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Tuesday, July 8 2008, 02:47 pm

Standardized Smanderdized, Tests are Obsolete

Being bored can make you think just about anything. With that in mind, I discovered a solution to one of my pet peeves: standardized testing. During my educational career I grew from straight A ace to meager B bum to a little C camper. Testing my academic knowledge through a series of set questions became redundent, but it's the only way, right? We've been reinforced with that idea ever since academics were around. I feel a need for change. Yes, there still needs to be a point of measure for knowledge, but the "how" is all that needs adjusting.

Evals, evaluations I should say, need to be introduced as a replacement. Their structure? Think of it more like an IQ test for a specific academic field. Of course, there will need to be a check against subjectivity, or political correctness, as we know it today. If testing was overhauled, I suspect the satisfaction level of all people of all ages would improve several times over. Heck, I may even go back and finish college. There, I finally finished this blog post.

Wednesday, May 21 2008, 02:47 am

How the Dumbening of the Earth is Taking Hold

Products have all sorts of warnings, but now even on breakfast cereal. You know the world has hit rock bottom when something like breakfast cereal needs to tell you something obvious. The above picture is unmodified besides cropping, if you can believe that. Then there's the "Warning: Hot Coffee" at McDonalds or "Do not Consume" on tickets to a rock concert (thanks Homer). The government should step in, right? Oh, but wait, isn't it that why there's a Secretary of Education? Corporate America isn't doing anything to alleviate this either. Just read back at my comments about cell phone companies for a classic example.

Are we babied enough? Do enough lawyers get their paychecks from this stuff? We're so close to living in an Idiocracy world, it's not even funny anymore. Soon enough we'll reject water, like out of the toilet, as a fundamental source of irrigation because some marketing whiz will engineer a most devious plot displaying how electrolytes do the job more eXtreme. Should we dawn some tin foil hats? Nah, you missed my point. Most of the human population ignores these messages anyway. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have the sudden urge to go swig down some shoe polish.

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