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  1. Rick commented on Calvin and Hobbes 15 days ago

    Back when I was in high school in the 70’s there was a science or chemistry magazine that had a science fiction story about people finding a way to make ice that sinks instead of floating. After more than 40 years, I can’t remember the title or the whole story. I think what happened was that this had been discovered on a different planet, and it resulted in all the water on the planet ending up being permanently frozen, ending all life on that planet. But I do remember it ending with the scientist seeing an advertisement for a product here that could make ice cubes sink instead of float!

  2. Rick commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 25 days ago

    There’s nothing inefficient about it. With or without summer vacation, it doesn’t matter, you’ll still forget the same amount of what you had learned 3 months ago.

  3. Rick commented on One Big Happy 25 days ago

    It was fully explained a long time ago! Aristotle fully explained why time is subjective. That people think it’s unexplained just shows how many people have never studied Aristotle.

    Time is the measure of motion according to the before and after. It is a mental abstraction with a basis in reality.

    Time in itself has no existence. It exists only in the mind. It is nothing but the way we measure change. The changes actually happen in reality. But the method of measuring those changes, which is what “time” is, does not exist in reality, but only in the mind.

    That is the reason why time is subjective: time really does in fact go faster or slower depending on the circumstances. Since time only exists in the mind, time itself does go at different speeds depending on how we feel about it. The changes around us are happening at the same speed, but “time”, which is our measurement of those changes, does not go at a constant speed.

    This is also why children can learn faster than adults: because time goes faster for a child than for an older person. If a child’s perception of time is moving at a different speed than other children his age, then he is usually mistakenly accused of having “ADHD”.

    Time is really moving at whatever speed it feels like it’s moving at. All time is subjective because that’s what time is.

  4. Rick commented on One Big Happy 27 days ago

    Why is it that people who insist that summer vacation was because of farm work never have any explanation for why big city schools always had summer vacations?

  5. Rick commented on FoxTrot Classics about 1 month ago

    Too much money is wasted on flashy gizmos and gadgets.

    Money that should be used to pay teachers is wasted on test publishing companies, computer manufacturers, and software companies.

    If they stopped throwing money away on high-tech gadgets and fads, there would be more than enough for teachers to get good salaries.

  6. Rick commented on Wizard of Id about 1 month ago

    While I’m not a huge fan of standardized testing, I don’t see a clear alternative. SOMETHING has to keep educators “on the rails.”

    The best alternative would be to evaluate based on actual, real-world results, instead of that artificial system of evaluating.

    Look at how the students do AFTER the year is over. How do they do in the next higher grade for lower grades? Or, for high school, how well do they do when they get to college? If the majority of students excel when they go to college, then the teacher and school were successful. Or if they don’t go to college, how success are they out in the world?

    That is the way to judge how well teachers are teaching! There’s no way to “teach to the test” when the “test” is outside the classroom. There, you can’t do test-taking techniques and tricks to score higher than your true knowledge and ability, as many students are able to do on these tests.There, the evaluation is not based on how well a student is feeling on any particular day.

    Evaluate schools and teachers based on real-world results. Tests are garbage.

  7. Rick commented on Calvin and Hobbes about 1 month ago

    Little does Calvin realize that cereal with raisins has more sugar in it than sugar-coated cereals.

  8. Rick commented on Red and Rover about 1 month ago

    We called them dungarees when I was a kid in the 1960’s.

  9. Rick commented on Calvin and Hobbes 2 months ago

    I used to really enjoy local BBS’s! There’s something nice about local groups that’s been lost with the world-wide Internet, just like it’s sad that there is almost no local TV programs over the air any more like there used to be before the turn of the century.

    In 1985 I started getting on BBS’s, at 300 baud, on a C-64 computer. Those were the days. Then the Internet around 1994, using the lynx browser.

    1995: the year the Internet went commercial. I still remember that momentous year on the Internet.

  10. Rick commented on Loose Parts 2 months ago

    You mean there are still some airlines around that serve something to eat on planes?

    That’s not going to go on much longer. (Unless you’re stupid enough to pay $4 for a mini bag of pretzels.)