New Year’s Eve Links [Updated]

BTW, I am listening to The Pipettes while I type this.

Top 10 Businesspundit Posts of 2006

TDAXP describes the differences between Shia and Sunni Islam; [update] Catholicgauze has the maps to go with it.

5GW: “Exploring what comes next is cooler than what’s maturing now

In “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind” EnigmaFoundry writes:

So the Bush administrations policy has a fundamental conceptual flaw: It is fighting an ad hoc network by trying to kill those it believes are part of the network. But this ad hoc network is feed by a fundamental belief, which is: The US is evil, it is out to kill Muslims, and it is therefore the duty of good people to destroy this evil killing machine. Now, to defeat this network we need to fight this fundamental belief, not to kill those who hold it, because this would just demonstrate that the belief is correct. Every time we win, we lose.

My thought on the aboive: 4GW (and 5GW) is as much about memes as about tangible things.

Old Lawfare links: here and here. A newer one here. [Update] And here.

Hezbollah’s Christian Allies

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow

“…One of its main ideas is that mandatory schooling begin at age 3 and end after 10th-grade. After that, going on to colleges and universities would be one of several choices available. Another choice, equally typical and just as well-funded, would be vocational training.”

4 Responses

  1. Humorously, mandatory universal preschool and prepreschool are described under “Step 2: Making Much More Efficient Use of the Available Resources” on text page 2 of the executive summary. Why

    building a high-quality full-service early childhood education system for every 3- and 4-year-old student in the United States

    will be efficient, or even wise, considering the superficial and destructive nature of American public schools is beyond me.

    We have a highly competitive and extraordinarily effecctive tertiary educational system. We have a highly socialist and extraordinarily bad secondary educational system. This is the heart of the problem, and moving boxes on a authoritarian flowchart won’t do much to change that.

  2. I do like the idea of more choices in high school. I would have preferred to have started college course in 11th grade, then to have continued at half-speed in 11th and 12grade.

    A modernized use education systems would look something like (a post I have been meaning to make in detail): 1) All Vouchers, 2) All schools Charter schools, 3) IEPs for All Students, 4) An Amazon/Ebay type of feedback system against the programs.

    I will elaborate on this in 2007.

  3. I would have preferred to have started college course in 11th grade, then to have continued at half-speed in 11th and 12grade.

    My high school allowed this option, with every enrolled class of college counting as a period-off in the day. College classes didn’t count against high-school requirements, but being able to leave early to study economics, programming, and such certainly made my day more bareable.

  4. There was a lot of compression in course work I whishd for. I learned nothing in math from 4rd grade through 6grade. I would have liked to have tailored my education tolearning algebra and geometry in grade school. With stats and calculus in junior high, and collage calculus in high school. Well, I shut up now and write the post for a few days from now.

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