Hello Reddit! As the United States has struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools across the country have pushed to reopen. As Georgia schools typically start in August, Georgia has, in many ways, been the epicenter of school reopenings and spread of the virus among students, faculty, and staff (districts such as Paulding County and Cherokee County have recently made national news). I resigned this week, about three weeks prior to my district's first day of school, mostly due to a lack of mask requirement and impossibility of social distancing within classrooms.
Edit: Thanks for the gold!
Edit 2: Thank you to Redditors who gave awards and again to everyone who asked questions and contributed to the discussion. I am pleasantly surprised at the number of people this post has reached. There are teachers - and Americans in general - who are in more dire positions medically and financially tha... keep reading on reddit ➡
Like we already know the upper limits of natural human strength and fitness and that should be the main focus. But it’d be really ducking cool to see what we can do at the peak of human ability + drugs. IMO that’s like the combined might of sheer fucking will and determination and whatever drugs add to the mix.
Let me preface by saying, I am a black, pansexual woman. Let me tell you,my school life SUCKED.
I live in a predominantly white area outside of Cincinnati that has a 3% black population. I was bullied A LOT at school. I actually had to switch schools at one point because it got so bad. Someone put a noose in my cubby. Then, in high school, I cut off my hair and went natural (no relaxers) which was a big decision for me. Well apparently it was "distracting". When I was in the theater program, they only had 1 set of stage makeup for black people... 3 tones too dark for my skin (to put it in perspective, there were 10 total options. The next darkest was probably meant for latinx people).
It was middle school/high school when I realized I wasn't straight. I was scared shitless. My parents told me to tell noone because I live in a fairly conservative town. When I got crushes on people who weren't men I was terrified and felt ashamed. Teachers blatantly told me same-sex marriage was bad.... keep reading on reddit ➡
Black people in the United States face increased likelihood of adverse health outcomes compared to white people. For example, rates of heart disease, stroke, and infant mortality are higher for Black people -- Black babies are over twice as likely to survive when treated by Black doctors. Health outcome models and algorithms even predict that Black people are sicker than white people with similar health risk. Medical research and practice have long devalued the humanity of Black people in the United States, too: Black men were misled, mistreated, and abused by studies like the Tuskegee syphilis study; Black women have [much higher likelihood](https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/02/20/why-are-black-women-at-such-high-risk-of-dying-from-pregnancy-... keep reading on reddit ➡
I mean, has The United States of America ever needed math and science more in its history than right now? Telling students this ingrains, for the rest of their life, complacency and disregard for the world around them.
Math and science classes don’t always have direct application, no, but calling them useless because of that is a naive oversimplification. These classes teach critical thinking. These classes teach problem solving. These classes teach our students how to think about things.
I understand the benefit in telling a student that is struggling in math class that he/she is not destined to be a failure because of it. But that is totally separate from “bragging” (especially around young people) that you don’t use math in your career (even though you probably do even if you don’t realize it). That is being a bad influence on a very easily influenced population of people.
Math is money. Science is life. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist for these things to be importan... keep reading on reddit ➡
Science is by far the most interesting subject as it is the study of the smallest things in the universe all the way to the biggest and brightest things. It also teaches how the universe works and how things on earth work. However the reason many students find it boring is because the curriculum doesn't do a good job at explaining these things and instead teaches very specific things rather then a summary of the subject. If it wasn't this way then it would make kids want to further learn about their preferred science.
And in my personal experience, and from what I've seen online, most people get sucky teachers who don't do a good job at making science fun.
Hello Reddit! Science has a diversity problem. From 2002 to 2017, around 50,000 people earned Ph.D.s each year, but the percentage of Black PhDs graduating increased from just 5.1% to 5.4%. This is concerning for a number of reasons. A large body of research shows that diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) improves the outcomes of the scientific enterprise. Further, the lack of diversity is damaging to the public when it comes to trust in science, willingness to listen to expert scientific suggestions, and patient health. For example, research shows that African American patients receive better care and are more likely to agree to invasive interventions if they have a doctor that looks like them. However, since... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm just stupefied by some of my colleagues. I teach with 20 in my department (science) and I've talked to at least 8 that think Covid-19 is in some way a hoax. Or that "the numbers aren't real". I have heard Facebook-spread talking points like "It has a 99% survival rate" or "It's been around since last October. We have all probably had it already!"
I get that skepticism is alright. It's a good characteristic to have, but in the absence of any real evidence to support a claim...you should not be spreading misinformation and basing decisions off of that. A lack of evidence goes against the very crux of scientific investigation.
So if you are a science teacher and you spread this kind of crap I truly believe you need to leave. YOU are the problem with science education in the United States [and the world].
As a science teacher I look at the data and think "That doesn't look great. Maybe schools should stay closed to students and we go virtual," or I just look at what the ex... keep reading on reddit ➡
My junior year of high school (2016-2017) I had to take a biology class. It was generally a freshman or sophomore class but as I had been jumping between high schools, I still needed the biology credit. As such I was the only junior in the class.
My science teacher was a very rude person. Not in a “I hate you” kind of way, but in an “I’m better than all of you and I can do no wrong” kind of way. He made it a habit to hand out detentions like candy, to the point where the school had to ask him to stop giving people detention.
Obviously none of us liked him and made it our sole purpose to annoy the shit out of him, and thus the entire year was full of malicious compliance from all of us, like not coming back to class when he sent us out of the room.
As the teacher added more rules it became easier to find ways to annoy him. When he added a rule about leaving backpacks in the front of the room with phones in them, I was already having a bad day and decided to have some fun.
We were wa... keep reading on reddit ➡
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Im not going to go much into detail cause Reddit hates these posts but still. You see people all the time just denying science for some sort of agenda i feel like and it has lead to many problems. I doubt i can list them hear but you all know what im talking about like masks. Politics really needs to stop interfering with science.
Edit: a lot of people are saying that this has always been around and yes it has i so agree that its just that social media just makes it more noticeable the point is that these people still have power
Edit:2 im more referring to people that deny proven facts and well supported science not science in general btw
Edit3: btw im not saying to follow science blindly i think we should do research from many non biased sources and see what most of them say don't believe ALL science either because of biased sources thanks politics.
I could've made the title better its just as much people making science political as literal denying
George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Philando Castille. Their lives were cut short by police brutality and their stories have galvanized waves of protests across the world. Yet police brutality is not a new issue. For many Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, the impact and fear of police brutality is felt daily and has been for generations. We are researchers who study how policing affects Black Americans’ physical and mental health. We also research interventions to better understand what might reduce police brutality and what measures can help impacted communities heal. Join us for an evidence based discussion about the effects of policing and police brutality in America.keep reading on reddit ➡
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6 ft guys are taller there fore there distance to the ground is larger giving them more potential energy. If Potential energy = potential to get a girlfriend.
(Bit of a rant. If I was one of the deadly sins I'd be wrath, sorry)
(I'm also aware MBTI isn't peak science, but some things are just fun)
To me personally, truth and honesty are the most important values in life and I seek to know the truth about things. I find science to be the closest thing to discovering the truth we currently have. Even if it changes and we get better information I adjust accordingly.
I mean, I don't really care about minor differences in perspective, personal truths or the like. Like I don't believe in a god but I can't really disprove it to anyone other than just stating why I personally think there isn't a need for one, for example. I don't tend to argue about these things rather than give my perspective if someone asks, and they can take it however they want.
But there's the things that piss me off more than any personal insult or such ever would. It's when people shit on science or misrepresent it for their own agendas or some shit without actually doing... keep reading on reddit ➡
Sagan is at the JPL watching the data come back from Voyager.
Talking about the Viking Landers which were still operational at that time.
This is ancient history.. but for some reason, still feels incredibly prescient...
those missions are why we did things like Cassini, Galileo, Juno, and all the subsequent rover missions.
watch it again if you haven't seen it in a while.
Obviously a throwaway account. To avoid anything giving me away, let’s just say I’ve a large deal of experience in machine learning and data science.
However, I can’t help but feel like this entire profession is simply a high floor, low ceiling type path. You see people in sales, finance, marketing, and the like advance to managerial roles while you stay “data scientist”. Not to mention that more and more of the job is being abstracted away. I’m pretty sure even a mediocre software engineer could be a passable data scientist, but the opposite isn’t true.
What are some good options to leverage the skills I’ve acquired up to this point?