And manipulating Mrs Olsen is the icing on the cake.
Never used algebra or calculus in engineering or biology. Used an incredible amount of trigonometry in the engineering field. Everything from structures to surveying uses it.
when the factories come back to the u.s. from china and indonesia, and the tax code is fair, and the swamp is drained, there will be pie in the sky when you die.
Anyone who uses money uses factorization virtually every day.
Every time you have to decide if you “have time” you use factorization.
I thought these were elementary school kids. Are they doing factorization in elementary school now?
Apparently he finds social engineering fun and easy as well.
The when will I ever use this in real life is a question often asked in grade school about almost any subject.
The oh I have used that so many times over the years answer comes when we are old enough and lucky enough to be able to look back and see the proofs.
You may NEVER use ANY type of knowledge, directly, but the grasping of the information accultates the mind to the acceptance of “new” knowledge. As my dad, the mechanic once explained to me, long division may never help you “build” a car, but understanding “why” anything works the way it works makes rebuilding a carburetor easier to do! I thought he was just being his usual, obtuse self – I now grasp what he was actually saying – shame it took me so long to “get smart”!
@reaven: Thing is, the children aren’t predicting or deciding what will be needed. It is the teacher/instructor/tutor who is pointing students toward their futures. He/she is calling on his/her own and others’ experiences that were gained as they grew to maturity. Being teachers, they have reached the point of being able to look back and know what is necessary.
I enjoy the strips when Mrs. Olsen gets to show that she knows exactly what Caulfield is trying. I especially love the response to the second question “Friday isn’t real?”…
In engineering I learned that finding answered was where to look for them. Like Machinery Handbook and catalogs.
Good to know – sex, violence and mayhem may appeal to the lowest common denominator, but the lowest common denominator appeals to Caulfield.
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If I’m dropping names here, at least I drop the best. I’m very lucky to be friends with Dave Coverly, the creator of the consistently exquisite comic feature Speed Bump. He and I were having a little envy-the-other-guy fest, and I mentioned how, as a single-panel gag specialist, whenever he drew a cartoon, he had the whole wide world* to draw on. He responded with my good fortune to have a set cast of characters with developed personalities.
He had a point. Writing is hard work, make no mistake, but there are magic times when you work hard to get a conversation going between characters and then they take it from there, and your job is just to hang on for dear life and try to get it down accurately. Which is its own kind of hard work. Today’s strip has the definite look of one of those rides.
*Not true. Dave doesn’t exactly limit himself to the merely The World.Frazz by Jef Mallett for Jan 14, 2018 | GoComics.com