I'm reminded of a test question in grad school. I don't recall the
question or the answer, but I do recall that the technique that we were
shown in class gave an incorrect answer. I called the TA on it and he
wouldn't back down. I went by his office in an Armani suit with a
briefcase later and had a discussion with him in which he recognized the
error of his ways. Next class he told everybody that that question had
two answers that he would accept, the _right_ answer and the one that
the erroneous method he had taught yielded.
Ok, here is a variation: John could paint a wall in 3 hours and Tom
could paint the same wall in 4 hours. How long should it take them to
paint the wall together?
This is a standard College Algebra question--a type most of the students
find particularly difficult.
Gosh, I thought you'd ask, "What if they only had one brush?"! : )
I think if I expressed one time as 3 hours and the other as 4 hours and
15 minutes, then the problem would be regarded as "totally unsolvable"! : )
There's more than enough info there regarding the union possibility.
I.E., there is no union affiliation whatsoever. It takes union guys
more time than specified just to get to the site and unpack their
tools. Work wouldn't even have _started_ in under 4 hours.
Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come
alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive. -- Howard Thurman
"OT: What are our schools learning "
Wait a second, just who is calling the kettle black?
Shouldn't that read "teaching?"
No I believe he has it right, the schools are learning nothing and as a
result failing miserably with our kids.
Trying to stay up with the Jones' IMHO is most of the problem. The average
family is taking on too much and both parents have to work to keep afloat.
The baby sitter becomes the school but the parents don't want the schools to
provide any discipline. So instead of dealing with the child as they should
or turning them over to the parent and holding the parent responsible, they
have no one to go to. No hablan ingles.
Interesting. If the government can hold the parents liable for a child's
truancy, why can't they hold the parents culpable for the child's lack of
"Your kid gets at least "C"s or YOU go to jail!"
No, there are going to be kids that fail, that is a fact of life and not all
of the kids have the aptitude to be financially successful. The biddest
advantage any one can give their child is more parent child time and to
insure that the child is not being a disruptive problem at school. If the
school has the backing of the parents the kids will naturally do better.
Dumbing down the system to make sure all kids get the same grades dumbs down
the country. Other countries don't dumb down the system to pass the kids
and third world countries are beginning to whip our asses.
Just yesterday the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation released
their annual "Economic Freedom" rankings.
Since last year, Canada moved ahead of the U.S. (mainly on the weakness of
the U.S. economy rather than the strength of Canada). The United States DOES
remain slightly ahead of Chile.
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