Of course people don’t understand why they have to learn the Pythagorean theorem, they don’t understand Math and logic. If you don’t understand the Pythagorean theorem, then you won’t understand why you need to learn it. People don’t understand that facts exist that trump opinions and being offended. They think everything is a grey area, when in reality they just don’t understand the fine line. And the truth is that there are not that many people good at Math and Science (and then there are some, like those over at agmarketnetwork.net, who love it so much that the dedicate an entire blog to it – but I digress).
You learn Math to understand that logic and truth exist. I always think its funny when I see educators arguing about how to teach critical thinking because they don’t realize that Math and Science are critical thinking. When you teach Math or Science, you are teaching critical thinking. How do you teach somebody to hit a baseball? You show them how you do it and let them practice. When you teach somebody Math you show him or her how you do it and then let him or her practice. Learning Math allows you to develop critical thinking because you are practicing critical thinking. The Math has a true answer and I can show somebody how I arrive at the answer. It is up to the person to process the logic and arrive at the same answer. I can demonstrate how to think or hit a baseball, but only the individual can make himself or herself better at it. And just like some people hit a baseball very well even though they do it a little different than me, Einstein thought critically well in his own way. The scientific method is the process of critical thinking. The process can have variations but the overall task of proving a fact has restrictions created by nature/God. You can arrive at the conclusion in your own manner, but one thing is for sure. In order for your conclusion to be correct, it has to be an undisputable statement.
Due to the devaluation of Math and Science, obtaining a college degree doesn’t mean that much anymore. And when I say devalue, I am talking about the level of understanding that is required to pass the subjects. Because God knows there is plenty of emphasis and time put into education these days, just not quality accountability. In an attempt to make it seem like more people are passing classes and our educational system is getting better through the idiotic policies that have been implemented over the past 50 years, assessment of Math and Science knowledge has been watered down. Equity has been misinterpreted to mean lets create an assessment system that hides how many students really don’t understand. The promotion of students who don’t really achieve understanding has been something socialists always excel at pushing in society. And the lack of understanding about logical truths by people who have been promoted to positions of power only fosters the continued misinterpretations that lead to poor decisions and systematic actions.
I find it ironic that most major societal entities, educations systems, government agencies, etc., are moving to data driven decisions when over the past 50 years people who don’t understand Math and Science have been arbitrarily pushed to the top. I’ve had 4 different professional bosses who have openly admitted that they never understood Math or Science in school. So my question is how will they ever be able to process incoming observations and data to make decisions about how problems need to be solved? If you don’t understand Math and Science, you have no business being a supervisor. In the same way as if you are the slowest person on the team, you have no business being the running back. One hundred years ago, a person who couldn’t do Math would have never been promoted to supervisor. If a person can’t even accurately describe a relationship on a linear correlation graph, how could they ever supply accurate reasons for the existence of those relationships? But socialists know this and know that they will never have a chance if they don’t create a meaningless diploma. If everyone can pass math class, then whom will we promote? At this point it becomes arbitrary. It’s how communism and socialism work. The masses of people force others to provide them with security and comfort that hasn’t been earned. If everybody has a meaningless diploma, then government quotas can be systematically filled. A small population of people who are capable will then be responsible for doing the work of all the incapable people who probably make more money. Liberals love an unaccountable system that can be manipulated in their favor with no “proof of purchase”.
An added bonus is that this system actually benefits the rich. If everyone’s diploma is meaningless, then there is no argument for a rich, white man to not give his son the job. Liberal policy always has results that contradict their purpose. Liberals talk about it not being fair that rich kids get the jobs, so they create a system that allows rich people to make arbitrary selections. I firmly believe that the original Americans created public schools to create a competitive chance for those born without hope. School was a competition just like professional sports. In fact, it was a much easier way for someone from the hood or trailer park to make it to the top. The number of people who could be benefited by a “real” diploma is far greater than those who can play professional sports. Now, schools specifically attack competition as a bad thing, an idea that is not consistent with our Constitution.
I find it funny that people are always referring to China and India and the greatness of their educational system (kind of makes you wonder just how important education is when you analyze the quality of life in both of those Countries compared to the US; or wonder about the truth in the statistics). China and India are glorified because of their students’ test scores. Yet, nobody identifies that the Chinese educational system resembles what used to be the norm in the American educational system before the Social Movement of the 60’s. Teachers are well respected, students are held accountable, students are expected to listen and work, and competitive classroom achievement is the norm. Ironically, the same people in America praising China blame Capitalism (competition) and the old way of doing things in America for the failing system. How can people who insist God doesn’t exist because of their precious evolution theory insist that Capitalism isn’t a fact of life? It’s been fifty years or more since we’ve done things the old way, so you can’t keep blaming it. But this is a typical Liberal scenario. They attack a system they don’t like and change it. Then the new way makes the system become crappy and they somehow redirect blame to the original way as proof that we need to go deeper and further into the new way that doesn’t work.
I love the fact that we care about education and we are trying to make it more organized. However, don’t let a bunch of gloss ever cover up chicken shit. Just remember that fantastic nationwide standards have no effect without quality accountability. And fantastic nationwide standards do not change the concepts in Algebra or Chemistry class that were taught 100 years ago.
The word interpretation has become to mean something different in society, as the meaning of words often do change over time. Only in a world of people who don’t understand Math and Science could interpretation signify that laws can mean whatever people want them to mean. We’ve had laws that have existed for hundreds of years that all of a sudden don’t mean the same thing, “interpreted” differently. This is a dangerous practice for society because you could end up with another “Jim Crow” asshole “interpreting” things. The meaning of interpretation is quite simple. When you are baking a cake or performing a science experiment, you must interpret the directions (understand) properly or your cake will taste like shit or your lab will blow up in your face. A person cannot make up his/her own directions and still be making the same cake. If we agree that we are a nation that makes chocolate cake and your interpretation makes upside down pineapple vegetables, you just might deserve to be hung for treason; especially if you are an elected official who has sworn an oath. This idea is something that people who understand Math and Science know. Directions are not interpreted for your own personal outcomes. The goal is to understand the directions, not to promote your opinions or make yourself happy. When your laws turn into something other than what is clearly written as expected results then a serious problem exists.
A good start would be for people to understand that just because one judge makes a decision it does not mean that all judges have to agree. In fact, the way Science works all judges would have to agree before something became a law. Men of Science and logic wrote our founding documents. The grey areas were eliminated. And if you don’t understand Math and Science, you have no business interpreting those laws. I went to school with a lot of people who opted to study law instead of medicine because they weren’t too good at Math and Science. This scares me because I wonder if any of those people became judges. I don’t consider myself to be that enlightened but I can use the Pythagorean theorem in several different setting and situations. My fear is that people less enlightened than me are making our decisions now.
Common sense among Americans used to be logical because our leaders (decision makers) were enlightened, logical thinkers that showed us how to make sense of common problems. Now our leaders don’t earn their positions and don’t understand Math and Science. Look around you and tell me what the common sense among Americans has become. The more “enlightened” our society proclaims to be the more it appears to me that we are regressing to ideas that existed before the enlightenment age.
No, you don’t have to learn the Pythagorean theorem. But if you don’t or can’t learn it you have no business expecting our society to promote you. If it is such an unnecessary thing, then go start your own business and show us how it’s done. The purpose of school is not to make each individual happy. It is to conserve knowledge and create some common understanding so that we can function together as a society. You learn Math to see how well you can process logic that has already been discovered. You are creating truths in your mind to see if you can apply them to solving problems that have already been solved. If a person is not good at this, he or she probably won’t be good at solving problems for which he or she has no knowledge either. I’m not saying its impossible, but I don’t see why they would deserve a chance to be a supervisor over someone else who is good at this task. I don’t won’t to stand in anybody’s way of proving themselves worthy, but at this point it should be on their own shoulders if they don’t like learning the Pythagorean theorem and don’t think its important.
If we don’t learn truths in school and study concepts in depth, how will we ever know what to “google” on our smart phones? If we don’t know anything, we won’t know what to “google” or how to make sense of anything we do find on the Internet. It is impossible to solve problems or look up answers if we don’t understand anything. And the more complete understanding of concepts a person has the better they will be able to do both of those tasks. If we reduce learning to what individual students are interested in, then none of us will have a background to solve problems that arise that do not interest us. Also, a concept is not typically understood fully if only one problem is solved with one part of the concept. We learn Math to build a basis of truths and problem solving skills. You don’t learn the Pythagorean theorem because you will find the missing side to a triangle one day, although carpenters apply this skill often. You learn the Pythagorean theorem so that one day you can create your own theorem to solve your own problems. You learn so that you can understand logic and progress us beyond the Pythagorean theorem. We all use different skills and theories that we learned at some point in our lifetime at school. It’s always the liberals who think every concept and every lesson must have an immediate benefit for them when that was never the purpose. These people typically put the least amount of effort into the system but expect the most from it.
“We do not learn the Pythagorean theorem because it is easy, we learn the Pythagorean theorem because it is hard…” (guess who)
The original Americans had also wanted school to be a way up for those at the bottom. HOPE, the key to America’s success.