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расписание уроков

5 March 2015 | Culturology, Education, Sex | No Comments

в дополнение к жирафам:

Professor Christian Graugaard, a sexology professor at Aalborg University in Denmark, <...> believes that pupils aged 13 and above should be able to view and discuss pornographic images and literature as part of sex education classes.

Research conducted in the Nordic countries suggests that young people encounter pornography online when they are in their early teens, with studies showing that up to 99% of teenage boys and 86% of teenage girls in the Nordic countries have seen some pornography.

“Young people, like the rest of us, are part of a sexualised post-modern society, says Graugaard. “What I am proposing is that we reinvent sex education in the classroom. Rather than focusing on the technical disease-related or biological aspects of sex, we should also use this platform to discuss and show other phenomena, such as pornography, taught by trained teachers, so that young people can develop a critical approach to what they are seeing.”

все правильно, разумеется, — однако, надо так же понимать, в какой степени Дания не похожа на другие страны, насколько датчане в принципе свободнее.

зато не могу не представить себе реакцию со стороны ревнителей традиционных ценностей — вот уж где настоящее веселье было бы и потеха.


basic values

30 December 2013 | Culturology, Education | 2 Comments

новые занятия @ Coursera, апрель, 2014: Understanding Russians — Contexts of Intercultural Communication.

записался, разумеется (чудесный акцент, кстати, — так скучал без него, так хандрил… денно и нощно, literally).


который считал до десяти

11 October 2013 | Education, Personal, Software | 2 Comments

Computing for Data Analysis? оказывается, исключительно легко (и досрочно). а я ведь даже не программист.

кстати, уже давно хотел рассказать про R, что необыкновенно понятна и чудесна в обработке данных, — и которую я, ничтоже сумняшеся, даже использовал в качестве замены Microsoft Excel (а так же вместо обычного калькулятора). ну, вот и повод, как говорится.



28 July 2013 | Education, Metaphysics, Personal | 3 Comments

Ричард Алан Фридман, пожалуйста, о нашем внутреннем времени:

It’s simple: if you want time to slow down, become a student again. Learn something that requires sustained effort; do something novel. Put down the thriller when you’re sitting on the beach and break out a book on evolutionary theory or Spanish for beginners or a how-to book on something you’ve always wanted to do. Take a new route to work; vacation at an unknown spot. And take your sweet time about it.

наверное, это прозвучит смешно и парадоксально, но чем больше я делаю, both physically and mentally, тем больше у меня появляется энергии идти куда-то дальше. обворожительная же летняя истома, — она выпивает тебя до дна.


child of a noble race, trained by surrounding art

10 July 2013 | Culturology, Education | 1 Comment

вот, кстати, и статья об английских привилегированных частных школах:

There is a bizarre belief held by many that success in Britain correlates to intelligence and hard work. This is a very middle class concept. What the upper class understands is that success stems from two things: confidence – or, at least, the appearance of confidence, and community. And they are the purpose of public school.

So, all those hours of sport, the diet[1], the uncomfortable beds – they are all part of a process. They ensure that no one is fat, and that everyone reaches the maximum of their genetically permitted height – that everyone appears healthy, fit.

But more importantly, they are all about team building. These activities exist to build generation after generation who will work together to run a now vanished empire.

все так.


  1. love that part, too:

    Every afternoon, for at least an hour, and often two, we played sport. I say “played”. It was, particularly in the pre-Christmas ‘Michaelmas’ term, significantly more brutal than that. To warm up before rugby, we would be made to sprint lengths of the pitch until, sometimes, the less fit children vomited. We would lie in the mud with our feet in the air until our stomachs screamed in agony, and, gradually, formed themselves into neat rows of muscle. And then, come rain or hail or ice or snow, we would play.

    When we’d finished, we would limp back to our various houses, where we’d boil a large pot of spaghetti, mix in a jar of pesto sauce, and sit round with our peers and a loaf of bread. Using the sliced white to grab, we would swallow handful after handful of oily, salty pasta. Table manners are largely a chain the aristocracy use to tie down the aspirant bourgeoisies.



на каждом углу, бувально

8 July 2013 | Education | No Comments

удивительно, насколько в одной стране уживается и цензура, и просвещение [PDF]:

Public libraries served 297.6 million people throughout the United States, a number that is equivalent to 96.4 percent of the total U.S. population. In FY 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries (administrative entities) in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (Figure A). There were 17,078 public library outlets, including branches and bookmobiles. This translates to approximately 3.0 public libraries and 5.8 outlets for every 100,000 people. Public libraries had an average of 1.9 outlets, ranging from single outlet libraries (7,204 of all public libraries) to libraries with up to 90 outlets (including branches and bookmobiles). Most public libraries (81.0 percent) are single outlet libraries. While the population within the legal service area increased by 9.2 percent from FY 2001 to 2010, the number of public libraries remained stable, with a 10-year increase of less than 1 percent.

Although libraries in cities and suburbs comprise just over a quarter (28.4 percent) of all public libraries, they serve almost three-quarters (72.5 percent) of the population. Public libraries in cities have 2.9 outlets per 100,000 people, whereas libraries in rural areas have 16.94 outlets per 100,000 people. In FY 2010, there were 487 public libraries in cities, 2,055 in suburban areas, 2,222 in towns, and 4,187 in rural areas. Public libraries in cities operate in densely populated areas, so one library can serve many people, often by having multiple branches throughout the city. In contrast, public libraries in rural areas often serve a population spread over a large geographic area. Even though they have different challenges in meeting the needs of the people in their service areas, public libraries in all locales use a variety of strategies to extend their reach, including bookmobiles, books by mail, expanded digital resources and outreach programs.

интернет, конечно, сильно изменил положение вещей для меня лично, — но раньше, да, по приезде на новое место, будь то хоть пара недель, я сразу шел в библиотеку.


свобода выбора

6 April 2013 | Education, Internet, Lifeform | No Comments

опубликованные недавно исследования степени успешного завершения массовых открытых онлайн-курсов в равной мере должны были насторожить и евангелистов, и инвесторов. в конце концов, оно и верно:

Most MOOCs have completion rates of less than 10%, Jordan pointed out, and though enrollment numbers can reach 180,000 or more, most classes top out around 50,000. It’s interesting to note that of the schools and courses included in Jordan’s study, the highest percent of completion achieved was just 19.2% in the Functional Programming Principles in Scala class from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

среди причин называют как слишком большие требования ко времени, так и небоходимый порог знаний, и многое другое. однако, все куда проще, мне кажется.

например, я бы не назвал лекции многотрудными — наоборот, почти все курсы, что слушал, ощутимо легче реальных университетских. но вопрос даже не в этом — полагаю, в основном люди просто ищут то, что вдруг их зацепит и увлечет. так, не буду скрывать, прошлой осенью записался и я на тот самый многострадальный курс по астрономии (более 60’000 участников изначально, из которых только около 3.5% были награждены сертификатом о прохождении). но в том-то и дело, что акценты в предмете были расставленны элементарно не там, где ожидал — и я тут же покинул строй участников, бесконечно радуясь тому, что не обязан теперь до конца семестра выслушивать абсолютно неинтересные для меня чтения.

и подобная свобода лично управлять собственным образованием (равно как и приоритет непосредственно знаний, а не дипломов) — это и есть самый главный плюс; идеальный универсистет, которого до сих пор у нас никогда не было.


on coursera

22 March 2013 | Cinematograph, Education, Personal | No Comments

цитата, само собой:

Linda Ash: And so there I am on the first day, on the set, and there’s this guy fucking me from behind, right, and there’s these two huge guys dressed like cops in my mouth at the same time and I remember thinking to myself, “I like acting. I wanna study.”


higher education is a basic human right

4 November 2012 | Education, Internet, Lifeform | 1 Comment

немного о чудесной Coursera (где и сам учусь):

These students, a sliver of the more than 1.7 million who have registered with Coursera since April, reflect a surge of interest this year in free online learning that could reshape higher education. The phenomenon puts big issues on the table: the growth of tuition, the role of a professor, the definition of a student, the value of a degree and even the mission of universities.

еще, еще. и с другой стороны.