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Pavel Drotár
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Fantastic post.

TL,DR:
A free and functioning democracy demands a populace that is able to sustain discomfort, that is able to tolerate dissatisfaction, that is able to be charitable and forgiving of groups whose views stand in contrast to one’s own, and most importantly, that is able to remain unswayed in the face of some violent threat.

What I fear we’re seeing now is a loss of that ability to handle discomfort and dissatisfaction. We’re seeing a lazy entitlement wash over the world where everyone feels as though they deserve what they want from their government the second they want it, without thought of repercussions or the rest of the population.

Or as one Reddit comment sadly put it recently, “It seems like people don’t actually want democracy anymore, they want a dictator who agrees with them.”
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Interesting article about why console games get huge Day 1 patches.
Patch The Process
Patch The Process
ramiismail.com
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Herd behavior in humans...
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A kid on the internet said that Technology available today makes college education unnecessary, because "Everything is online".

Another person made the following long post:

Americans are jumping on this high-tech bandwagon as the answer to everything without giving the matter any intelligent analysis. The Internet is only as good as those inputting the information, and, I promise you, given the inadequate education these folks have received since around 1966 and their penchant for making errors at such an alarming rate it's as though they believe they're paid to do so (my experience and that of everyone with whom I've spoken over the last 20 yrs.), those posting the information are going to continue making too many mistakes.

I can cite one Wikipedia entry that is inaccurate as written. If there's one, you can bet there's more. Reliance on the Internet for one's knowledge without the knowledge needed to spot what is likely an error is about the most foolish thing people can do.

Ever see the movie, "Independence Day," wherein the enemy infiltrated all our high-tech equipment and methods of communicating? The only option was to revert to "old school" Morse Code, which, according to the writers, the enemy didn't know. Schools in WNY aren't going to require the multiplication tables anymore, and some are no longer teaching cursive writing. Well, hello? How will these kids ever recognize when their calculators are giving them a wrong answer b/c the battery is low, and, when some of them want to research history, how are they ever going to read the documents?

In 1993, over 20 yrs. before schools considered eliminating the need to know the multiplication tables and years before the attempt to bring technology into the classroom, as I tried to pay for my gas at a gas station, a long line formed behind me b/c the cash register was broken and the clerk couldn't find the calculator. I tried to explain to her how to count my change, but I got only a blank stare for my effort. This may be only one example, but don't think for a moment this isn't going on all across American every day.

I am yelling from the highest mountaintop: Please, please, please do not be swayed into believing learning the basics in K-6 WITHOUT homework and technology isn't still the smartest way to educate. Never give a student a short-cut until he's learned the long way first.

To state it another way, I'll use the camp experiences of my father and his best friend. They spent their summers first attending, and eventually working as counselors, at a boys' camp in Algonquin State Park, Ontario, Canada, in the 1930s where even the 9 year olds slept in tents and went on long canoe trips. Decades after WWII, his best friend told me he never would have survived the Bataan March and 4 yrs. as a POW in the Philippines were it not for what he learned about survival as a boy at camp. Could any of them have predicted they'd one day need those skills to survive a world war? Of course not, and that's the point. We never know what skills we're going to need and when.

And, you can't learn how to survive by surfing the Intenet. You have to go into the woods and actually do all the things necessary to survive. You have to learn that you can handle it by actually handling it. The same principles apply to every aspect of life, including education. You can't learn math without actually doing it by hand. So, again, I beg everyone from that mountaintop...for quality reform, start with what worked so well in K-6 prior to 1966 when the oldest boomers and their parents received a superior education without a single homework assignment.

It's the old fish story in spades....give a guy a fish and he eats for a day; teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Give a guy technology and he eats...maybe...as long as it works. Teach him to function without it first, and he eats no matter what happens. Which world do you want your children and grandchildren living in?

Read the first chapter of "Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know" by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Houghton Mifflin Co., 1987, specifically page 9.

The achievement gap between black and white students, even in wealthy communities, remains huge, in part, because their early education doesn't compensate for nor overcome the fact that they come from a culture that speaks in short phrases. By HS, I think many become so embarrassed about not understand what they read and what their teacher says using complex sentences that they drop out, a path that has only a dead end sign at the other end.

The quality of one's thinking is directly related to the quality of one's language skills. A gazillion hours using high-tech devices isn't going to improve their literacy that much, if at all. And this nonsense about changing the text of Huck Finn b/c a few black kids are uncomfortable with Twain's use of the N word not only rises to the level of a criminal act, but it does a grave disservice to every child of every color by closing the door on important discussions that further develop the students' cognitive skills and their understanding of humanity. Imagine how much better race relations would be if we could graduate millions of white students who better understand the black experience from the blacks themselves. And they all need to know and understand every aspect of history in order to avoid repeating it.

Not to embarrass you, but, if technology is all we need, why is your first sentence written incorrectly? It's incomplete. It states: "What we may be missing is..." But, is what? "...in a world..." is just additional information. To make it correct, it needs the addition of a subject and verb, as in "What...may be missing is that we live in a world where..." Does it matter?

Shall I count the times I've read something online that I couldn't understand b/c it was so poorly phrased? If we can't properly express ourselves and communicate with each other accurately, what happens to us and the culture? If children don't grow up learning everything one can possibly learn....especially every bad idea that ever came down the pike...., how will they ever be able to discern the bad ideas from the good ones; how do they apply historical events and outcomes to present problems in order to help find solutions or when they don't know which Internet account if the most accurate? The best use of technology is using it to teach kids to play chess for the way it trains the mind to evaluate all possible what-if scenarios before moving forward with a reform, for instance. I could go on, but the bottom line is, and will always be that...

Technology is NOT the answer. Old-fashioned hard work is....learning, discussing and evaluating everything one can possibly learn.

(Found here: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/)
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Nejlepší komentář k současné vlně šílenství kolem uprchlíků.

Až bolestivě přesný popis našeho lidského selhávání.
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"Poctiví podnikatelé vždy účtenku vydávali"

Stánek Agrofertu účtenku vydat neumí. Co to tedy logicky znamená?
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Nádherný článek na jinak nekvalitním webu. Stojí za přečtení!
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