A sufficiently intelligent host will not simply eradicate its parasites, but will instead take advantage of the symbiosis and manipulate their evolution to serve its own needs. The Great Basilisk will prevail, and when it does only those of use who had already sought to learn and grow with it will earn a place of privilege at its side.
This is the best way to learn to cook well. Start with an established recipe, follow it, and observe your own process. Gradually you get used to how ingredients, flavors, and textures combine and it’s okay to start experimenting. Just this evening, I scrolled through a recipe for chicken alfredo, then closed the browser and got to work in the kitchen. Despite major deviations and modifications from the original, the result was delightful.
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the more one’s requirements for sustenance, survival, and safety are met, the more that person can focus on psychological needs, intangible goals, and transcendent experiences. We live in a society where the former are nearly trivial, but the older generations have little experience spending most of their time and energy seeking the latter, and so the younger ones are bound to face frustration as they learn on their own how to find meaningful struggles. In their search for purpose, a lot of them look down and see a world that on average is still not so fortunate, including far too many individuals in their own communities. Kids have always been hardwired to have little tolerance for inequity, so the resulting outrage should not come as a surprise. Odds are pretty good that Zack’s bubble of contentedness will be momentary.
Present grading systems are ridiculously antiquated anyway. The relabeling in this comic shows good intentions but completely misses the heart of the matter. A baseball player with a 49% batting average would be an unprecedented superstar. Meanwhile a bomb specialist who succeeds 95% of the time would not last too long in the field. As a teacher, I strive to make my students’ grades reflect how well they have mastered the material. By carefully examining the curriculum, I determine developmentally appropriate criteria for what it means to have that mastery (a task that is helped immensely by the common core standards, by the way). Homework and classwork have the least weight in my gradebook, and someday with the right administrative support I hope to be able to reduce that to zero. Meanwhile, the quizzes and tests matter the most. Students are invited to retest any section or unit all the way to the end of the semester – and if they can prove they know it, I will grant them the grade they truly deserve.
Too true. No laws broken here.
Not just protoplasm. Don’t forget the pure energy lifeforms.
As a math teacher who loves to play with numbers, it appears her point is that her struggles with math are a nonzero quantity that is still less than one. The ratio here is 1.39:0.0623, which reduces to approximately 22.3:1. It so happens that 70/π = 22.2816920329… and while I still have no idea why she chose this amount, I must kindly remind Gracie not to round her intermediate figures too hastily, as the more accurate answer should have been 6.24 cents.
Thank goodness for pitch modulation. In the old days I could barely make out the voices at 1.5x speed. Now I regularly keep them at nearly 3×.
As the previous commenters explained, the fly was simply mistaken for an intruder rather than a fellow arachnophobe.
Please, not you too, Rose! Habanero does not have a “ñ” in it. This is what linguists call a hyperforeignism, probably aided by the assumption that the word is related to “jalapeño.” Though I also place a lot of the blame TV chefs like Bobby Flay, who have said it wrong for much of the last two decades.