Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Opus 2013-91: Immortal Quotes: Sacrificing Liberty, Revisited, Part 2 of 3

I think of how educators want to apply technology.  They want to give students computers and get them using the internet.  Is this to hone their skills and raise their level of achievement?  Educators say it is but in reality they are trying to make it easy for students to learn.  They think that if they can go on line, suddenly understanding the concept of checks and balances will become a part of their life.  They think that if you have cool graphics they will learn to work with quadratic equations.  They think that action on the screen will get them to understand the rows and columns of the periodic table.

It doesn’t work.  Sloth will never replace sleuth.  The lazy students get more lazy and learn less.  Unfortunately the motivated students also begin to take short cuts and ask themselves what is the point of hard work. 

Try to understand.  It doesn’t do you any good to have a calculator if you don’t know enough to recognize a wrong answer.  Let me give you an example from my life.  If I have not done it for a while I can never remember how to figure percentages.  I know it involves dividing, multiplying and decimal points but the order of things has left me.  I experiment with a few combinations using identical numbers and when I get an answer that makes sense I am back on board.  What percent is 1/8 of 100?  If I do it one way I get 800 percent.  If I do it another way I get 12.5.  I have seen students get 800, write it down and go on with life because they are too lazy to think it through.

When you apply this lack of perspicacity to politics and economics you have the rise of tyranny.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

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