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Re: School Shootings

Post by technovelist » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:58 am

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Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:58 am
Wow, I just read that STEM article. I can't even count the ways in which I find it offensive.

It ignores the fact that women are under-represented in STEM from day 1 of freshman year. Unless something fundamental about college has changed, grades don't start happening until after that. Slight cause and effect problem there. It then says that women are underperforming whiners, and the only way to fix it is to artificially inflate their grades. I suspect my research coordinators, postbacc research assistant, and postdoctoral fellow (all women) would take offense at the prospect of grade inflation diluting their achievements and making their undergraduate records suspect.

Also before you ask: I didn't pick these women for my lab based on gender. They were all rock star candidates and that was it. I've had plenty of male students, postdocs etc in the past, and two men in the lab currently.
Yes, the greatest victims of "affirmative action" are the people in the "favored class" who actually earn their plaudits honestly. I know I would be steamed if I were a woman or non-Asian minority person and everyone assumed that I got where I was via prejudice.

Fortunately, as an Ashkenazi male I don't have to worry about that. ;)
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Re: School Shootings

Post by Kriegsspiel » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:53 pm

Here's another good one:
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Gutiérrez (left) has received National Science Foundation and Bureau of Educational Research grants to “incorporate diversity into math education” (not bad in and of itself) and encourages teachers to use “creative insubordination” (?).

She has helped teachers “develop their political knowledge,” and encourages them to help their students develop “empathy” for those who answer questions incorrectly because of “different mathematical assumptions.” Math should be a “moral issue” rather than “rational” one, she says.

Gutiérrez has a low rating on RateMyProfessors.com largely because her students either love or hate her instruction. Among the critical reviews, which make clear Gutiérrez has been preaching her math-is-a-verb concept for a while:
She focuses about spreading her ideologies more so than teaching the subjects. Her ideas are not sane; she talks about privilege all the time. These classes are filled too much with her personal ideologies. …

Listened to her at the [National Council of Teachers of Mathematics] Regional. I will disclose that I am of color. Mathematics is a Noun not a Verb. Gutierrez proclaims herself as a scholar who argues mathematics operate as whiteness and I was quite embarrassed that I shared the same intellectual space with someone who is confused about math. Students benefit from truth not fiction. …

Dr. G professes social justice as a constant practice, and stemming from the understanding of other’s circumstances. She repeatedly holds us after class ends, making rude comments to the students who leave, including insulting a student who had to leave class to go to her job.
Positive reviews praise Gutiérrez for revealing that “education and teaching were part of system designed to stop children from questioning” and for “not allowing for bigotry” in class.
https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/48114/
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Re: School Shootings

Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:09 am

This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates.

But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/08 ... hat-werent
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Re: School Shootings

Post by Cortopassi » Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:46 pm

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:09 am
This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates.

But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/08 ... hat-werent
So you have questions that are ambiguous, school districts that likely want to under-report, a government that doesn't know what it is doing, and a liberal news outlet (gasp?!) that did a story on how they are over-reported? I would imagine gun-owning conservatives are surprised at that!

And I am surprised the final number is anywhere near reality.
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Re: School Shootings

Post by Kriegsspiel » Mon May 13, 2019 10:08 pm

There was another school shooting in Colorado recently. Initial reports are that 3 young men rushed the shooters and disarmed one, saving the lives of their classmates. One was shot and killed while the other two wrestled the gun away. A private security guard took down the other shooter.

One of the perpetrators, who I presume is destined for federal prison, is sticking with their claim of being a female-to-male transgender. IE, in 2019, an actual male who just happens to have a vagina, who would of course go to a prison filled with other men.

A bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.
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