October 2012

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Are teachers toast

My daughter entered school at a higher level than most children. She never attended pre-school, or any other education system. We started using phonics cards and the new england primer. This was the book used in all of our schools until the 20th century ( As well as our founding fathers). Which oddly enough, after we stopped teaching the primer is when we started seeing the great decline of morality in this country as well. Being a technologist, my daughter has had access to much technology. She devours new UI’s like cookies. (I am throwing windows 8 at her now. Lets see how she does. ) Anyway I was reading an article about the OLPC project on self education.

 

From The article:

Earlier this year, OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. “I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch … powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android,” Negroponte said. “Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera, and they figured out the camera, and had hacked Android.”

Elaborating later on Negroponte’s hacking comment, Ed McNierney, OLPC’s chief technology officer, said that the kids had gotten around OLPC’s effort to freeze desktop settings. “The kids had completely customized the desktop—so every kids’ tablet looked different.  We had installed software to prevent them from doing that,” McNierney said. “And the fact they worked around it was clearly the kind of creativity, the kind of inquiry, the kind of discovery that we think is essential to learning.

“If they can learn to read, then they can read to learn,” Negroponte said”

 So with Khan Academy, Codecademy,  and many free online college courses now, why are everyday teachers needed. My daughter goes to school for 7 hours a day. I bet 3.5 hours max are used for pure education. The rest is crafts and social interaction. It makes me wonder if her time could be better utilized. I know this will not change because teachers unions are concerned about milking dollars from taxpayers, not educating children. I am considering something called tutorial based homeschool. 3 days she works at home, 2 days she meets in a class with other children. So this is  kind of a hybrid solution. The school board in the state I live in is suing because they lost millions in funding last week for denying charters to some new schools. The schools looked awesome. I think they would have made our public education look like dirt. And with the first republican state congress since the civil war. We may actually get a voucher program in place as well. Anyway, what are your thoughts? Are teacher really necessary anymore?

The exploitation of children!

Take every liberal, fear mongering talking point, brainwash innocent children with this hogwash. Then make a song about it and put it to music. What you have left, is this piece of garbage. If the children were taught the truth, that government meddling every step of the way is why they will be holding the bag. This song would be a different tune. So to the children, spending more than you make is economics fail 101. As for the polar bears they will be fine. I PROMISE!

Lyrics:
Imagine an America
Where strip mines are fun and free
Where gays can be fixed
And sick people just die
And oil fills the sea

We don’t have to pay for freeways!
Our schools are good enough
Give us endless wars
On foreign shores
And lots of Chinese stuff

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And we’re kinda blaming you

We haven’t killed all the polar bears
But it’s not for lack of trying
Big Bird is sacked
The Earth is cracked
And the atmosphere is frying

Congress went home early
They did their best we know
You can’t cut spending
With elections pending
Unless it’s welfare dough

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And we’re kinda blaming you

Find a park that is still open
And take a breath of poison air
They foreclosed your place
To build a weapon in space
But you can write off your au pair

It’s a little awkward to tell you
But you left us holding the bag
When we look around
The place is all dumbed down
And the long term’s kind of a drag

We’re the children of the future
American through and through
But something happened to our country
And yeah, we’re blaming you

You did your best
You failed the test

Mom and Dad
We’re blaming you!

Need your own internet repository

How about an 80 terabyte crawl of the entire web

http://ianews.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/80-terabytes-of-archived-web-crawl-data-available-for-research/

This looks very interesting

http://memoto.com/

So it begins!

Well, registration was supposed to start last night. They had some badge delays, and I just got my badge about 15 minutes ago. So a late start. So far it is typical hacker convention stuff. Basically everyone trying to prove who’s junk is bigger than everyone else’s