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Wednesday, May 29. 2013
"The Hillington Phallus is a very popular exhibit at Lynn Museum.”
Friedman: How to Get a Job
Dear Grads, Don't 'Do What You Love'
How the Press Came To Love Obama More Than Itself
100,000 Christians die for faith every year: Vatican
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"Why Fire Makes Us Human"
That was quite interesting. I think I'll rewatch the interesting 1981 drama-documentary "Quest For Fire" tonight. If you don't like a lot of that pesky "dialogue" stuff, that's the movie to see. Well, that and "The Bear", which I think included about six spoken words.
I read Wrangham's book, Catching Fire, a few years ago due to a good report of it over at the Bookworm Room. A very interesting book with a well developed argument.
Between this and the oldest recipe being for beer, thus a likely influence on shifting to farming, the noble savage is taking a beating. In fact, he's starting to look a lot like the suburban dad last Monday, at the grill, meat turner in on hand, beer in the other.
These truly are the end of times. First, Friedman actually rights something reasonable and that doesn't say we should be China.
But it is amusing how he highlights two veterans of Kinsey and Goldman (ages 27 and 28) have a new idea, competency testing for jobs. Sounds good, perhaps they are being disciplined in the testing. Otherwise, and far more likely now they've made the NY Times, their fellow graduates who became part of the problem instead of the solution down at the DOL and DOJ will be calling with threats of government violence for "discrimination" or something.
But this actually appears in the NY Times
...a Detroit woman who had worked as a cashier at Borders. She realized that that had no future, so she taught herself Excel. “We gave her a very rigorous test, and she outscored people who had gone to Stanford and Harvard. She ended up as a top applicant for a job that, on paper, she was completely unqualified for.”
That's right boys and girls, you can out compete Stanford and Harvard grads by simply spending some off hours learning to do something useful. All for the cost of a copy of Excel.
I don't know if this is a celebration of the breaking of the education cartel or a sad commentary on the state of the economy and Ivy league education.
Who would look at Harvard or Stanford graduates to do spreadsheets?
Friedman's column was one of the few he's done that made any sense at all. While I don't dispute his point that companies sometimes have ridiculous job qualifications (I remember in the early '90s, some companies wanted Java programmers with five years of experience - but Java wasn't that old!), sometimes the job descriptions are designed so that nobody can fill them and that gives them the ability to get a foreign H1B workers.
They don't indicate the fancy job title for the position but apparently it was a fancy way of saying Excel expert.
But it seems some from Stanford and Harvard applied. Either in desperation or because of the fancy title.
Some people are really smart/clever/intelligent and college doesn't necessarily make them smarter. Some people are not very smart and, again, college doesn't necessarily make them smarter. It is far more likely that the high standards of schools like Stanford and Harvard have far more to do wiith the success of their graduates then the schools themselves do. The degree is the (required) key to many jobs and many avenues that lead to success but it is the individual that succeeds and rarely is it the college education that is the cause of the success. To misquote Edison "Genius is one percent education, ninety nine percent perspiration". Having said that my entire life experience convinces me that you are either born with "it" or you are not. And even then some very smart people who clearly had the gift of intelligence and natural ability never live up to their potential.
"Roman kids were bristling with phalluses." Bristling; heh, heh, heh.
Demonstrate proficiency to get a job? That's raaaaacist!
The Press: Battered Wife Syndrome, anyone?
Multi-Culti: Ya ever notice on dollar bills, "E Pluribus Unum"? Makes me wonder why the Progs haven't taken that off.
No doubt some of the companies using this "new" competency testing will go bankrupt beating back the government drones since they'll say competency is discriminatory. However, the law actually supports testing that is objectively required for the job. Where companies got into trouble and decided to use college as a proxy was in inquiring about soft skills and subjective criteria. How does one test for an innovative employee?
Competency testing is, I think, the wave of the future. A college degree is no longer a good indicator of competency and with so many going to college, it is not as sorting as it once was. And competency will undo the education cartel since it will put them on objective measurements.
Not to mention, competency testing will permit prove of skill to the cream of an otherwise mediocre university or one who attended school in a foreign country. Expect serious opposition as competency will undermine the professional and licenser cartels as well.
Good question Charlie, what was the boy doin' those five hours?
Perhaps, in Tahajjud seeking counsel with his false prophet and his devillah.
Methinks, it's time to impeach the boy.
--re the VDH piece, every act is from experience, and if the experience does not include some knowledge of a larger history then it will have to make do with whatever has generated that feeling of that moment.
Sooo. . .how is it that corporations support "the revolution"? Here is one--a really big one!
Be sure to read down toward the bottom!
FW, search on 'why the spartans murdered the best helotes' and you have a likely answer to your question.
I've always wondered why universities like Michigan State use the Spartan as a school mascot. You would think with all the uproar about "Indians" and "Redskins" plus various other "offensive" team names that Spartans would denote infanticide, slavery and war. I have this theory that the reason liberals don't demand a change in school Spartan names is that women were considered the equal of men, in some cases higher status than men, and that pleases the limousine liberal thus no demand to change.
Why did I parse that as "Hillary Phallus"?
Maybe I'm projecting based on her upcoming book. :>)
O, burn, burn, burn
the image from my mind
and please don't DO that, Tom,
without a warning of some kind!
Stu Schneiderman on Cowardice is a disservice to the brave. Anxiety, phobia and cowardice may be related, but what a disappointment to find Maggie's Farm trying to rationalize away the power and importance of human emotions. I had thought better of you.