Dartmouth Dares!

The weather beavers are arguing over whether we are going to see ice rain this morning here in Nawth Alibam. Intriguingly, the arguments all revolve around which weather simulation is used. I got to hear the lord high front tooth of one of the local television stations, WAFF, last night express his preference for one particular simulation that he asserted was “the most accurate for” his area of broadcast, which is basically a one hundred kilometer radius circle around Huntsville. He did have the goodness to talk about the existence of other simulations giving different output but nary a word of validation information. Evidently the only public accountability of weather beavers is still mob violence?

I did not have to go to gym today. It’s a rest day. which I needed after doing medicalist things yesterday as well as the usual chores. So in trying to ward off the upcoming week out and all of its petty terrors, I cast my mind to contemplation of other matters, including my opened tabs. First, I note an article [Link] in the campus newspaper of U Minnesota about how Dartmouth C is ceasing to give college credit for high shule Advanced Placement courses.

Ain’t surprised. I have talked to students who have taken AP (as they are commonly known) courses, gotten placed, if you will, in sophomore courses, and then been found wanting. Very wanting. Upon investigation I find that the process is broken more than the students. Seems that originally when AP courses were introduced – after my time – they were taught by college instructors and usually on college campus. Over time however, they first moved into the high shule building and then were taught by supposedly qualified high shule teachers. Scant wonder that the material has not been learned; it probably wasn’t even taught. And the atmosphere of college was totally absent. What is it about high shule educationalists that they cause cancer in everything they touch? Perhaps it could be that they are educated (?) in teaching but not in the disciplines they teach. Enough. I’ve covered this before.

But what I find amusing and a bit appalling is the attitude of the U Minnesota student reporter. The evil of this tale is not that students are getting cheated by their high shules, but that they are being cheated of college costs by Dartmouth by making these students start at step zero. This is a wonderful demonstration of how modern students (and their parents?) have reduced a college education to a certificate and a bill. Knowledge is now irrelevant. Only money has importance.

Perhaps we should adopt the English practice of shule ties, or some other more gender spanning piece of apparel, as the device of “educational” attainment and just sell these to students. Don’t have to attend class, don’t have to learn anything, just pay an exorbitant price for some tawdry garment and wear it to proclaim one’s elevated state? Then we can get rid of all those worthless faculty and hideously costly buildings and such.

I fear I am unmoved by the whole AP thing. It is weak soup. In fact, it isn’t even flavored water. It is typically bureaucratic in simplifying something good but complicated into something bad but bureaucratically simple, which is the organizational criterion of goodness. Organization may be what made us successful as humans but it seems likely to also assure our extinction.

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