Mar. 24th, 2014

novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
U.S. Supreme Court will not hear appeal of Chancery Court confidential arbitration ruling -- Yes, a split SCOTUS deigned to leave intact a lower court's decision that secret hearings are unconstitutional.

Warning over burning aborted foetuses -- This is in the UK. Still, when I heard of this, I shrugged. Had this had happened in my life, I wouldn't have blinked. An aborted fetus is recognized quite often as superfluous. (Miscarriages are a different matter.) In any case, the woman involved should be apprised of the options of disposal.

Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, Dead at 50 -- No, I was not a fan. But there were some Backtable inside jokes regarding Gwar (particularly with regards to [profile] xiombarg, IIRC). It's the passing of an era.

Creationists want equal airtime on Cosmos -- Um, no. They want to be the equivalent of trolls, disrupting conversation. Let them secure their own show & see how many people tune in.
novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
If you didn't know, I work for a scoring facility. We score the tests of middle- & high-school students across the country. The season is not long but it is intense.

We scorers are sworn to absolute secrecy as to the nature of questions, even to the methodology of scoring methods. The entire industry is cloaked in secrecy.

So who is it that broke security to take these pictures for this National Review story? Either it involved administrators, students, or scorers. No other subgroup exists. (Oh, also, parents. These pics may have occurred during homework time instead of proctor time. *sigh*)

The sad thing about the story is that, given just maybe 30 seconds, it becomes clear what logic is needed to address the question. Yes, Common Core is going to be a bear for the first two or three years, as curricula catches up, but beyond that students should be able to adjust. The only item I can't figure out at first glance is "doubles +1", because a relevant portion of the page is missing.


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