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Wednesday, January 1st, 2025
7:42 am - Thoughts on education
I've been on lj over 12 years now, and I've had lots of thoughts on education [also, I was posting stuff on marypat.org in longer form from 1996 - 2002; I've also written a lot at the Actuarial Outpost on this subject]

So this post is simply to amass posts as I find them, and categorize them. I am defining "education" very broadly here. I may be linking to some friends-locked posts, and will note that when I link. Some of these posts may need to be moved around for better organization.

12 Days of LearningCollapse )

My thoughts for starting schools, business related to educationCollapse )

Responses to Charles MurrayCollapse )

Gifted education/IQ stuffCollapse )

Math educationCollapse )

Online educationCollapse )

Females and math and scienceCollapse )

Actuarial educationCollapse )

UncategorizedCollapse )

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
7:26 am - 2018 Winter MarbleLympics Event 4: Bobsled (marble race tournament)
2018 Winter MarbleLympics Event 4: Bobsled (marble race tournament)

MERCHANDISE SHOP: http://www.jelleshop.com Event 4 is the Bobsled (or Bobsleigh) where 4 marbles inside a 3d printed bobsled must slide down a course made wi...

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 21 Feb 2018, 12:26

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
6:39 pm - RiffTrax Live 2018 - Space Mutiny and Krull!
RiffTrax Live 2018 - Space Mutiny and Krull!

RiffTrax is performing two Live Shows in 2018 simulcast to hundreds of movie theaters nationwide: SPACE MUTINY and KRULL!

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 20 Feb 2018, 23:39

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6:23 pm - How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?
How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?

Finally getting out from under the flu? Just because you're feeling better doesn't mean you can't get other people sick. You can spread the flu for longer than you might think.

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 20 Feb 2018, 23:23

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6:08 pm - Women & STEM -- Comparative Advantage: How Does It Work?
Nobody can Explain that.

Oh wait, we totally can.

Surprising nobody who can rub two brain cells together, it's found that: The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM

Before I excerpt, I ask for the nth time: why is this a problem?

Key excerpt:

What’s more, the countries that minted the most female college graduates in fields like science, engineering, or math were also some of the least gender-equal countries. They posit that this is because the countries that empower women also empower them, indirectly, to pick whatever career they’d enjoy most and be best at.


So... women must be made unhappy because equality? Is that your thought?

Look, I'm reaping the rewards of being good at numbers and at words. They're both very easy for me, and I enjoy them both. And the best place to take advantage of that is the business world. You need me in academia?

Screw you. Pay me.

Link to rude, classic film reference.

The following bit made me laugh my head off:

“Countries with the highest gender equality tend to be welfare states,” they write, “with a high level of social security.” Meanwhile, less gender-equal countries tend to also have less social support for people who, for example, find themselves unemployed. Thus, the authors suggest, girls in those countries might be more inclined to choose stem professions, since they offer a more certain financial future than, say, painting or writing.


My original link is to The Atlantic, which is full of people comfortable with words and not so comfortable with quantities. They provided no graphs to show the result.

This is the link to the research paper.

Here is a graph from said paper, grabbed from this AEI link.



So, our Nordic superiors, Finland and Norway, with awesome gender equality (measured who-the-hell-knows-how) have very low %ages of their STEM grads being women.

Here is a thought: this is not a problem.

Or if it's a problem, I blame socialism. Bring down the patriarchy! Dismantle the social welfare state!

I have a modest proposal: mind your own damn business. If people want to do something you don't approve of, but is not evil (like, say, mass murder), perhaps you should butt out.

But I'm also fine with the DOWN WITH SOCIALISM platform. That would also work.

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3:28 pm - hanging out at the library
hanging out at the library

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 20 Feb 2018, 20:28

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12:24 pm - To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter
To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter

A major document in the literature of human rights, this now-legendary memoir, by one of the most prominent of the Soviet-era Russian dissidents, was a world-wide bestseller when first published in 1978.At the age of 20, as punishment for his political protests, Vladimir Bukovsky was falsely decl...

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 20 Feb 2018, 17:24

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8:31 am - this is a face you can trust (i'm waiting for my Lush face mask to do its magic)
this is a face you can trust (i'm waiting for my Lush face mask to do its magic)

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 20 Feb 2018, 13:31

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8:24 am - Mary Pat
Mary Pat

me: bonnie, ya gotta get a plate

bon: oh i don't want any bacon

me: what?!

bon: just kidding!

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 20 Feb 2018, 13:24

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Monday, February 19th, 2018
4:33 pm - took D to the movies today - there was a trailer for Small Foot. At the end, D piped up: "Welcome…
took D to the movies today - there was a trailer for Small Foot. At the end, D piped up: "Welcome…

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 19 Feb 2018, 21:33

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8:09 am - Mary Pat
Mary Pat

mo: i thought you weren't allowed to go to work on saturday!

oh, honey.

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 19 Feb 2018, 13:09

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8:09 am - Mary Pat
Mary Pat

started in on the whiskey.

and here's my song

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 19 Feb 2018, 13:09

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6:21 am - STUMP Articles Memory Monday: Current Flu Cases and Third Week of February 1918 19 February…
STUMP Articles Memory Monday: Current Flu Cases and Third Week of February 1918 19 February…

Last week, I noted that people kept going on about the current flu season being the worst in a decade (while I’m doing eyebrow-a-la-The-Rock) though the season of 2014-2015 was pretty bad, and was a lot less than a decade ago.

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 19 Feb 2018, 11:21

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Saturday, February 17th, 2018
6:21 pm - I LOVE YOU NERDS and you non-nerds are okay, i guess
I LOVE YOU NERDS and you non-nerds are okay, i guess

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 17 Feb 2018, 23:21

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4:44 pm - https://youtu.be/JO0F0YqFfag
https://youtu.be/JO0F0YqFfag

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 17 Feb 2018, 21:44

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3:55 pm - lazy saturday watching tmbg vids w D, while he plays w his giant stuffed penguin
lazy saturday watching tmbg vids w D, while he plays w his giant stuffed penguin

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 17 Feb 2018, 20:55

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Friday, February 16th, 2018
4:07 pm - Photos from Mary Pat Campbell's post
Photos from Mary Pat Campbell's post

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Feb 2018, 21:07

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3:54 pm - Photos from Mary Pat Campbell's post
Photos from Mary Pat Campbell's post

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Feb 2018, 20:54

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7:16 am - Mary Pat
Mary Pat

bon: youre not even mocking me
mo: wah wah wah im a baby and i have half a page left
me: hush
mo: wah wah wah im a baby and i want to eat a banana
bon: babys dont even eat bananas, theyre too big
mo: i am mocking you

mo: why are you typing everything i say?

mo: and mama, what is a biodome
me: what do you think it is?
bon: a banana
mo: a dome made of biochemicals?
me: i'll tell you after i finish typing this

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Feb 2018, 12:16

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Thursday, February 15th, 2018
10:05 pm - aARgh sciatica
aARgh sciatica

Posted by Mary Pat Campbell on 16 Feb 2018, 03:05

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