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  1. argy.bargy2 commented on Luann 31 minutes ago

    High schools and even lower level schools have already been retooled, and continue to be (sometimes, greatly to the detriment of students) to funnel kids into set directions earlier in life.
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    The increased emphasis on testing is supposedly to ensure that the kids are getting the education they need to succeed in what is now a competitive international workplace. But the tests are mainly measures of how well they can memorize, not how well they can reason and solve problems (the latter being the skill employers need; you can Google stuff instead of memorizing it, these days.)
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    So the kid who manages to graduate high school now is one who is proficient at memorizing, but not necessarily one who know what other strengths he or she has. And as far as developing a particular passion for a subject area? If the kid has time between memorization sessions, great!
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    I still say there’s got to be a breathing space for a kid to learn that there may be other areas of endeavor than those he or she learned about early in life.
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    Till I started college, went off for field work in archaeology and then the inherited arthritis kicked up, I was absolutely certain I knew what I was going to do. I had contacts among people who gave grants for archaeology (because I’d been a long time volunteer), I had studied the techniques of excavating sites, I was all set. But life intervened.
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    Fortunately, I found other directions in college.

  2. argy.bargy2 commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 hour ago

    Whose comic relief? Yours, maybe?

  3. argy.bargy2 commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 hour ago

    And you know he’s telling the truth because he always, always does

  4. argy.bargy2 commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 hour ago

    Do you go to the airport to provide a ride and open your home to people you barely know? Kind of risky, that.

  5. argy.bargy2 commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 hour ago

    And of course the kid is always right and the parent is always wrong. Way to show respect for anyone other than yourself, BENT!!!!!!!!!

  6. argy.bargy2 commented on Wizard of Id about 1 hour ago

    It’s been along time since I read Tolkien, but wasn’t it ‘one RING to rule them all?’

  7. argy.bargy2 commented on Luann about 2 hours ago

    Well, maybe… my brother is the chemist in our family. He’s now a prof, and is inundated by applicants every time he gets a grant that allows him to hire a grad assistant or a postdoc. And he can usually only hire one. AND he doesn’t get grants all that often anymore.
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    As far as never being too many engineers, you can talk to the guys who used to work at NASA about that…

  8. argy.bargy2 commented on Luann about 4 hours ago

    sure hope you have no kids

  9. argy.bargy2 commented on Luann about 4 hours ago

    The point I was trying to make to the Seismic Cowboy… starting out with a decision on your future, before ever knowing all the choices available (and before knowing if your choice even leads anywhere) makes no sense.

  10. argy.bargy2 commented on Luann about 4 hours ago

    Brian Smith, a portrait photographer with a studio in Miami Beach, makes a decent living shooting portraits of celebrities. So I guess some artists can avoid starving by sucking up to the 1%…