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I'm going to argue that, in that the knife might not always be the stupid way to do it, and you should probably be proficient in using a knife if you are going to be a cook.

Good point, and I do think it's useful to have some of the tables memorized. 

The main argument I'm seeing though, is that people are seeing two different things as "wrong".  The teachers are seeing that the kids haven't learned the techniques, and the parents (usually, it's the parents) are seeing that the answer was right, so who cares about the technique?

One would think the teacher or test would explicitly say or stress to solve the problem in the way it had been taught to you while you were in class.  As a Childless American, I have no idea if that's the case or not.

I also suspect that some of the homework is being done by some parents, who haven't spent time learning the lessons, and answer it the way they were taught; then when the kid gets it "wrong", they freak out.

Right.  I often make the mistake of not explicitly stating the conclusion.  Thanks!

Oddly enough, I'll be in NYC this Friday-Sunday.  Friday is Night of 1000 Stevies (Stevie Nicks appreciation extravaganza), Saturday day is probably sleeping, Saturday night is dinner with my mom and maybe a jazz club (shut up, Roger)... but late night Saturday is probably going to be full-blown GAY BAR.  Sunday is brunch recovery and departure.

I can provide my cell phone if anyone wants.

Shouldn't the two be equally emphasized?  Is that a dumb question?

I'm not an advocate, but apparently the purpose is to teach kids how to use math that aren't going to be math or science majors.

You can memorize 12x13, but figuring out how much 37% off of a $53 purchase is both more useful and more flexible.

Pretty much that.

"Learning how to use a knife" = Common Core techniques designed to help people think about how math works.
"Food Processor" = Traditional Arithmetic that produces the correct answer, but doesn't use the CC techniques.

Let me know what you guys think about this train of thought before I post it on social media:

An explanation of all those Common Core v Traditional Arithmetic complaints:

Let’s say you’re in a cooking class, one which is graded by a teacher.

You spend a semester learning how to sharpen, hold, and slice with a six-inch chef’s knife.

You have a test where you must dice an onion.

You peel an onion and throw it into a food processor.

Even though you end up with a diced onion, you didn’t use any skills you were taught that semester, and the teacher says you did it “wrong”.

You complain that the onion ended up diced, and argue that using a knife is stupid.


On the other hand, G.Q.Pennyworth has been killing it with her Large Words series.

Discordian Recipes / Re: I MAEDED SO MANY THINGS!
« on: May 10, 2016, 09:24:30 pm »
Lookin' good, Chops.

This seems to imply that Fermi's Paradox has been resolved, in that Earth is merely a weird physics experiment being carried out by aliens.

Or that all the aliens did the exact same stupid shit.  Which is a distinct possibility.

I swear, you have an innate talent to immediately identify the worst of all possible universes.

-was hoping humans would be the only ones licking the windows on the short bus.

This seems to imply that Fermi's Paradox has been resolved, in that Earth is merely a weird physics experiment being carried out by aliens.


Or Kill Me / Re: Epistle Two: On the Revolution.
« on: May 05, 2016, 07:53:44 pm »
Wow.  I forgot about these.

I think I had a few more of the Epistles.  Some work better than others; some were a troll for the Obsidian Mirror site.

Or Kill Me / Re: When Good Gets Too Good
« on: May 05, 2016, 07:48:15 pm »
I had that break in... oh yeah, 2005-2006.  Huh.  Funny that. 

I had this realization that I was living a fantasy narrative in my head that had slowly become more divorced from experiential reality as time went on. "Tomorrow" became "never" as windows closed, and contexts shifted.

While my life became more "typical" (job, wife, doctors visits), at the same time, I became a lot happier (love, support, health, security).

Or Kill Me / Re: When Good Gets Too Good
« on: May 05, 2016, 05:06:22 pm »
In 2006, PD walked into Chapel Perilous.

Ten years later, only a handful are left to tell the tale.

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