Pilot Letter: Preparing for the status quo


The writer laments over the prevalence of low tech in recommended school supplies lists.

If I had to distill all my lessons learned in a 30-year career in high tech down to just one, it would be this: Sometimes the analog solution is best.

In many different ways — mundane, subtle and sometimes complex — technology does far more to put people to sleep than to wake them up.

As a result, I don’t find the writer’s lament compelling. Paper and pencil may seem primitive, but they impose no constraints on consciousness or reason. Quite the reverse.

9 thoughts on “Pilot Letter: Preparing for the status quo

    1. Ah, Personal Property Taxes, my favorite, a tax on cars, boats, trailers, campers, and other rapidly depreciating assets. What a remarkable way to provide a revenue stream.


        1. Oh no. I knew you meant Real Estate Tax. I just wanted to rag on idiots (in the gov’t) who think Personal Property Tax is smart. You tax APPRECIATING assets to keep a steady stream of income.


  1. So long as our schools are funded by property taxes there will be the paper and pencil schoolhouses of Eastern Kentucky and the laptop and 3D printers of Scarsdale, NY.

    Children just have to learn to pick better parents.

    (SA😉…sarcasm alert)

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    1. What sarcasm? Children picking better parents?
      It’s same the method this country has used to pick its leaders since inception. “Gee, the sons and grandsons of successful and intelligent men MUST be successful and intelligent too. Right?”
      Bush, Trump, Romney, Adams, Roosevelt,….


  2. One of the greatest inventions for the teaching of complex subjects, i.e., mathematics, was the digital computer and interactive graphics.

    One of the greatest detriments to the understanding of complex subjects, i.e., mathematics, is the digital computer and interactive graphics.

    And, I mean that.

    To quote Richard Hamming (discoverer of the Neural Networks and Hamming Windows, father of modern numerical methods, and on and on), “The purpose of computing is insight not numbers,” which he followed in the next year with “The purpose of computing numbers is not yet in sight.”

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  3. STEM education is important in today’s world. But as the father of an English teacher, the old ways are still the best for learning, IMHO.

    Not all are cut out for STEM programs after HS. It is not the end-all, be all career path for everyone. I turned down the Navy Nuke program, even though I was quite qualified, because I felt I would be setting myself up for failure due to my limited mechanical/electrical abilities. Students should be exposed to them, but if the aptitude ain’t there, it shouldn’t be forced on them.

    High School, in particular, should be a time of discovery for students. Being exposed to the old and the new and finding what excites them.

    Do schools need better funding to offer students exposure to many paths available? Absolutely! But the sarcastic nature of this letter does nothing to forward and support the argument for that funding.

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    1. It took 1000 years to climb from the Dark Ages and produce the technology of the 1990s and 2000s.
      And only 20 years for that technology to devolve us to Trump.


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