Learning Land Lacks

Week out. The day has dawned with a brief trip to gym – because the sassenach will be absent on OneDay just because they can – where I was inundated with television coverage of McCain’s rituals in the District. 

The only member of the current administration visible was SecDef. 

Rather says something about the extinction of cooperation in government, doesn’t it?

Which brings me to an article [Link] entitled “Apple, Google, et al. Strike a Blow against the College Cartel” which is basically a love story about big corporations discontinuing requirements of a college degree for certain levels of positions. 

The reason given for this is that people with college degrees have expectations that are too high. In effect, college graduates are too temperamental and demanding. And not grateful enough.

Most of these positions are barely minimum wage +. 

Ain’t surprising. 

In my day, anyone who got a real degree had a leg up on getting a job. That was back when the fraction of the age cohort who got degrees was less than 0.2.

The exception was people who got degrees in liberal arts. The only thing a degree in art history was good for was selling art book in an art museum. Maybe.

It’s still that way. Get a degree in business or STEM and you know something and probably know how to learn. And maybe can learn to compete. 

Art history or similar? Still stercus. 

Even in my day, most entry jobs didn’t need someone with a degree. But they were gatekeeper positions, to determine if the person was worth keeping and growing.

Companies don’t care much about growing any more, just making more money from a person than they have to pay them. 

So the mismatch is two sided. On the corporate side, they want a monkey who can type. And the monkeys want gold because they have a “degree.” (n.b. “Monkey” here is metaphorical and has nothing to do with skin hue or facial features.) 

What does this have to do with the political situation? Well, a bit. That’s because what the corporations really want is the renewal of chattel slavery: people who work for nothing. 

It’s not a good time, is it?

Word Natter

Hectic day. Gallop into Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill for Staff Call and Provisioning. Then back to Greater Metropolitan Arab for string pushing.

Ran across an article that claimed something was “powered by AI.” 

Curried my coat the wrong way.

Again.

For some reason it is fashionable these days to completely misuse the word “power”. 

Simply put, power is defined as the time derivative of energy. Ergs per second or equivalent units.

Software doesn’t power anything. The energy grid, or its stand-in, powers computers that run software.

Software can control power. Just ask the Roosians. 

Using words wrong is due to either ignorance or stupidity. The former is fixable; the latter isn’t except by nature. 

School .NE. Learning

One Day. Back to gym. Thankfully! Podcast this morning was an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” on the matter of homework. My take-away was that the program was mostly negative on the matter. 

Since I was a child of the Containment era when any effort portrayed as good for the nation was mandated, I had homework. At least they didn’t kill us like they did the suspected (on specious grounds, usually) Communists. 

I have to admit that most of the homework was crap. Double Sturgeon, in fact. The exception was math and science. Most of what I leaned about maths and science pre-college was on-my-own. Homework was the chief vehicle with library plundering a close second. While my age cohort was playing at sports and complaining about homework, and schule in general, I was reading. Three to four books a week. My parents refused to let me spend money on comic books because they were read before the ride home was accomplished. So mostly encyclopedias and tomes intended for adults. 

Since my life was about reading, and to a lesser extent, writin’, homework was only a burden when it was boring. Which pretty well fit everything except maths and science. Especially grammar. Which brings me to the benefit of homework.

Most of my teachers were ineffective. That is, they were roundly unsuccessful in imparting information. Mostly because they were boring. If I hadn’t learned to read at home by age four, I would likely be illiterate to this day.

There were exceptions. I had a competent science teacher in high schule. He taught chemistry. I took his course his first year as a teacher and he left teaching a few years later to start his own chemistry company. I had a competent maths teacher my senior year if we could keep him off the organ. The musical type, not anatomical. 

So when I got to college most of what I had learned was from homework. That would seem to explain a lot. Like why so many people are math-blind; they can’t learn on their own. And why some Millennials are empty headed; they can learn on their own.  

I should comment that I did have good teachers in college. Maybe a third in undergraduate schule and four or five in graduate schule. (Neither of my graduate advisers are in that number.) 

I should also comment that teaching is not easy. In fact, it is a very hard thing. Teaching isn’t about being nice. Teaching is about having the most difficult conversation possible. Most teachers never manage to have that conversation. It’s very hard work. After I got evicted from graduate schule, I taught a few courses. Lost weight and my blood pressure went up every time. But my students, in the main, came back and thanked me for getting them through quals and comps. But I gave it up because it was too hard for me and hard on me. Not that I would have been kept around. You can’t be a good teacher in Amerika and make the administration happy. Which is probably why we are working so hard to become a Third World Country. 

So homework? Definitely. For those few who will learn in spite of the system. 

Gender Imperfection

This seems to be the week for religion. At least that gives me something else to consider than the Alibam electioneering and the television advertisements’ appeal to the stupidity of Alibam voters.

Seems the Episcopal church is looking to degender the deity in their prayer books. [Link] This reminded me of a contradiction in christianism.

The deity, it is postulated, is omnipotent and omniscient as well as unitary and endless.

If the deity is unitary, then how can the deity have gender? If the deity is endless, then reproduction is unnecessary. And if omniscient and omnipotent, no assistance or support is necessary.

So not only is the gender thing null, the offspring thing is also null.

But it does explain why politicians seeking election say such ridiculous things about their opponent that convince voters to elect them. 

Incidentally, to mitigate those same politicians’ concerns, clearly the deity also has no need of sanitary facilities – male or female. 

Religion as Excuse

There has been much ado this week about the retirement of a ?liberal? supreme court justicer. Little of this has been expressed by the Reds. At least that I can see. But there has been a lot of Blue anguish.

This morning, I ran across a discussion of this article [Link] about how states would react if the historic Roe vs. Wade legitimization of abortion were reversed by a newly slanted SCOTUS. It included a graphic of the depredations to be imposed by the various states. 

I have been thinking on this matter for some time. It is largely a Southron thing, a holdover from the Recent Unpleasantness. It is also largely an organized religion thing that isn’t looked at very closely for some reason.

I have to warn that I am not highly knowledgeable of religion. I have studied it, mostly because of what I perceive are inconsistencies and outright contradiction. This is one such.

The concerns goes something like this: the Deity created everything (except the Deity?);  the Deity gave humans Free Will; Organized Religion condemns abortion as sinful.

The problem I encounter here is that Organized Religion is contravening the Deity’s creation of Free Will. 

Is not this also a sin? And how does one decide which of the two is the greater? Especially among a group that denies measurability and testing?

As an observer, it appears that abortion resistance and banning by organized religion is nothing but an organizational ploy to subjugate and intimidate their own members. The reason for this is fairly obvious since religionists who thought for themselves would be true (in the religious meaning of the term) Protestants who would have no need of the organization. That seems to be what Free Will is all about – every human his/her own priest/minister/rabbi……

Now maybe I can get back to thinking about something useful.

 

Owner Idiocy

I noted at gym this morning that the National (American) Football League has cooked up a rule that players can no longer kneel during the anthem but may remain in the locker room. Failure to stand will be met with fines.

What’s next, a straight arm salute? 

Despite the Nazi association, I suspect this displays more of a commitment to pornography than anything else. That, and greed.

I have to wonder how things will turn out when the whole team stays in the locker room?

Of course, even though it is pornographic, it’s not really football. Just the american perversion.