leonidas wrote:Holy Cow!
It took them three paragraphs before they revealed the statisically insignificant amount of 260 gun deaths versus 256 car deaths.
Thank goodness they stopped teaching critical thinking in the schools and universities long ago, otherwise the tribune would follow it's peers around the country and go out of business for lack of truthful and meaningful content.
There's a very good reason I took a two-year break (and counting) from finishing my Bachelor's, and much of it revolves around two central concepts:
1. It isn't worth anything, any more. Too many people have managed to slide through college, without actually learning anything, for far too long. The value of a 4+ year degree (mine is 5 plus pre-reqs
) has diminished to the point that in 2009 and 2010, the number of job openings requiring a Bachelor's degree
for a $10/hr position exceeded non-skilled positions requiring no degree with higher pay.
2. There is no longer anything even remotely resembling critical thinking being taught or encouraged. It's all about finding some one else's ideas on the interwebs, tweaking them for your own paper/project/opinion, and passing them to a professor that uses an auto-grading program and never actually looks at the craptastic work students are turning in. Professors don't care, since they're still making money. The institutions don't care, since they're still making money and enrollment is up. Students don't care, since they're getting their worthless degrees without putting any effort into it.
In 2010, I had easily secured a perfect grade in an Anthropology course. So, I decided to see how far I could push the limits of the wonderful institution I was attending, with my 'final project'.
I wrote a 28 page paper discussing the historical collection, storage, and preparation of dried desert locusts by Pronghorn Antelope, and the subsequent raiding of the Antelope's stashes by Zuni tribes living in stilt houses on Strawberry Reservoir . My bibliography read like something you'd see in Aqua Teen Hunger Force
; citing Marge Simpson, the University of Smithers, the White Rabbit, and Father Horny Toad as scientific sources. I was awarded an "A" for the paper.
I didn't like the media before, but...
When I read news articles now, all I can do is assume that the author stole or paid for all of the papers required to pass their "Ethics in Journalism" course, or that the instructor/professor was another one of the lazy fools...
And, even if the author got it right; can you trust the source?
I need a new signature. This one sucks.