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  • If so I'd like to know why the schools insisted on trying to teach it to me.
    The same reason they will try to teach everything else -- their jobs depend on how well your measurements come out.

    If teachers were required to have 3/5th of their class pass a height requirement by 12th grade, they'd be feeding children growth hormones. If teachers were required to teach children demonstrably false information on a regular basis, they'd do that too.

    They believe their job is important, and it is; but it's not the job they are being paid to do. Their job is to help people function in worthwhile ways in the world; they are only paid to make test scores look good and get everybody to sing the alphabet on cue.

    Most of my teachers were valuable negative examples of the kind of person I always wanted to be.


    You are what you think.
    • What I'm saying is that persuasive speech is non-coercive and not "evil," and that it is is some way legitimized by the fact that the state of Texas deems it important enough to include on an exit examination. I'm well aware of why the teachers taught the subject, and anything else on the test. I'm talking at a higher level, and talking about why we as a society (or as the society of the state of Texas) force the teachers to do that.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers