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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Opus 2015-207: Technology, the New Opiate of the People

I run into many students who don’t believe they need to learn basic arithmetic because they have a calculator.  A lot of teachers seem to feel the same way.  The problem is that a calculator only helps you have accurate wrong answers.  It doesn’t help you convert the issues of real life, such as a home mortgage, into knowledge that will help you make decisions if you do not have the basic principles in your mind.  If you don’t know that 2,500 % is a ridiculous answer when it should be 4% then no technology in the world will help you. 

Calculators simply cover up the lack of basic skills in arithmetic.  Computers do the same.  We are seeing lessons that do everything for the student and allow them to hide behind bells and whistles to look creative.  Some teachers use them because they are pressured.  Some teachers like them because they are easy and the computer does all the work.  Some teachers like them because they don’t know any better.

But are the computers really teaching the students how to write and do math?

Soon we will not need teachers, just computer techies.

Computers are limited by the skill of the programer.  A dictionary is limited by the skill of the seeker.  This was clear to me when I tried to find the spelling of onomatopoeia on a computer’s spell check.  After several frustrating minutes on the computer dictionary, I found it in the paper dictionary in about 15 seconds.  Why?  Because I am smarter than a computer.  So are you.  I know the principles of finding a word I can’t spell.  No computer programer can think up all the possibilities and computers can only do what the programer puts in.

They may assemble I-pods but they will never design a better one.

homo unius libri

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