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Trump: The Second Year


Sure. And I’d take it a step further and say that for some kids, they shouldn’t waste years rehashing fundamentals that they’ve shown a mastery of, and should put emphasis on specialized accelerated learning.

But even that comes back to bang/buck and resource allocation.

Also, it’s spur convos like this that remind me how much I miss our brilliant 'lil Puff.


How many of them will actually go on to program? Or, do any kinds of electronic work? Seems like most will forget it out of disuse…


Not anymore than any other subject which may not apply for future jobs. I haven’t used calculus ever. Doesn’t mean subjects aren’t valuable for well rounded students.

That said more and more schools are teaching with career pathway programs


This is pretty spot on.


Mismanagement is definitely part of the issue, no argument from me.


I guess my main point being it’s absolutely positive, so now we’re just debating the minutia on cost effectiveness. Maybe it’s not overly cost effective to the actual cost. I love that it gets kids excited and interested in tech at a young age, which can/does springboard their interests for years to come.

Luckily, the wealthier suburbs of the world have funding in spades, so that’s not really anywhere near the same issue. And my daughter’s school transitioned to chromebooks years ago, which are hilariously cheaper than the macs that the majority of schools used to go with.

I’m also guessing I’ll struggle to find the kid who crushes that python project but somehow can’t handle 5th grade math.

Insert same statement about biology, chemistry, various history classes, calculus, geometry, various activities in PE.

I’d say pound for pound your average American is better off having a rudimentary knowledge of how code works, or how electricity travels from point A to point B, than any 3 of the classes above.


And you never know when you’ll need to engineer a glitter and fart bomb.


My wife showed me that video last night. The reactions are hilarious.


That’s about what I would have said. I am certainly not on Pie’s side of the aisle but he’s completely correct. Not hearing a debate …even if it is phrased in terms that are less than eloquent… breeds resentment. Sooner or later that resentment finds an outlet.


“Clearly not my fucking lines”

Lol, that was funny.

Pretty spot on.


I don’t know what the thing is, but there is a thing with this. I’ve met a few people that are very good with geometric relationships, spatial awareness, etc. that either do not like or have some misunderstanding of math.

Not common by any stretch, but a couple of people come to mind.


Oh absolutely. Einstein couldn’t tie his shoes or some shit. I’m perfectly happy to admit outliers exist. I’m just not overly worried about the people who grasp advanced concepts yet struggle with simple ones.

Tbh seems like an amazing way to bring purpose to people who can handle the advanced but not the simple. Hellava lot more purpose than the 1 room schoolhouse will be providing in today’s world


Annnnnd Mad Dog Mattis just resigned.




From his letter:

“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,”

“One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies.”


Multiple shots fired in this letter:

Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model – gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions – to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.


I really don’t understand the thought process behind leaving Syria.


His boss (Putin) told him to do it or else.


To paraphrase John Dolan, when FOX starts rhetorically asking why are the Muslims so crazy and support sharia law, know that Muslim communists, socialists and liberals were killed off or allowed to be killed off by Western powers for the last six decades.


Quite. The Kurds are going to get flattened now.