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On 11/08/2018 at 12:45 AM by Super Step

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I have nothing else to say, so here are my reactions to the first section of the most recent NWP podcast out of context:

By Bader Meinoff (Bernie Madoff? lol) Syndrome, did Mike mean Dunning-Kruger? Or did I hear that wrong? 

 A lot of what I'm hearing so far is people who are actually interested in learning something being more capable of learning it. Hmmm ... HMMMMMM ...

 What school system did Mike grow up in? I definitely got the sanitized version of Christopher Columbus as well, and Catholic schools like the ones I attended weren't necessarily required to follow what the rest of the state did to the letter. And we learned PLENTY of wrong shit about Columbus. I really want to read that Lies My Teacher Taught Me book. 

 Wait, you don't know what Watergate is? There's a movie about that, dude (All The President's Men). Bob Woodward has written some shit, and while it's likely to have a skew, it's definitely not from Nixon's cabinet. lol 

 My former roommate is an archivist, and I concur with Mike's assertion about history being lost cause people "can't write." lol And, oh yeah, STEM is HUGE. SFASU, the university where I taught, just added a STEM building, despite their bread and butter being Nursing (STEM-related, yes, but already has its own building), Education, and Forestry. 

I also agree with Julian's frustration with not being really told what math could be used for. I still distinctly remember a math textbook in high school that had little boxes dedicated to "real world applications" and was not super excited about the trajectory of a plane. It wasn't about how to get it off the ground, which would be an actual job, just measuring the trajectory once it was in the air. Ok? Cool?

 I'm on board with most of the RPG idea, except the necessity of math being turn-based would still make me hate it. 

 Markiplier is actually a good human in real life from what I'm aware of, but Jesus Christ those complaints about YouTube is super accurate. 

 I'm just going to say that a lot of issues with Texas education have to do with the culture outside the classroom ... and leave it at that for now. 

 Who is that wrestler in the clip? lol 



Matt Snee Staff Writer

11/08/2018 at 06:20 PM


Super Step Contributing Writer

11/08/2018 at 09:18 PM


Matt Snee Staff Writer

11/08/2018 at 10:01 PM

I read the whole thing and nothing made sense to me. Guess i have to listen to the podcast...

Super Step Contributing Writer

11/08/2018 at 10:28 PM

Hahaha if the mood strikes you. To give this SOME context, it was all about "gameifying education."


11/08/2018 at 11:24 PM

My online classes are a bit like games. I have labs where I manipulate equipment in virtual office spaces and on CG buildings. They aren't particularly entertaining. Simulations are fine for the classroom. Any other game mechanics will just distract you from learning anything, I think.

The idea that you can have fun and learn something at the same time is probably bogus. It's like something a teacher says to get you to do the homework. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

11/09/2018 at 12:12 AM

Mike Fallek, the guest on this podcast, pointed out that school already is somewhat gameified. You've got scores with GPA, levels with 4th, 5th, 6th grades and so on, etc. 


11/09/2018 at 07:08 PM

Yea, GPAs and such. I'm trying to post a high score in Networking and Information Technology Management at the moment. 


11/10/2018 at 04:41 PM

Let's see:

-I grew up in a time when Columbus was celebrated, we had Christmas/Valentine's and other parties in school, and heck being in California we even learned about the Missions. We learned later on how awful they were to Indians. Speaking of, I still use the term Indians. 

-Lies My Teacher Taught Me is a good read. I don't think I really had a good/bad story of history until college. I had a little bit when for a project for class I learned that my great uncle and aunt broke a local law for getting into an interracial marriage in California. 

-Years from now our history is going to be full of nothing but hashtags and selfies. Sorry future civilizations. 

-I wish math classes in high school would teach basics like balacing a check book and keeping a budget. Learning that at 18-19 is  like going from swimming into a kiddie pool to be dumped into the middle of the Pacific. 

I saw in the comments that the podcast was about turning education into a game. In a way I see as that now. It's a choose your own adventure game where you make decisions that will affect you in the future.Do you do the right thing, get the positve energy and be in better shape to have the better equipment for the future, or do you mess around, not  have the same tools, and when you get to the boss battle quickly regret your decisions. And of course during all of it you get scored.

Super Step Contributing Writer

11/11/2018 at 05:30 AM

It's crazy to think how not long ago interracial marriage became legal. 








See, I got used to balancing a budget fairly quickly and we actually were taught how to balance a check book in my 8th grade class (though I quickly forgot that skill and it isn't really relevant to me now, since I use plastic and online banking for everything). It's the job search I feel gets turned on hard mode every time. 








I was really thinking this time would be easier and faster because I have a Master's, two and a half years teaching experience, managerial experience, customer service experience, experience in my field, etc. all on my resume. I've been to several different career services type places and such, had promising interviews, and in six months I've found some part time gig where I barely make 10 hours each week (because I'm really good at it and can do it quickly, but still). It's like I prepared for the end boss in one game and got thrown into a Ninja Gaiden x Bloodborne crossover at the last minute. lol

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