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1 Norbrook  Apr 10, 2014 8:35:18am

These administrators have to get their heads out of their asses. What he’s doing is challenging his students, and making them work out actual principles and test them, and no, none of these are “dangerous.” Cripes, we used to do “more dangerous” stuff in the elementary school science classes.

2 Dark_Falcon  Apr 10, 2014 9:06:03am

re: #1 Norbrook

These administrators have to get their heads out of their asses. What he’s doing is challenging his students, and making them work out actual principles and test them, and no, none of these are “dangerous.” Cripes, we used to do “more dangerous” stuff in the elementary school science classes.

Agreed. This was lawsuit phobia taken to stupid extremes.

3 Political Atheist  Apr 10, 2014 9:11:38am

LAUSD is an embarrassment to the state and public education.

Good thing nobody pointed a finger and said bang, that would really set off alarms.

4 majii  Apr 10, 2014 9:59:58pm

Hell, if it were left up to these nervous ninnies, no scientific research would be possible. Since I’m a retired teacher, I can say that this problem is not confined to schools in CA. I worked with some people that I wondered why they were working in the field of education because they were so close-minded and easily scared of the littlest things. Of course, most who fit into this category self-identified as republicans.

5 lostlakehiker  Apr 10, 2014 10:27:51pm

I like rail guns. Which, incidentally, are not handheld weapons. They are, however, cool science.

Gerard K O’Niell’s big futuristic idea relied heavily on using rail guns he called mass drivers, which were to have been the technology by which we got mass into useful places in space without having to lift it from the earth. If it had been tried and had been workable, we would have had solar power satellites by now, beaming down microwaves to antennas that rectified it into grid power.

Maybe that’s moot by now; wind and solar costs on earth are dropping and the technology is on the verge of undercutting coal and natural gas for generating electricity. (On any honest accounting, wind and solar already cost less, but an honest accounting factors in the damage the resulting CO2 does and since neither the producer nor the user of fossil fuels bears that damage, it doesn’t get factored in as a cost, not now anyhow.)

6 Dark_Falcon  Apr 11, 2014 9:05:59am

re: #4 majii

Hell, if it were left up to these nervous ninnies, no scientific research would be possible. Since I’m a retired teacher, I can say that this problem is not confined to schools in CA. I worked with some people that I wondered why they were working in the field of education because they were so close-minded and easily scared of the littlest things. Of course, most who fit into this category self-identified as republicans.

As I said, with schools its typically about lawsuits, which can pretty scary. Much that is due to the fact that the best methods for getting people to learn involve pushing the envelope somewhat, but pushing the envelope and thinking outside the box are often easy for a hostile lawyer to paint in a bad light for a jury. Moreover, the Discovery often allowed in lawsuits can easily bring to light various DERPs and minor-to-moderates failings that any institution accumulates over time but which can often look damning if presented as such by opposing council.

Lawsuits are also just plain bad publicity, and a school with selective admission (as the Cortines School is) can see its next freshman class shrink sizably if it gets very much negative press. And last and not least, unless you have liability insurance lawsuits are expensive. And if a school has insurance its going to find itself somewhat hedged in by the insurance company, which will naturally want to reduce risk and settle cases to limit its exposure.


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