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  1. about 10 hours ago on Doonesbury

    I thought ignorant meant lacking knowledge, and Google seems to agree with me. That’s how I’ve usually heard it used, and that’s precisely what I meant: there are things they don’t know. We all hope they’ll know those things in good time, but they surely don’t yet.

  2. about 16 hours ago on Doonesbury

    FYI: something you’re born with and don’t need to learn is a reasonable definition of intrinsic. Apologies if you really meant some similar word.

  3. about 16 hours ago on Doonesbury

    I suggest it’s the best (may only) way for people to develop self-esteem in the first place.

    Intrinsic self-esteem is a thing that exists for narcissists and psychopaths only. (I realize I just opened the door to talking about the President.)

    Normal children need to learn that they are capable, and worthy of human dignity. It’s not a thing we’re born knowing: we’re born incapable and pooping on ourselves.

  4. about 18 hours ago on Doonesbury

    As I recall, there was a lot of barfing associated with Hunk-Ra. Maybe borrowed from The Exorcist? (Just a guess.)

  5. about 18 hours ago on Doonesbury

    Be nice.

  6. about 18 hours ago on Doonesbury

    That sure “sounds” sarcastic. And if you’re one of the (apparently few) good parents out there these days, you don’t need it, and I’m sorry to have wasted your time.

    But only a little: I was shocked by the number of “my” kids (>90%) who clearly didn’t have parents that good, Those parents desperately need to hear that. I figure most parents (and teachers) today could use to hear it.

    I don’t know how something so obvious could be unknown. I imagine it has a lot to do with Schools of Education: they managed to un-learn a lot of obvious facts, and create a lot of untrue ones, over the past 100 years.

    When I was taking grad school courses in Ed, most were in the School of Science Education. They rarely rose to “good”, but weren’t bad, and were useful. The couple of courses I had to take in the (regular) School of Education (at a university where that department had a pretty good reputation nationally) were really embarrassing: I was embarrassed for them, teaching the drivel they were saying, and I was embarrassed for myself, that anyone might see me listening to that junk. The material was seriously taught at a level similar to what I remember from 7th grade. And it was intended for people who already had a college degree.

  7. about 21 hours ago on Doonesbury

    P.S. Sadly, Hillary’s hardly any of these things, either. What are the odds there will be a good candidate next time? I think most people wouldn’t even care which party (s)he was running on.

    I suggest that people who agree with this should “like” this comment, just so the seriously political readers can see how many there are.

  8. about 21 hours ago on Doonesbury

    >> (unless they’re as dumb as a Trump)

    I should probably chide you for dragging politics in, but this is the Doonesbury page. But I suggest that most of the Trumps aren’t dumb at all. I haven’t seen evidence that any of them are below average (admittedly, a pretty low bar) in intelligence.

    I suggest you may be mistaking character flaws and psychological issues with stupidity.

    Please note that I’m_not_ claiming that these make him any less unsuited to the job — I think I’d rather have someone dumb and trustworthy and stable.

  9. about 23 hours ago on Doonesbury

    Yes! Remember: they don’t know much yet, but they’re not stupid!

    I’m often impressed with how smart “dumb” kids are, if they have the facts they need.

    Now, judgement is another matter entirely, but they’re all pretty smart.

  10. about 24 hours ago on Doonesbury

    The public high school where I taught kept trying things to build kids’ self esteem the opposite f the right way. They’d give the kids dumbed-down things to do that they basically couldn’t fail at.

    Of course, the kids aren’t stupid (just ignorant) so they knew what was happening and the only thing the exercise accomplished was to lower the kids’ estimation of the school administration.

    Brief lesson for teachers and parents:

    The only way to actually raise someone’s self-esteem works every time, and is not complicated: give them something to do that’s difficult but still possible for them to do. When they do it, voila! Look at their faces: that’s what self esteem looks like.

    If they can’t do it, they learn another important lesson that schools often fail to teach: it’s okay to fail sometimes. And they get another difficult but possible (for them) task. Eventually, they get it right, and they get self-esteem and the importance of perseverance.