Monday, 2 December 2013

08:15 – Happy Birthday to Barbara, who turns 20:39 today.


Our D-Link DIR-615 router/WAP has started dropping the WAN connection sporadically, so I ordered a D-Link DIR-826L to replace it. I hooked it up yesterday, and it didn’t work. Didn’t work as in wouldn’t even recognize that the cable modem was providing a WAN link. So the DIR-615 is back in place until I figure out what’s going on with the new unit.

I just read a big article in the morning paper about Common Core. The article couldn’t say enough good things about Common Core and its emphasis on “critical thinking”. The real problem with Common Core, which the article failed to mention, is that many students are not capable of critical thinking. Nor are many teachers.

The fundamental problem is that the powers-that-be refuse to recognize that there are very real and very large cognitive differences between the best, the average, and the worst students, which simply reflects the population at large. Remember the old saying: One can’t teach calculus to a horse. But these cargo-cult thinkers apparently believe that any student can learn any subject, regardless of difficulty, if only they’re given the opportunity. If only that were true, but it’s not.