone in their society lives.
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An interesting dismantling of both Bioshock Infinite - which I found unplayably bad - as well the general establishment of video game reviews. Indeed, if games are only scored from 7 to 10, why have the other 7 (forbidden) numbers at all? Beyond the numerical problems important formulaic issues are tackled as well.

I agree with most of it, and I'm sure the parts I disagree with only make me an ignorant part of the problem according to the essay. It still makes good food for thought though.
Game of the Year. BioShock Infinite is the worst game of the year. It's an unjustified shooter without a single new idea. It's a self-gratifying spectacle that confuses cunning with depth. It's a craven, heartless game of false moral equivalencies that uses the suffering of oppressed people as ...
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Spot on and good fine. I really enjoyed this:

"It Disneyfies with glee and says: hey, this Columbia is pretty dystopian, huh?"
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Is G+ alive again? Tunnels are cool and ships are cool. What do you think?
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Just a wider bridge, IMO. 
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Mother Russia is pretty cool. This game looks intense. The cabinet is intimidating, you look through a military produced periscope, and there's so many dials to read.
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HOLY SHIT
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Hey look! It's hippies living on a commune. I admire this guy's plans to manufacture his own microchips from materials he extracts from the earth, but also revealed are a few of the travails of communistic living.
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The future is now, and Super Eagle sails on its winds.
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Until they can recreate a person using this printer, I think this is probably the most amazing use for it ever.
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Hot Saturday night burning up Plus! This guy built a pigeon painter. It's far out!
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