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  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…, in reply to nzlemming,

    Just another way of getting high?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave, in reply to Deborah,

    it takes an enormous amount of work to prepare distance materials, far more so than preparing internal courses

    Absolutely – for one thing, you have to parse everything in minute detail for possible miscommunication, as there’s no chance to clear up ambiguities or errors. One of the courses I’m currently teaching has both physical and online students. I try to cover all the material ‘live’ in class before sending it online, so that the online students can also get an account of the in-class discussion. But essentially it means doing everything twice over.

    For students, well… it depends. It depends a lot on whether the student has people or forums available for interactive discussion. Homeschooling can work well for some students, but either the student has to be incredibly motivated to follow up ideas themselves, and/or the parents have to be well-educated and involved.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave,

    * wreaks of > reeks of
    (Language errors are kind of inevitable when writing on education :-/
    Still not quite as embarrassing as Parata’s incompetence, though.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is not a…, in reply to william blake,

    But it's his drug of choice, so of course that's different.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to goforit,

    But could any vehicle that doesn't at least allow a human driver pass a WOF?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Sweet Inspiration, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Musically, for sure -- but those lyrics go beyond cheese into some other animal product entirely. Rhyming "today" with "see"!? *shudder*

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…, in reply to FletcherB,

    To give print media its due, Vernon Small ( Dominion Post Thu 18 Aug), giving hat tips to A. Geddis and G. Edgeler, also noted this bill as a symptom of National stuffing the member’s bill ballot.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The law to make it easier…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    embarking on a political career and then turn it into being a bit of a general joke

    Not that odd, cf. Jo(hn)Key The Clown Minister.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Obvious boring answer:
    a quite literal “some of my best friends are…” statement.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in an STV election, in reply to Steve Todd,

    it would be absurd not to elect ABCD in the example I gave.

    Again, this depends on the system’s starting assumptions. I am not convinced that it is automatically absurd not to exclude E; candidate E has by far the widest support among the voter population, even though this is expressed as 2nd-preference rather than 1st-preference votes. By contrast, each of ABCD appears relatively unacceptable to at least 70% of voters (receiving neither 1st nor 2nd rankings). As noted above, if you measure overall support by weighting the n th-rank support by (0.5)^ n (which entails that each complete set of ranks counts as 1 vote, and that the total of n th-rank votes are worth as much as all lower-ranked votes combined), the candidates are ranked in overall support as E,A,B,C,D on the (incomplete) preference information given.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1437 posts Report Reply

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