Posts by BenWilson

  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    I think you'll find the syllabus has changed a lot since the 60s. But my point was that young people are still young, can only learn so much in the time given, have to choose between competing studies, and I personally think they do an amazing job of it. I was recently a returning student at University and I have to say that I came away very much reassured that the world is heading into safer hands. They are woke like we only dreamed of, and our excuse that we didn't have the learning resources they do is fair enough for why we weren't as switched on as they are, but it's not an ongoing excuse for failing to keep up.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    I wouldn’t call the study of ethics and morality “life skills” any more than any other general subject. But it’s a sweeping term anyway, means different things to different people. It’s not like I never used maths, english, knowledge of history, foreign languages, and understanding of healthy exercise ever, in my life.

    People often identify minor shortfalls in their education as major holes in the education system, without really appreciating just how much there is to learn and teach. We make excuses after the fact for things we did not make efforts with at the time, trying to blame teachers and the education system for not forcing the knowledge into our unwilling brains. This goes as much for any attempt to teach “life skills” as any subject. From memory, when I was in high school (the 80s) I took 6 subjects in 5th form and was super stoked to avoid a course that was ostensibly “life skills”, which those doing only 5 were required to do, many of whom considered it a waste of time. Calls for “more practical” education are pretty much as old as education itself.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    I mean, really, you expect students to come to that list of philosophy topic questions and get engaged with it?

    It's the curriculum, not the course materials. For NCEA courses that have credits right through to level 3. You waxed lyrical that you'd often pondered why this doesn't exist. Ponder no more. It does, and has for quite some time. People are interested in these big questions, have been for thousands of years. Experienced teachers teach it using all of the techniques that professionals in education typically bring to classrooms.

    I imagine that it's a difficult subject to do more than scratch the surface of in a high school context, although this is true of almost every subject taught at high school.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    I’ve often pondered the continual failure to include ethics & morality in our educational curricula.

    Um. Using the internet effectively to find answers to questions is also taught in schools these days.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Don Brash’s latest from last night is this pearl of wisdom;

    He just had to go. John Key's main positive legacy, apart from the three way handshake, was ridding us of this tedious old fool.

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  • Hard News: Dilemmas: the drug-driving ad…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    They’re high.

    Oh, I see. I was completely confused. The only time I've ever had a break from reality at that kind of level was on booze, so I thought it was about that.

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  • Hard News: Reassure Me: cannabis,…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You only need a very little bit.

    A very experienced user will probably be accustomed to getting a dosage far beyond what they actually wanted (I don't want to say overdose because that implies toxicity, which is not quite the same thing), and have some inkling that time will probably get them back down, whereas a first timer going sky high is likely to have a very bad trip, scaring the daylights out of them.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Yeah I couldn't enthuse about the idea of telling other people they missed an opportunity to invite a snake into their house, let alone telling people that snake is almost certain to bite, to do so. Tim could have interviewed them himself, just to get the idea out of his system.

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  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to william blake,

    It restores my faith in human nature.

    Ditto. They got their free speech and most NZers neither wanted to hear it, nor host it. It's a precedent I'm happy with. I hope this is how it goes for any similar acts who want to come here. We do not tolerate preaching intolerance, and sure, that's a paradox. It's a much better paradox than the alternative, that ending violence often takes more extreme violence.

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  • Hard News: Reassure Me: cannabis,…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m not sure about the way some jurisdictions aren’t allowing concentrates for that reason.

    If the plant itself is legal, then concentrates are somewhat less of a high priority. Yes, of course they are more efficient, but they are also more...concentrated. I guess once doses are well controlled and understood that's less problematic, but people getting mega wasted as their first experience doesn't seem like a good idea. The main impediment to good portable vaporizers that simply take the herb itself is that it's not legal to carry the herb, or anything clearly used for taking it. If that changes, then a slower process for the introduction of concentrates doesn't seem like a dreadful thing.

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