January 25, 2004

Sunday Stuff

Yeah, I took an unannounced day off. There was nothing to write about yesterday, and I only got about 40 visitors, so it wouldn't have made much of a difference. I'm surprised Larry didn't come back.

Anyway, I do have some stuff planned for later. I want to dissect the policies of John Edwards and John Kerry, the two candidates who are now looking more like potential Democratic nominees. I'll start with Edwards later today, and Kerry will follow eventually. Until then, here are a few things that have been on my mind:

-Do people in college dorms realize that it's possible to close a door without slamming the frickin' thing? This is especially annoying during the night. I was trying to go to sleep around 4:30, and the idiots must've slammed the same door 10 times in half an hour. It's not that hard to hold the door while you close it!

-Cell phones. They're annoying. I was at a meeting today for my TRF class with 2 other people. The meeting lasted about 25 minutes. During those 25 minutes, both people got a cell phone call. That's just sad.

-While I was typing the following point, I accidentally unplugged the computer with my foot and had to wait 5 minutes for it to restart. Luckily, I save frequently.

-I've been thinking about something. Dubya keeps talking about improving schools to make sure that all children learn reading and math skills. That's obviously important, since those are the most basic forms of knowledge and are necessary for everyday life.

However, there's another area that schools are ignoring. I think that all students, preferably during high school, should be required to take at least one class in critical thinking (forming arguments, logical fallacies, etc.). I taught myself critical thinking using various websites over several months last year, and it's really helped me to form and defend my opinions. Plus, it would practically eliminate Michael Moore's fan base, as well as most of the Democratic Party, within the next 20 years!

-Seriously, if you are the person on the syr.edu domain who visits this site from Google on a daily basis, it would be really cool to know who you are. Just sayin'.

-Remember the above thing about slamming doors? At least 5 doors have been slammed while I've been typing this. What's wrong with you people?

-Reminder #3: My birthday is on Tuesday. I'm going to be 19. Wow.

I think that's it for now. I'll be back later with some political analysis.

Posted by CD on January 25, 2004 04:37 PM
Semi-Intelligent Comments

Do you think most college students pay attention to how they close their doors? Don't worry, you'll get used to it soon enough--sort of a conditioning type of process (look at your psyc book if you don't understand)

As for cell phones, people should have the decency to either turn 'em off, or put 'em into silent/vibrate mode (a.k.a "happy mode").

Regarding education, even before critical thinking, schools really have to get back to the basics, the 3Rs--Reading, wRiting and aRithmatic

Posted by: jaws at January 25, 2004 04:48 PM

Yeah, schools do need to get back to the basics, but I think they should be teaching basic thinking skills as well. Think about it. By your junior year of high school, you usually have to take a bunch of electives you chose arbitrarily, or a bunch of classes that teach you things you don't need to know. They could fit a CT course or two into that area. It would be great for preparing students to go to college. Maybe indoctrination would be harder.

Posted by: CD at January 25, 2004 04:56 PM

speaking of cell phones, why the hell haven't I found a person talking on one in order to take a picture in like 20 years?

I had a prof who walked out three different times from a 500 person class because people's phones kept ringing...

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