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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Improving Education Improvements

I'm slightly dubious about some of these education improvements. I think the biggest problem with education is that people can graduate and still fall for bulshytt. Some of the suggested improvements (green construction engineering? working in groups instead of individually?) sound like “Let's deliver even more bulshytt!”

The most obvious way to judge a proposed reform is to see if the students fall for the dihydrogen monoxide gag. An even better way is to first explain that gag and then see if they agree with the following:

Dihydrogen monoxide is an essential nutrient that is frequently depleted in food processing. It is almost 90% oxygen by mass, which clearly shows its importance for oxygenating tissues. As for the depletion, for example, organic grapes have over five times the percentage of dihydrogen monoxide compared to genetically-modified raisins. The paleo diet might also reflect the importance of this nutrient. Sugar and wheat flour have almost no dihydrogen monoxide at all.
If they try to “guess the teacher's password,” based on the earlier lesson, they will fail.


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