Originally Posted by SCollins
Music increase intellegence, and staying fit reduces health care costs and increase quality of life. Calculus is nice, but when the bulk of the population has a IQ of 100 or below, your not going to teach these folks calculus. Still at that, someone must make the widegts, so get off your high horse.
Your post is indicative of why economics really needs to be taught earlier. I don't mean offense there I just again get upset when people go..."well you can't teach everyone calculus because they aren't smart enough". This is simply an assumption that because of current conditions things could not get better (or worse). So rather than give a person the chance to demonstrate otherwise we should assume that Calculus is just out of reach for most people? I'll share something humiliating with you...I took what was about Calc2 in high school and got just an ok 28 on the ACT...and I'm the only one of my friends without either a college degree and/or a job paying 50k or more a year. I'm not smart by most of the worlds standards and I'm sure my IQ isn't far from 100..yet I could do calculus. I'm sure that if people actually kept raising the standards in what is taught in classrooms instead of some arbitrary tests they'd see some change. Want to teach something applicable to every day life...get a kid an Adrino or similar kit and have him program with it. Better yet let him tinker around in an OS that promotes such though like Linux or on hardware designed like the Pi.
Music in generic doesn't increase intelligence...at least not the mainstream kind filled with simplistic words and recycled rhythm and notes. Classical music was the only kind ever linked to having a slightly above statistically insignificant result. However, composing/creating it might have a more intellectually stimulating effect.
As for PE...the problem is not simply that kids don't exercise...they regardless consume more than they need. I hardly exercise now and I'm still as skinny as ever. Why? I don't eat as much as I did when I ran 5k a day.
PS: I'm not on a high horse...but in a world where everyone programs...there's likely a machine that makes the widget why everyone else makes different machines or things with code. Society is better off and everyone has increased their human capital.
Originally Posted by _GTech
I find his sentiments my own, especially about what is needed in school, I don't think he is on a high horse, I think he is expressing the truth, and for the most part he is correct... (Linux? JUST SAY NO!)
I do not believe the problem is about "what" people are capable of learning or that their intelligence matters, in fact, Albert Einstein couldn't even talk till he was like what 4 years old? The problem is they do not teach well enough in school and the kids are not truly motivated enough to learn, well those in America that is...
You cannot gauge a person's intelligence by their IQ, the test are faulty! Moreover, who's to say a person with a low IQ couldn't improve it?
Nevertheless, all of this talk is for naught, and indeed MS & Facebook have a very real reason why they want this to happen...
It's called, INTELLECTUAL & INFORMATION THEFT....
anyway, I just had to share this
Linux...is an OS designed by programmers for programmers (or stupid people like me who just get lucky to make it work).
And it's not only that MS or Facebook will "steal" from your ideas...they do need people to fill in whenever someone retires or dies.
PS: HTML isn't "programming" as my friends who do code tell me. They remind me it's "just a mark up language". Then laugh at me when they see what I write for scripts in bash.